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Talking Freight Seminars


Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Nicole Coene (Leidos) via e-mail at

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
October 19, 2016
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Regional Models of Cooperation – Regional Collaboration in Freight Planning Most freight transportation, by its very nature, operates across municipal, county, state, and/or national boundaries, and those movements create economic impacts at all of those geographic levels. A significant portion of that freight also operates across multiple modes, and the infrastructure for those modes is often shared between freight movements and passenger movements. Freight transportation's cross-cutting geographic, economic, and modal nature means that understanding and addressing freight transportation needs often requires partnerships and cooperation between two or more jurisdictions or organizations, and these partnerships can take a variety of forms and involve a variety of organizations.

This webinar, which is a joint webinar between the FHWA Freight Office and FHWA Planning Office and part of the Planning Office's Regional Models of Cooperation initiative, will focus on different types of regional collaboration in freight planning. Speakers from the City of Chicago, Kansas City SmartPort, and the Arizona DOT will share their regional freight planning success stories, focusing on how they have collaborated across jurisdictional boundaries and with non-traditional partners to address the growing freight transportation-related issues and needs.
IFreight and Passenger Railroad Regional Cooperation – CREATE
This presentation will discuss the coordination efforts between the Chicago DOT, Illinois DOT, multiple Class I freight railroads, and Metra (Chicago area commuter rail operator) in implementing the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE).
  • Jeffrey Sriver, Chicago DOT
Transportation and Economic Development Cooperation – KC SmartPort
This presentation will examine the coordination between public sector transportation agencies, private sector freight transportation companies, and economic development agencies to promote freight transportation-related economic development efforts in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
  • Chris Gutierrez, KC SmartPort
Multi-State Freight Corridor Cooperation – Interstate 10 Western Connected Freight Corridor Pooled Fund Study
This presentation will provide an overview of a pooled fund study being conducted by the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to examine the Interstate 10 corridor, a key long distance, east-west truck corridor in the southwestern United States.
  • Reza Karimvand, Arizona DOT

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

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