Talking Freight Seminars
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. After submitting your registration you will receive an email with the login information for the seminar. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Chip Millard via e-mail at Chip.Millard@dot.gov.
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.
|Date & Time
||Description of Topic
||Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
|Wednesday, December 19, 2018
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
|Using Freight Data in the Proper Geographic Contexts: Challenges and Opportunities
||While freight activity utilizes a mix of different networks, from the global to the local, each movement depends on the same transportation system. In many cases, a study area's geography may be small when compared the users on the system (a local connector study) or so broad that geography may not matter (national traffic patterns). Not all freight transportation data can be used at every geographic level; some data can only be used for macro-level geographic analyses, while other data are only appropriate to use at small-scale or micro-level geographies. For transportation agencies and companies that are interested in conducting freight transportation analyses for larger geographies, such as for an entire state or along an entire multijurisdictional corridor, or for smaller geographies, such as for a metropolitan area or county, conducting those analyses can be challenging because data may not be useful for the required level of analysis without additional, analytical rigor. There are also different of uses for freight data, ranging from simply education to project prioritization, which are not necessarily the traditional mode, commodity, and origin/destination freight data approach.
There are various transportation data sources in the public and private sector. Some of these sources are freight transportation-specific, like the Freight Analysis Framework, while others contain more general measures (demographic, economic, etc.) or geographic data (roadway networks, traffic counties, etc.) that can be adopted into a freight study. Many challenges exist when transforming data to the proper geographic scope, where the planner's needs are aligned with the required planning needs.
This webinar will discuss how different transportation entities are examining freight transportation using geography as the research goal, and are trying to make freight data "fit into" the study area. The presenters will focus on the challenges they have faced in conducting freight analyses at both large and small-scale geographies, and provide insights concerning where data gaps exist and/or future research needs regarding program management, operations, performance metrics, or general planning needs.
|Using Freight Transportation Data to Understand the Differences between Metropolitan Areas within a State
A series of presenters will provide an overview of a state DOT's efforts to understand freight flows within their state through research programs to address freight data gaps.
- Joel Worrell, Florida Department of Transportation
- Thomas Hill, Florida Department of Transportation
- Holly Cohen, Florida Department of Transportation
Utilizing Freight Transportation Data to Help Prioritize Projects along Key Freight Corridors (SmartScale) and Address Truck Parking Needs
This presentation will discuss how Virginia DOT has identified large and small-scale project needs along key freight corridors within the state.
- Erik Johnson, Virginia Department of Transportation
Using Freight Transportation Data to Examine Last Mile Freight Transportation Needs
This presentation will examine how freight traffic volume information can be integrated into regional and local land use planning.
- Michael Brown, Metro Analytics
- Chandler Duncan, Metro Analytics
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
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.
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