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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. Please note that Non-USDOT employees must have an FHWA external collaboration account to register. If you do not have an account please visit to request one. Once you have an account you can register through the registration links below. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Chip Millard 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
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Good Practices in MPO Freight Planning Freight transportation planning has become more prominent at all levels of government, including the metropolitan region level, in recent years as freight transportation volumes have grown, freight transportation delivery patterns have diversified, and freight transportation policies, such as the FAST Act, has been implemented. Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) of all sizes have been taking steps to improve their freight planning initiatives. Some of these steps have included developing regional freight transportation plans, creating and convening regional goods movement committees that include public and private sector representation, examining and better understanding regional freight transportation flows, and identifying freight generating land uses within their jurisdictions. Larger MPOs with more staff and resources in particular have been able to implement various initiatives that have broadened the state of the practice in MPO freight planning, but smaller MPOs have also been able to increasingly integrate freight transportation into their MPO transportation planning initiatives through noteworthy practices, despite their more limited staffing and resources.

This webinar will examine good freight transportation planning practices being conducted by three large or medium-sized MPOs around the United States.

Overview of the Philly Freight Finder Tool
This presentation will discuss the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC, which serves as the Philadelphia area MPO) Philly Freight Finder, a software tool that incorporates data about freight facilities and freight generating land uses to examine regional freight transportation flows in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.


  • Mike Ruane, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

Using Freight Data in the Greater Los Angeles Area
This presentation will examine freight transportation flows and patterns within the Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG, which serves as the greater Los Angeles area MPO) jurisdiction.  The greater Los Angeles area is the second-largest urban area in the United States and home to the two largest container seaports in the U.S.


  • Annie Nam, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Freight Planning Initiatives in the Albany/Schenectady/Troy Metropolitan Area
This presentation will talk about some of the freight transportation planning efforts currently being conducted by the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC, which serves as the Albany/Schenectady/Troy area MPO), including the development of a regional Freight Priority Network and the region’s Freight Advisory Committee’s activities.  The CDTC area contains over 900,000 residents.


  • Chris Bauer, Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC)

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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