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Talking Freight Seminars

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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. 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.


Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
Wednesday, August 29th, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors Guidance and Designation Process Discussion The passage of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, in December 2015 created various, new provisions related to freight transportation planning. One of them was the establishment of the National Highway Freight Program, which identified a National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) comprised of various network components. State and local governments designate two components of the NHFN. One of the components is the Critical Urban Freight Corridors, which are identified and classified, depending on the size of the urbanized area, by state Departments of Transportation (state DOTs) or Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). The other component is the Critical Rural Freight Corridors, which are designated by the state DOTs. Designation of the Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors required state DOTs and MPOs to coordinate with each other to identify the most appropriate corridors to include in the program, and to ensure corridors crossing jurisdictional boundaries connected to each other or other state or local freight corridors of significance.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridor designation process, including the program requirements, and provide examples of how state DOTs and MPOs identified corridors within their jurisdictions and coordinated with other transportation planning partners as part of the designation process.

Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors Designation Process Overview
This presentation will review the state DOT and MPO requirements for designating Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors, and discuss how those organizations can update their designations as necessary in the future.

SPEAKER:

  • Chandra Bondzie, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations

State DOT Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors Identification and Designation Process Discussion
This presentation will discuss a state DOT's process for designating Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors in its jurisdiction, and talk about how the state coordinated with large MPOs in the state when Critical Urban Freight Corridors were identified in those areas.

SPEAKER:

  • Wenjuan Zhao, Washington State Department of Transportation

MPO Critical Urban Freight Corridors Identification and Designation Process Discussion
This presentation will examine an MPO's process for classifying Critical Urban Freight Corridors within its boundaries, and review how the MPO coordinated with multiple state DOTs when designating the corridors.

SPEAKER:

  • Jon Schermann, Metropolitan Washington (DC) Council of Governments

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 www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/freight_planning/talking_freight/index.cfm.

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
202-366-4415
Chip.Millard@dot.gov

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