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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. 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

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, September 19th, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Using Benefit Cost Analysis and the TOPS-BC for Evaluating Freight and Transportation Systems Management and Operations Strategies The Federal Highway Administration emphasizes analysis and performance management as integral elements for 1) the systematic process to develop and select maintenance and operations (M&O) strategies to meet objectives and 2) system performance monitoring and evaluation. As part of this effort, FHWA provides tools and resources related to benefit-cost analysis (BCA). One such resource is the Tool for Operations Benefit-Cost Analysis (TOPS-BC), which is a sketch-planning level decision support tool intended to provide guidance to transportation practitioners in conducting BCA for a wide range of Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) strategies.

This webinar will discuss the benefits of applying BCA to freight projects, including the recently added freight strategies for truck-only lanes, commercial motor vehicle compliance, truck parking information systems, and truck climbing lanes. The webinar will also provide an overview and tutorial on the TOPS-BC tool, and discuss how TOPS-BC could potentially be used to conduct BCA on TSMO or TSMO-related projects, included some freight-focused projects.

Overview of the Tool for Operations Benefit-Cost Analysis (5 minutes)
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the TOPS-BC and how it was developed.


  • Jim Hunt, FHWA Office of Transportation Management

Using Benefit-Cost Analysis to Examine Truck Parking Availability (15 minutes)
This presentation will discuss the development, deployment, and ongoing efforts related to Florida's Truck Parking Availability System.


  • Marie Tucker, Florida Department of Transportation

Using Benefit-Cost Analysis to Evaluate BUILD/TIGER Grant Project Feasibility (15 minutes)
This presentation will examine the benefits and costs associated with a BUILD/TIGER Program regional truck parking information and management system grant covering eight states in the Midwestern U.S.


  • Davonna Moore, Kansas Department of Transportation

Detailed Discussion about the Tool for Operations Benefit-Cost Analysis (25 minutes)
This presentation will review the TOPS-BC in more detail, discussing how the tool can be used for various applications, including freight transportation applications.


  • Michael Lawrence, Jack Faucett Associates and contractor developer for the FHWA TOPS-BC Tool

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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