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About the Peer-to-Peer Program

What is the Peer to Peer Program?

The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program is part of the ongoing Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Freight Professional Development (FPD) Program. P2P facilitates information sharing between public sector freight transportation professionals and provides technical assistance on an as-needed basis. By providing an opportunity for public sector Staff and Leaders to learn from their peers, the P2P Program identifies and expands state and regional noteworthy practices in the freight transportation field and builds relationships, understanding, and cooperation among key stakeholders.

Who Can Participate?

The P2P Program is open to public entities, including State departments of transportation (DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and rural/local planning organizations.

What Does the Program Provide?

The P2P Program provides targeted, customized technical assistance on a wide variety of freight issues related to freight planning and operations. To accomplish this, the program is comprised of five key components:

  • Peer/Expert Corps
  • Peer work sessions
  • Peer roundtables/Workshops
  • Peer dialogue
  • Freight scans

To learn more about these components, visit the Arranging a Peer Exchange page.

Other technical assistance elements of the FHWA's Freight Professional Development program that are already available include the Freight Planning LISTSERV and the Talking Freight Seminar Series. More information about these programs is available on http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/resources/assistance/index.htm

What are the Areas of Focus?

The P2P Program focuses on a broad range of topics, including planning, programming, project development, operations, and policy. A preliminary list of eligible topics is provided here; however, it is important to note that this list is meant as a guideline and is not intended to be exhaustive. Initial topic areas include:

  • Working with freight data
  • Developing regional freight and logistics profiles
  • Developing a Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) or Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) with freight components
  • Financing freight improvements
  • Multimodal approaches and coordination
  • Freight planning outreach
  • Vehicle size and weight
  • Developing a Statewide Freight Plan
  • Conducting freight studies
  • Considering and developing freight performance measures
  • Multijurisdictional planning efforts
  • Establishing public-private partnerships
  • Intermodal freight technology
  • Regional Permitting

How Can We Participate?

To arrange a peer exchange, or to discuss participating as a peer/expert, please send an email or give us a call at:

Email: FreightPeerExchange@fhwa.dot.gov
Call Toll Free: 1 866-727-3492, select option 6

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