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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, February 21, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Wyoming Interstate 80 Connected Vehicle Pilot Project In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of research conducted by both public sector government agencies and private sector vehicle manufacturers and freight carriers regarding connected and automated vehicles, including trucks.  Connected and automated trucks potentially could provide many benefits to both freight carriers and other roadway users, most obviously in the form of safer and more efficient operations and reduced costs.  Other, less obvious benefits may also be achievable however.  One such benefit could be to more easily monitor and share road conditions on high volume truck corridors, especially those vulnerable to disruptions such as severe weather events.

The state of Wyoming, a large, rural state that often experiences extreme weather during the winter months, has begun a connected vehicle pilot project to try to better monitor and share roadway conditions in the state along Interstate 80, the state’s primary east-west highway and truck corridor.  The Wyoming Department of Transportation views the freight industry as an important consumer of information about road conditions on I-80.  With truck volumes approaching nearly half of the total daily traffic on the roadway, WYDOT is working with national and local truck carriers to equip 400 trucks with connected vehicle technologies so weather forecasts and conditions can be shared directly to commercial fleet operators on the road as well as prior to the trip.

This webinar will highlight the ways that that state Departments of Transportation and freight carriers can work together to advance connected vehicle technologies while improving the quality of information available to trucks and fleet operators.

Overview of the USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Program
This presentation will overview the USDOT’s connected vehicle pilot program and what kind of role it can have with freight transportation.


  • Kate Hartman, USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, Connected Vehicle Pilot Program Manager

State DOT Perspective on Interstate 80 Connected Vehicle Pilot Project
This presentation will talk about why the Wyoming DOT decided to conduct the pilot project and what kind of benefits the state DOT anticipates receiving through the project.


  • Ali Ragan, Wyoming Department of Transportation, Connected Vehicle Pilot Project Champion

Overview of the Wyoming Interstate 80 Connected Vehicle Pilot Project
This presentation will discuss the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Project, including how the pilot is set up and intended to work, why the pilot is being conducted, and what kind of freight transportation benefits can be derived from the initiative.


  • Deepak Gopalakrishna, ICF, Connected Vehicle Pilot Program Management Lead

State Trucking Association Perspective on Interstate 80 Connected Vehicle Pilot
This presentation will review the Wyoming Trucking Association perspective on the I-80 Connected Vehicle Pilot project, and how the association and its members believe the pilot can enhance their operations on Interstate 80 within Wyoming.


  • Sheila Foertsch, Wyoming Trucking Association

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.

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Chip Millard

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