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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, June 20th, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Advancing Clean Air Projects at Ports and Goods Movement Facilities through the CMAQ Program Diesel-fueled equipment, including trains, trucks, tugboats, and cranes that operate at ports, railyards, and other goods movement facilities across the country, are the workhorses that help make economic prosperity possible. Diesel engines can also emit harmful pollution that can contribute to significant health problems for the many people who live and work around these facilities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ports Initiative is working with federal partners, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), as well as the port and goods movement industry, communities, and other government agencies, to advance clean technologies and practices that can provide for the safe, efficient movement of goods while reducing costs and harmful health impacts. The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program is a critical funding resource for this work.

Administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the CMAQ program was originally authorized by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and since then has provided more than $30 billion to fund over 30,000 transportation-related air quality improvement projects for state DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations, and other sponsors throughout the U.S. The CMAQ Program was most recently reauthorized in the FAST Act to provide over $2 billion each year from Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 through FY 2020. While project eligibilities remain largely the same, the FAST Act places increased emphasis on diesel engine retrofits including construction equipment, port-related landside non-road or on-road equipment, and alternative fuel infrastructure in designated alternative fuel corridors.

This webinar will discuss how the CMAQ program can help improve air quality around ports and other goods movement facilities, and include tips and lessons learned for potential project sponsors and beneficiaries.

Overview of the EPA Ports Initiative (5-10 minutes)
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the EPA Ports Initiative, the importance of addressing air quality in and around ports, and funding opportunities to support clean air projects.


  • Mike Moltzen, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality

Using CMAQ Program Funds to Finance Freight and Intermodal Projects (20 minutes)
This presentation will provide an overview of the CMAQ Program, including program eligibility and requirements, FAST Act changes relevant to ports and goods movement projects, project prioritization guidance, different state DOT and MPO processes, examples of port-related CMAQ projects, and related FHWA resources.


  • Mark Glaze, FHWA Office of Natural Environment

Using CMAQ Funds to Support Clean Diesel Projects in the Chicago Area (15 minutes)
This presentation will provide an overview of the CMAQ process in the Chicago area, examples of recent clean diesel projects, and tips for potential project sponsors and beneficiaries.


  • Doug Ferguson, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (Chicago MPO)

Using CMAQ Funds to Advance Clean Air Goals at the Port of Virginia (15 minutes)
This presentation will give an overview of the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s experience working with the Port of Virginia on clean air projects funded through CMAQ and other USDOT programs, including lessons learned and tips for potential project sponsors and beneficiaries.


  • Barbara Nelson, Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (Richmond MPO)

Overview of the Marine Highway Grant Program (3-5 minutes)
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the Marine Highway Grant Program, which supports marine freight services that can reduce emissions from landside transportation.


  • Tim Pickering, MARAD Office of Port & Waterway Planning

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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