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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, November 20, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Highlighted I-NUF Conference Presentations, Part 1: Curbside Delivery Challenges and Opportunities Freight transportation issues and needs often have a particularly significant impact in urban areas. One of the major issues urban areas are working to address is curbside delivery issues. In many cities and towns, there is a relative lack of parking allocated for short-term freight deliveries, either along the street curbs or off the street in loading/unloading zones or parking lots adjacent to the business. The lack of freight parking near the businesses and increasingly residential buildings receiving goods often forces freight delivery truck drivers to improvise, encouraging drivers to drive around the block multiple times until parking becomes available, park in non-freight dedicated locations, or double park near the destination delivery location in a roadway travel lane. Municipalities are increasingly aware these behaviors can increase congestion in their communities, and the inability for trucks to park also helps drive up the cost of goods.

This webinar will feature presentations focused on curbside delivery challenges and opportunities that were presented at the recent 2019 International Urban Freight Conference (I-NUF), which focuses on presenting research in the urban freight transportation field. Sponsored by the METRANS Transportation Center in southern California and held every other year, the conference is one of the leading urban freight transportation-focused conferences in the world.  The presentations will provide different perspectives on the urban freight delivery challenges and municipal officials and other practitioners some ideas about how to address those issues.

"Do Commercial Vehicles Cruise for Parking?"
This presentation will examine some of the challenges freight carriers face when trying to find parking to make deliveries in many locations, particularly urban areas where available parking is often limited and sometimes costly.


  • Giacomo Dalla Chiara, University of Washington

"A Quantitative and Qualitative Understanding of Curbside Access Challenges for Last Mile Delivery in Los Angeles"
This presentation will discuss some of the specific curbside parking and access challenges truck carriers serving the Los Angeles face when they make deliveries to businesses and communities within the region.


  • Scott Strelecki, Southern California Association of Governments

"On-Street Parking Capacity for Freight and Service Activity"
This presentation will talk about the quantity of parking that is available for freight carriers that provide retail deliveries and utility and other services, and whether that amount of capacity is sufficient for their operations.


  • Diana Ramirez-Rios, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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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