Office of Operations Freight Management and Operations
photos of truck, cargo ship, airplane and freight train
Office of Operations  -  21st century operations using 21st century technologies

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 on the National Highway Institute Web site. Please note that Non-USDOT employees must have an FHWA external collaboration account to register. If you do not have an account please visit to request one. Once you have an account you can register through the registration links below. 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 15, 2017 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET International Urban Freight (I-NUF) Conference Presentations - Examining and Addressing Urban Goods Movement Needs Freight transportation issues and needs often have a particularly significant impact in urban areas. Urban areas are often the locations for manufacturing, distribution, or commercial retail-related freight generators. Perhaps even more significantly, urban areas are almost always significant freight transportation destination locations, due to the high volume of freight products used and consumed in those areas. The high volumes of freight transportation activity that takes place in urban areas and the need to better understand the needs and impacts of urban freight movements has inspired a significant amount of research on urban freight transportation. One of the leading centers for urban freight transportation research, the METRANS Transportation Center in southern California, sponsors an every-other year international conference focused on presenting research in the urban freight transportation field. This webinar will include three presentations given at the 2017 METRANS International Urban Freight Conference. The three presentations will particularly focus on challenges with urban freight transportation and delivery challenges and how better understanding attributes such as business freight delivery needs, municipal parking and zoning regulations, and urban street design can better allow transportation planners to address urban goods movements within their communities. Industry Impacts of Urban Area Freight Access
This presentation will examine some of the challenges freight companies, particularly carriers, face that reduce accessibility for urban area freight access, and discuss how addressing these issues can benefit both freight companies and the regional and/or national economy as a whole.


  • Paul Bingham, EDR Group

Urban Freight Initiatives: State of the Art and State of the Practice
This presentation will discuss some of the methods that can be used to enhance urban freight movements, including some recent research examining which of these methods are most utilized and most beneficial.


  • Johanna Amaya Leal, Iowa State University

The Final 50 Feet of the Urban Goods Delivery System
This presentation will talk about the issues and needs associated with actual freight deliveries in urban areas, i.e. the last 50 feet, particularly curbside deliveries to commercial businesses and of e-commerce shipments.


  • Anne Goodchild, University of Washington

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

PDF files can be viewed with the Acrobat® Reader®

Office of Operations