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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 on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Nicole Coene (Leidos) 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
April 19, 2017
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Freight and Land Use Travel Demand Evaluation Freight industry and planning practitioners face multiple challenges in the field, particularly in freight travel demand analysis. From new challenges in incorporating land use and demographic trends to the explosion of big data and rapidly emerging freight technologies, the challenges span across a variety of disciplines (such as transportation, land use planning, and economics) and goods movement industries (such as owners, manufacturers, shippers, and service providers). The FHWA Office of Operations is undertaking an effort to identify best ways to provide practitioners with improved freight travel demand analysis tools to address these challenges.

The technical tools and approaches needed to appropriately address freight travel demand are changing to reflect the evolving nature of freight demand itself and the needs of the practitioners responsible for using freight travel demand evaluation tools to inform sound investments in projects and programs across a variety of site, local, statewide, and nationwide scales.

This webinar will feature an interactive discussion between speakers and participants on these challenges and potential solutions.
State of the Practice in Freight / Land Use Travel Demand Evaluation Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of the practice in freight trip demand analysis, particularly as it pertains to emerging issues such as land use, demographics, etc.
  • Dan Hardy, Renaissance Planning
Advances in Freight Travel Demand Evaluation: Overview of SHRP C20 relevant products
This presentation will examine several recently completed SHRP2 C20 work product documents and highlight some of the key gaps found related to current practices and data and modeling requirements.
  • Nick Kehoe, Toxcel LLC
FHWA Freight Resources – Existing and Forthcoming
This presentation will provide an overview of FHWA freight resources, emphasizing new resources such as the Freight Community of Practice and other recent products, present lessons learned, and discuss any future initiatives related to model improvements to better capture new information and trends in goods movement.
  • Birat Pandey, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations

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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