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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
February 15, 2017
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Intermodal Freight Connectors – Issues and Needs Intermodal connectors are key components of the U.S. roadway network, and are critical for enabling freight shipments handled by major non-highway based freight facilities (i.e. intermodal rail yards, marine ports, large commercial airports, etc.), to be transferred to or from trucks. These connectors are critical in enhancing the efficiency of the first and last mile truck shipments to or from intermodal freight facilities. However, intermodal connectors often do not receive the funding needed to maintain or improve their physical condition, or in some cases enhance their connectivity between intermodal freight facilities and the rest of the U.S. roadway network. This often occurs because the intermodal facility owners are not familiar with the federal and state project funding process, and also because some key non-freight stakeholders, such as municipal, county, or state officials, both elected and non-elected, don't understand the connectors' importance to the businesses they serve. Despite these challenges, many public sector officials at all levels of government are gaining awareness about the importance of freight intermodal connectors to the regional, state, and national transportation system, and some of those officials are taking steps to work with the intermodal facility owners to ensure the connectors are properly maintained and improved.

This webinar will feature discussion about a nearly completed national-level freight intermodal connectors study, and regional coordination efforts between public sector agencies and intermodal facility owners to monitor and address intermodal connector needs.
Intermodal Freight Connectors Study, Phase 2 Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of the nearly-completed second phase of the Freight Intermodal Connectors Study being overseen by the FHWA Freight Office.
  • Dike Ahanotu, Cambridge Systematics
Intermodal Rail Connector Coordination Discussion
This presentation will examine efforts to improve intermodal freight connector conditions and connectivity at a major intermodal rail yard.
  • Dina Lopez, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (Columbus MPO)
Marine Port Connector Coordination Discussion
This presentation will discuss the importance of intermodal connectors from a port's point of view.
  • Bruce C. Mann, Director of Freight Mobility (Port of Houston, Texas)

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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