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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, April 21st from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Rail Freight Growth Opportunities and Challenges The freight rail industry, like most other freight transportation modes, has experienced varying demand in recent years but in recent months has generally experienced strong volumes.  Large freight rail carriers are taking various steps to make themselves more competitive to capture medium and long-haul freight, while smaller carriers are focusing on improving their service quality to better serve their regional and local customers.  Additionally, many state Departments of Transportation have placed greater emphasis in recent years on working with the freight rail carriers in their state to ensure rail freight shipments can move in an economically and operationally efficient manner while not negatively impacting the communities they serve. Freight rail's operational complexity can sometimes make it a challenge to achieve all the stakeholders' goals concurrently, but through working together freight rail growth opportunities should continue to be plentiful.

This webinar will discuss current freight rail industry and state DOT initiatives to manage freight rail volumes throughout the United States.

State of Freight Rail – Large Rail Carrier Perspective
This presentation will provide an overview of current Class I railroad issues and trends, and talk about what steps large freight rail carriers are taking to increase their volumes and operational efficiency.


  • Luisa Fernandez-Willey, Association of American Railroads, Assistant Vice President of Policy and Economics

State of Freight Rail – Short Line Railroad Perspective
This presentation will examine what regional and local short line railroads are doing to work with their customers to increase their service quality and maximize the benefits they are providing the communities they serve.


  • Joe Arbona, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad, Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs

State of Freight Rail – State Department of Transportation Perspective
This presentation will discuss how state DOTs are working with freight rail carriers in their states to enhance freight rail efficiency while also addressing the impacts freight rail operations can have on their state's municipalities.


  • John Maddox, Kansas Department of Transportation, Freight and Rail Program Manager

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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