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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, August 21, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
State DOT and MPO Freight Planning Coordination Since the passage of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA), which increased the emphasis on freight and passenger intermodal transportation solutions, both state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations have gradually increased their freight transportation planning activities. The FAST Act encouraged new, higher level standards for freight planning, creating new formula-based and discretionary grant funding programs for freight projects, requiring states to develop freight plans to access the freight program formula funding, and mandating state DOTs and regional planning organizations to work together to identify critical urban and rural corridors within their jurisdictions. The increased freight planning requirements also mean there is a greater need for state DOTs and regional planning organizations to coordinate their freight transportation planning initiatives, even in programs that do not formally require them to coordinate with each other. Those coordination efforts could provide significant benefits for types of organizations, greater than they would receive by conducting their freight planning initiatives alone.

This webinar will examine state DOT and MPO freight coordination planning efforts from both the state DOT and regional planning association point of view, including in states that have many MPOs and in MPOs that cover two or more states.

State DOT Perspective on Coordinating with MPOs on Freight Transportation Planning
This presentation will provide an overview of one state department of transportation's freight transportation coordination initiatives with the MPOs and RPOs in its state.


  • Yatman Kwan, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

MPO Perspective on Coordinating with the State DOT and Other MPOs on Freight Transportation Planning
This presentation will discuss one MPO's freight transportation coordination activities with its state DOT and other regional transportation planning organizations within its state.


  • Kenneth Kao, San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Multi-State MPO Perspective on Coordinating with Multiple State DOTs on Freight Transportation Planning
This presentation will examine how a multi-state MPO coordinates its freight planning with two different state DOTs that in some cases have differing perspectives and needs.


  • Darryl Fields, Mid-America Regional Council (Kansas City MPO)
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Using Real Time Information to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency Both public sector government agencies and private sector supply chain companies such as freight carriers, freight shippers, and third-party logistics firms (3PLs) have a vested interest in seeing freight shipments move efficiently. Government agencies benefit by having less roadway congestion and by companies locating more industrial development in appropriate locations. Supply chain companies benefit by being able to transport their goods or their customers' goods more quickly and cheaply. One innovation that has emerged in recent years as a way to increase transportation supply chain efficiency is using real time information to track freight shipments. Tracking freight shipments provides a variety of benefits to both private and public sector organizations focused on freight transportation concerns. For private freight companies, shipment tracking can help narrow delivery windows, lower shipment costs, and provide insights into methods to improve the transportation portion of the supply chain. For public sector organizations, shipment tracking can help reduce roadway congestion and when working with private companies, potentially allow those government organizations to better target their transportation project expenditures. Real time information can provide efficiency and cost benefits that then can be shared, both directly and indirectly, with the businesses and consumers reliant on those goods and the transportation network.

This webinar will examine ways supply chain companies and government agencies are benefiting from increased use of real time shipment information in freight shipper and/or carrier operations and in public sector transportation project improvements.

Enhancing Freight Shipment Visibility in the Supply Chain
This presentation will provide an overview of different ways product-tracking technologies can help companies monitor their shipments and provide transportation system benefits.


  • Brian Hodgson, Descartes MacroPoint

Third Party Logistics (3PL) Perspective on Using Technology to Match Freight Shipments and Carrier Capacity
This presentation will discuss how increased freight shipment visibility and real-time shipment information can increase shipment speed and carrier efficiency, and help reduce empty miles traveled by freight carriers, improving transportation network flow.


  • Evan Armstrong, Armstrong Associates

Public Sector Initiatives to Provide Real Time Information for Freight Carriers
This presentation will examine ways government agencies are working with various transportation stakeholders, including freight carriers, to provide real time information about transportation conditions.


  • Larry O'Rourke, ICF

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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