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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 18th, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Alternative Fuel and Electric Freight Trucks: What's on the Road Today and What's on the Horizon The push for and actual use of alternative fuels, including electric batteries, to replace or at least supplement petroleum (both gasoline and diesel) across all motor vehicle industry has increased in recent years, including within the freight transportation industry. Various freight carriers, particularly shorter haul freight carriers, have adopted alternative fuels such as natural gas for many years; the increased use of alternative fuels has been driven by a desire for greater fuel price stability and/or emissions reduction targets. However, some alternative fuels make more operational and economic sense for on-road freight transport than others, and understanding the characteristics of each fuel can provide insights about which fuels work best in various operating environments.

This webinar will review the range of alternative fuels and advanced technologies being used in the on-road trucking sector today and provide a glimpse into a future that may include battery-powered electric semi-trucks. Speakers will share real-world experience about the opportunities and challenges associated with deploying alternative fuel trucks.

Overview of Alternative Fuels Used in the Freight Transportation Industry
This presentation will discuss many of the various alternative fuels currently used and what fuels may be used in the future in the freight transportation industry.


  • Stacey Noblet, ICF

Freight Carrier Perspective on using Renewable Fuel Trucks, Including Natural Gas Trucks
This presentation will talk about the opportunities and challenges truck carriers face when using renewable fuel, including natural gas, trucks.


  • Jim Cade, Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Vice-President of Fleet Service

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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