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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, May 16th, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Best Practices in Industry and Government Coordination for Developing Truck Parking Solutions Truck parking availability is one of the major issues facing both the trucking industry and transportation-focused governmental agencies. In many locations around the U.S., particularly near large metropolitan areas and along major truck route corridors, there is a significant shortage of available truck parking at certain times of the day, particularly during overnight hours. This lack of dedicated truck parking forces many truck drivers to park on roadway shoulders and/or unused lots, decreasing the safety for both the drivers and other vehicles on the road. Additionally, it can force truck drivers to park further away from their next pickup or delivery location, which increases the likelihood those drivers will get stuck in and/or inadvertently help increase congestion during peak driving times for all vehicles. The truck parking availability issues cannot easily be addressed by any one stakeholder group; only a coordinated approach that involves all or most of the impacted parties and examines various possible standard and/or innovative solutions.

This webinar will discuss some of the various truck parking coordination efforts taking place between trucking and truck parking industry stakeholders and state, regional, and local government stakeholders to identify and develop truck parking solutions. Many of those solutions have been identified by the National Coalition on Truck Parking’s State, Regional, Local Government Coordination Working Group.

State DOT Perspective on Prioritizing Truck Parking
This presentation will discuss how Arizona Department of Transportation set aside freight funds for truck parking, and used data to determine where parking shortages existed. The presentation will also discuss successful coordination with stakeholders.


  • Charla Glendening, Arizona Department of Transportation, Assistant Manager of Planning and Programming

MPO Perspective on Integrating Truck Parking into Planning
This presentation will discuss how the Boston MPO integrated truck parking into their planning process.


  • Bill Kuttner, Central Transportation Planning Staff, Boston MPO, Traffic Analysis and Design

MPO Perspective on Integrating Truck Parking into Freight Plans
This presentation will examine the how the Memphis MPO took stakeholder feedback on truck parking and integrated it into its Regional Freight Plan.


  • Pragati Srivastava, Memphis Tennessee MPO, Program Administration, Long Range Planning, Regional Coordination, Policy Initiatives

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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