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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, October 16, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
AASHTO Freight Rail Study Support Services — Understanding and Addressing Freight Rail Needs In 2018, the Association of American State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) completed its Freight Rail Study Support Services project. This study was a follow up to AASHTO's 2002 Freight Rail Bottom Line Report, which examined freight rail operations in the U.S., how those operations support freight transportation needs and the U.S. economy, and potential opportunities for greater coordination between public sector transportation agencies and private sector freight rail carriers. The more recent project was an effort to revisit the findings of the 2002 study, determine what changes have occurred in the freight rail industry since then, and examine what public-private partnerships have been developed over the last 15+ years. Based on the 2018 study findings, freight rail remains an important component of the U.S. freight transportation industry, one where relatively small investments can provide significant transportation and/or economic benefits. However, the freight rail industry in some ways has also matured significantly since the early 2000s, as operational improvement and coordination initiatives that were in the process of being implemented at that time have become well established.

This webinar will discuss some of the findings of the 2018 AASHTO freight rail study and talk about some of the efforts state DOTs have made to work with freight carriers to improve freight rail operations within their states.

AASHTO Freight Rail Study Support Services Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of the AASHTO Freight Rail Study Support Services and include information about how State Departments of Transportation can work with freight rail carriers to improve operations within their states.


  • Matt Dietrich, Ohio Rail Development Commission, Executive Director

State DOT Perspective on Freight Rail Funding Programs
This presentation will discuss grant programs developed by the Iowa DOT that can be used to fund freight rail priorities throughout the state.


  • Amanda Martin and Laura Hutzell, Iowa Department of Transportation, Rail Transportation Bureau

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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