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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, February 20, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Enhancing Urban Freight Planning Through Improving Last Mile Delivery One of the primary challenges faced by transportation professionals dealing with freight projects is last mile deliveries. In many cases, these deliveries, which are being driven by continuing e-commerce growth, occur in locations that have limited parking availability, were not designed to accommodate frequent deliveries, and often experience significant traffic volumes. Though most last mile delivery issues are tied to truck deliveries, all modes are impacted by the growth of last mile delivery needs. While there are growing challenges associated with last mile freight transportation logistics, the increased focus on last mile deliveries also provide opportunities for both public and private sector organizations to address these problems in multiple ways. In some cases, those organizations can work together to develop innovative solutions for last mile delivery needs.

This webinar will examine what selected private freight carriers, state DOTs, and city governments are doing to address last mile freight delivery needs and develop solutions that work for freight carriers, businesses and e-commerce customers, local governments, and the general public in the areas where last mile freight deliveries are common.

Big Wins for Bi-State Public–Private Partnerships Setting Infrastructure Priorities
This presentation will discuss a public-private partnership focused on enhancing railroad interchange traffic and last mile freight railroad movements to promote more efficient freight operations.


  • Mary Lamie, St. Louis Regional Freightway
  • Michael McCarthy, Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis

The Texas Approach to Advancing Last Mile Delivery in Urban Areas
This presentation will review how a state DOT is working with local government agencies and private companies to improve last mile freight deliveries throughout its state.


  • Caroline Mays, Texas Department of Transportation

Freight Cannot Wait: Opportunities to Improve Efficiency of Last Mile Delivery in New York City
This presentation will examine how a city DOT is addressing freight deliveries within its jurisdiction and working to maximize the efficiency of those deliveries while minimizing their impact on the surrounding community.


  • Diniece Peters, New York City Department of Transportation

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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