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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
Tuesday, April 26th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Freight for All: Defining Major Equity Considerations in Goods Movement Freight transportation can create significant impacts on the people and communities along freight corridors or near freight facilities.  Those locations often experience significant negative noise, air quality, and traffic impacts due to the high freight transportation volumes.  In many cases, economically disadvantaged populations are disproportionately impacted, as people living in those areas may not have the economic means to relocate to other places less affected by freight movements.  Additionally, some communities, in some cases the same communities as those described above, also lack access to key amenities, such as grocery stores, and require trips outside the communities to access these vital services.  It is important for community organizations, public sector transportation organizations, land use planning agencies, and freight transportation facilities themselves to be sensitive to 1) the impacts freight transportation movements create on populations near freight facilities and major freight corridors and 2) poor access to key community amenities served by freight transportation and take steps to mitigate those impacts and involve those populations in the mitigation efforts if possible.

This webinar will discuss initiatives state and metropolitan area transportation organizations have taken to understand the negative impacts freight transportation and/or lack of access to important freight-served community amenities is having on those communities, where those impacts are taking place, and how those impacts on significantly affected communities can be mitigated.

Overview of Equity Considerations in Freight Transportation
This presentation will provide review of the factors transportation-focused organizations need to examine when working to ensure freight transportation’s impacts are mitigated in disproportionately affected communities.


  • Gloria Jeff, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Generating Opportunity for All Micro-Freight Hub Project
This presentation will discuss efforts by a small MPO to work with community stakeholders to enhance freight deliveries in portions of their coverage area lacking access to key community amenities such as grocery stores.


  • Teresa “Reese” Brewer, Frontier (Fort Smith, AR) Metropolitan Planning Organization

Integrating Equity into Regional Freight and Transportation Planning
This presentation will examine how the Los Angeles metropolitan area is taking steps to work with communities impacted by freight transportation operations, such as populations that live near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and mitigate those effects.


  • Michael Cano, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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

Tiffany Julien

Office of Operations