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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 15, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Freight Beyond the City: Approaches to Improving Freight Mobility in the Suburban Context Freight transportation demand has continued to increase in recent years, in many cases due to the continued growth in e-commerce, and there has been extensive examination of the impact of those increased movements in cities and other high-density areas.  However, relatively little research has examined freight transportation demand in suburban areas.  Suburban areas make up a significant percentage of many metropolitan areas' total population, but their moderate density environment – higher than urban areas but lower than rural areas – creates different challenges for both freight carriers and government agencies that serve these areas.  Customers, both businesses and individuals, are usually more spread out than they are in more densely developed locations.  At the same time, suburban areas are often target locations for e-commerce distribution facilities, due to their proximity to urban areas, larger and cheaper amount of land available compared to nearby urban areas, and relatively easy access for labor working at those facilities compared to rural areas.  The suburban area freight transportation challenges are significant in their own right, but need to be examined and understood so freight mobility in those areas can be improved.

This webinar will discuss some approaches being used to address suburban freight transportation challenges.

Freight Beyond the City: Atlanta Regional Commission Freight Cluster Plans
This presentation will discuss the efforts to develop and identify freight clusters in the suburban areas around Atlanta, one of the largest freight transportations hubs in the United States.


  • Daniel Studdard, Atlanta Regional Commission

At the Intersection of Freight and More Freight
This presentation will examine the freight and community planning initiatives being implemented in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton area in eastern Pennsylvania, a medium-sized metropolitan area that has experienced explosive, freight-related growth in recent years.


  • Becky Bradley, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Drone Deliveries to Reduce Suburban Freight Costs
This presentation will review how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also known as drones, can be used to facilitate the transport of high value shipments, such as medical supplies, in suburban areas.


  • Tom Cherrett, University of Southampton

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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