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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, November 13th, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Hazardous Materials Shipments: Economic and Safety Considerations Hazardous materials shipments are often overlooked when examining non-safety related freight transportation needs, but they contribute significantly to the economic vitality of the United States. They are transported across the country every day by trucks, railroads, pipelines, barges, and airplanes, ensuring those hazmat products meet our everyday needs and petroleum products and biofuels continue to drive the U.S. economy forward. The recent increases in U.S. shale oil and gas supplies have impacted the entire freight transportation system as more crude oil and natural gas are transported to refineries and export facilities. Pipelines and railroads transport large volumes of petroleum products, raw materials and chemicals to connect production facilities with refineries and terminals. Trucks transport refined petroleum to commercial and retail fuel stations in every state. Ships import and export fuels and chemicals to support both the United States' and the world's energy needs.

This webinar will discuss hazardous materials supply chains and the regulatory oversight required to ensure the labeling, packaging, shipping and storage of hazardous materials meet state and federal requirements. Particular focus will be given during the webinar to both truck and rail shipments, which handle most of the hazmat shipments within the U.S.

Hazardous Materials Supply Chains Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of hazardous materials shipments in the United States and explore several hazmat supply chains involving petroleum and chemicals.


  • David Willauer, Freight Transportation Manager, Cambridge Systematics

Railroad Perspective on Hazardous Materials Shipments
This presentation will discuss the types of hazmat goods rail carriers transport, which includes crude petroleum, ethanol, fertilizers, and industrial chemicals used to manufacture consumer goods.  It will also address the safety issues rail carriers need to deal with when they transport those goods.


  • David Schoendorfer, Hazardous Materials Manager, Norfolk Southern Railway Corporation

FMCSA Perspective on Hazardous Materials Shipments
This presentation will examine the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) initiatives to improve the roadway safety of hazmat shipments, including efforts to reduce rollover crashes, inspect cargo tanks, and generally promote the safe transportation of hazardous materials on U.S. highways.


  • Paul Bomgardner, Hazmat Chief, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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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