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Talking Freight Seminars

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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 on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Nicole Coene (Leidos) via e-mail at nicole.l.coene@leidos.com.

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
June 17, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Freight Rail Safety Freight rail safety has become an increasingly visible topic in recent years due to some notable incidents on the U.S. and North American rail system, particularly with regard to oil shipments and derailments. Despite these high-profile incidents, freight rail has become an increasing safer mode of transportation since the industry was deregulated in 1980, with a decreasing number of accidents on a per ton mile basis. Freight rail safety encompasses a broad array of safety measures instituted by both government agencies and railroad carriers, including track rail car maintenance and monitoring using technologically advanced inspection equipment, at-grade crossing safety measures and maintenance, anti-trespassing initiatives, Positive Train Control, improved rail car construction standards, rigorous employee safety training, and emergency planning coordination between railroad carriers and federal, state, and local agencies, among other initiatives. For both government agencies and rail carriers themselves, rail safety is a top priority initiative – with government agencies to meet their goal of maintaining and preserving the public good, and with rail carriers to maintain and preserve customer and public trust and ensure the carriers’ continued business viability.

This webinar will discuss different safety initiatives that have been and are being implemented by both the federal government and the freight railroad industry to address recent safety concerns and ensure the U.S. freight railroad transportation system can operate in a safe and efficient manner.
Federal Railroad Administration Freight Rail Safety Initiatives Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of the freight rail safety initiatives that are being developed and/or are under the purview of the Federal Railroad Administration.
  • Ron Hynes, U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Director of the Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance
Class I Railroad Freight Rail Safety Initiatives Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of the safety needs faced by the U.S. Class I (largest freight rail) freight rail carriers and the highlight the safety initiatives being implemented by those carriers.
  • Mike Martino, Association of American Railroads (AAR), Senior Director of Operations
Short Line Railroad Freight Rail Safety Initiatives Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of the safety needs faced by the many short line (medium and small-sized) freight rail carriers throughout the U.S. and highlight the safety initiatives being implemented by those carriers.
  • Jo Strang, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA), Vice President of Safety and Regulatory Policy

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 www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/freight_planning/talking_freight/index.cfm.

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
202-366-4415
Chip.Millard@dot.gov

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