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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
May 20, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas Freight transportation movements in metropolitan areas, particularly urban or downtown settings, has become a major topic of research in recent years. Due to the production and especially demand needs of many businesses, a significant volume of freight movements occur throughout metropolitan areas. These movements provide many benefits, primarily in the forms of supporting businesses through freight pickups and deliveries, and through providing numerous jobs. However, freight movements also create many challenges in the same areas, primarily in the forms of traffic conflicts with other motor vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other transportation system users, and through increased tailpipe emissions that negatively impact air quality. Finding ways to promote freight transportation's benefits while minimizing its negative impacts is a challenge in all metropolitan areas, and made more difficult by the fact many different attributes impacting freight transportation movements, such as roadway infrastructure, vehicle operations, business pickup and delivery time windows, and zoning regulations, are controlled by different public agencies and/or private businesses. To improve freight system performance in metropolitan areas, all the different stakeholders that influence freight transportation movement trends need to be engaged in the comprehensive planning and assessment process.

This webinar will discuss different approaches to improving freight movements in urban areas, particularly focusing on the findings of National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Report 33: Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas.
Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas – Summary of NCFRP Report 33
This presentation will provide an overview of the findings the recently-published NCFRP Report 33, Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas.
  • Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas – Vehicle and Traffic Demand-Related Approaches
This presentation will highlight the vehicle and traffic demand-related approaches to improving freight system performance identified in NCFRP Report 33, such as parking or loading areas management, vehicle initiatives, and traffic management.
  • Jeff Wojtowicz, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas – Supply Chain and Non-Transportation Approaches
This presentation will highlight the supply chain and non-transportation related approaches to improving freight system performance identified in NCFRP Report 33, such as logistical management, pricing, incentives, taxation, time-based demand management, and land use management.
  • Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Improving Freight System Performance in Metropolitan Areas – Infrastructure Management Approaches and Stakeholder Engagement
This presentation will highlight the infrastructure management-related approaches to improving freight system performance identified in NCFRP Report 33, as well as stakeholder engagement case studies illustrating all of the approaches.
  • Dan Haake, CDM Smith

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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