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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 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

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
October 21, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Jason's Law Truck Parking Survey – Report on Findings As the U.S. population and national and international trade have grown in recent years, truck parking needs have also increased, and become particularly acute in some parts of the U.S. Truck drivers are subject to Hours of Service requirements, and unexpected roadway congestion and longer than anticipated delivery times may require drivers to park their trucks in locations that have limited dedicated truck parking before their available daily hours of service run out. The lack of available, dedicated truck parking can create safety hazards for drivers; they may be forced to park in locations near highway traffic, on unfamiliar roads where they are more likely to get lost, or at sites where thieves and other ill-intentioned people may try to steal the trucks' high-value contents or attack the drivers themselves. Periodically, fatalities can even occur, as was the case with Jason Rivenburg, who was murdered in 2009 after parking at an abandoned gas station because no dedicated and/or safe parking was located nearby.

To address truck parking issues, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Jason's Law provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Jason's Law, named for Jason Rivenburg, required U.S. DOT to conduct a survey of the states to determine the capability of their existing truck parking facilities. Though some states have truck parking shortages, many other states provide sufficient truck parking and have engaged in innovative practices to enable truck drivers to access those truck parking locations.

This webinar will discuss the results of the Jason's Law truck parking survey, and the recently-created National Coalition on Truck Parking that was created to address the survey results. It will also discuss some of the innovative efforts states are undertaking to ensure trucks are able to park in dedicated and/or secure locations. Finally, it will include the trucking industry perspective on the importance of truck parking and the challenges that occur when dedicated and/or secure parking locations are not readily available.
Jasonís Law Truck Parking Survey – Report on Survey Results
This presentation will provide information about the Jason's Law truck parking survey results and discuss the National Coalition on Truck Parking that has been created to address truck parking needs in the U.S.
  • Nicole Katsikides, FHWA Freight Office
Truck Parking Strategies – Report from the States
This presentation will examine research and other initiatives being conducted by a state Department of Transportation to promote truck parking availability within its state.
  • Chris McKenney, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department

Truck Driver Perspective on Truck Parking Needs and Jason's Law Survey Results
This presentation will discuss the truck driver perspective on truck parking needs, challenges that occur when dedicated and/or safe truck parking areas are not available, and viewpoints about the Jason's Law survey results.
  • Scott Grenerth, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

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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