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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 Jennifer Symoun (SAIC) via email 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
September 17, 2014
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Work Zone Design and Large Trucks The reconstruction and rehabilitation of U.S. interstate highways and other major and minor roadways that are part of the overall roadway system network often require work zones that allow the necessary work to take place without totally closing the roadways to vehicular traffic. Completing the reconstruction and rehabilitation work is critical for keeping the roadways in a state of good repair and allowing the roadways to promote economic vitality through serving the people and companies who utilize the roadways. However, work zones can also create challenges for drivers, particularly drivers of large vehicles such as commercial freight trucks, due to the limited space Departments of Transportation and public works departments have to work with within the highways' rights-of-way, and reduced number of lanes some work zones must have. Understanding how work zones can be designed to maintain the efficient movement of large freight transportation vehicles while functioning within the restricted right-of-way space available and ensuring DOT and public works staff can safely work within the work zones can provide significant benefits for all work zone users. Truck Crash Trends in Work Zones – What, Where, and What
This presentation will share analyses of work zone crash data involving large trucks, key trends, areas of overrepresentation, and possible causal factors that could then be met through appropriate work zone management strategy modifications and other possible countermeasures.
  • Jerry Ullman, Texas Transportation Institute
Best Practices for Large Trucks in Work Zones
This presentation will provide an overview of FHWA’s Work Zone Management Program, best practices used nationwide to accommodate large trucks more safely in work zones, and a quick overview of the Smarter Work Zones Initiative under the Every Day Counts – Three Innovations.
  • Martha Kapitanov, FHWA Office of Transportation Operations
Work Zone Construction Access Points – State DOT Practices Example
This presentation will discuss Ohio DOT’s construction access points design standards for the safe and efficient passage of work vehicles into and out of the work zones.
  • Duane Soisson, Ohio Department of Transportation
Commercial Vehicle Carrier Perspective – Work Zones Needs and Challenges
This presentation will discuss work zone design needs from a commercial truck driver perspective. Work zone needs and impacts from both a design perspective and a routing impact perspective will be discussed.
  • Herschel Evans, Holland, Inc. and the American Trucking Associations' America's Road Team

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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