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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
March 18, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
An Overview of MARAD's StrongPorts Program Marine ports and terminals play a key role within the U.S. freight transportation system, functioning as the primary gateway for international export and import shipments and for domestic, inland shipments of bulk materials and other containerized goods. Demands on ports are likely going to continue to grow, particularly as U.S. trade increases and/or the cost of other, higher cost freight transportation modes go up. Helping U.S. ports improve and modernize their facilities to meet their future needs benefits the national freight transportation system. Because of U.S. ports' importance to the local, regional, state, and national economies, it is critical that public sector transportation planners, particularly with state Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and municipalities where ports are located, be strongly engaged in port planning efforts

To address the need to increase port capacity, the U.S. DOT Maritime Administration (MARAD) has created the StrongPorts Program. This new program is focused on improving ports' freight efficiencies, promoting critical port infrastructure projects, and more broadly enhancing U.S. global economic competitiveness. To achieve these goals, the program concentrates on three core areas: planning and engagement, financing, and project support. The StrongPorts Program goals are achieved in part by strengthening planning coordination efforts between ports and state DOT, MPO, and municipal transportation agencies.

This webinar will provide various, real-world perspectives of the MARAD StrongPorts Program, presenting examples of how states, MPOs, and ports are working together to establish and support an on-going, cooperative, and comprehensive planning process that fully integrates maritime port freight needs into the transportation planning process.
Overview of the MARAD StrongPorts Program
This presentation will provide a synopsis of the current status and future vision for MARAD's StrongPorts Program.
  • Roger Bohnert, U.S. DOT Maritime Administration (MARAD), Deputy Associate Administrator
MARAD StrongPorts Program – Port Benefits and Perspectives
This presentation will provide insights into how the StrongPorts Program can benefit ports, both in terms of identifying port infrastructure, funding port improvements and strengthening the relationship between ports and state, regional, and local transportation-focused agencies.
  • John Young, American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
MARAD StrongPorts Program – State DOT Perspective
This presentation will discuss how the StrongPorts Program initiatives fit into a state’s overall freight transportation planning efforts.
  • Ben De Alba, California State Transportation Agency, Assistant Secretary for Rail and Ports
MARAD Strong Ports Program – Regional/MPO Perspective
This presentation will examine how an MPO and a port authority have been able to work together to enhance a metropolitan area's transportation planning efforts and implement the initiatives of the StrongPorts Program.
  • Rob Case, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and Jeff Florin, Virginia Port Authority

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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