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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 Jennifer Symoun (SAIC) via email at jennifer.e.symoun@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
December 17, 2014
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Freight Advisory Committees – Overview from Committee Organizers Freight planning efforts have increased in recent years as federal, state, regional, and municipal transportation planners have become more aware of the impacts and benefits created by freight transportation movements. One initiative pursued by many public sector agencies is the creation of freight advisory committees for their organizations. Though the creation of state freight advisory committees is encouraged in MAP-21, many States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations have independently worked to create such committees, and some committees have been in existence for many years. Most existing freight advisory committees contain a mix of public and private sector representatives among their membership, and the freight shipper, manufacturer, or retailer and freight carrier perspectives provided by private sector members in many committees helps government staff better understand the shippers' and carriers' freight transportation needs and the possible project and/or financial approaches to dealing with those issues.

This webinar will provide an overview of the MAP-21 provisions encouraging state freight advisory committees and the benefits of freight advisory committees in general. It will also feature discussion about some of the activities conducted by state DOT and MPO-organized freight advisory committees.
Freight Advisory Committees Overview
This presentation will provide an overview of freight advisory committee benefits, current activities, and a review of the MAP-21 State Freight Advisory Committee provisions:
  • Tiffany Julien, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations
State DOT Freight Advisory Committee Example
This presentation will discuss the activities conducted by an existing state freight advisory committee, including the organizational structure, different public and private sector organizations involved in the committee, and highlights of committee accomplishments.
  • Bruce De Terra, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) System and Freight Planning, Office Chief
MPO Freight Advisory Committee Example
This presentation will discuss the activities conducted by an existing metropolitan planning organization freight advisory committee, including the organizational structure, different public and private sector organizations involved in the committee, and highlights of committee accomplishments.
  • Jakub Rowinski, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), Principal Planner, Freight Planning

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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