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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
September 21, 2016
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Accommodating Trucks in Innovative Design Intersections and Interchanges In an effort to maximize safety, better accommodate bicycle and pedestrian movements, and/or optimize motor vehicle flows, various states, counties, and municipalities that build and maintain the roadway networks are constructing new types of intersections and interchanges. Many of these connection points are also being designed to better accommodate truck movements, either by minimizing the negative impacts trucks can create in poorly-designed intersections or by easing truck movements in high truck volume locations.

This webinar will discuss the reasons why many different types of innovative intersections are becoming more popular across the United States, describe the state of the practice on how agencies are factoring in trucks and freight needs when planning and designing those intersections, and review on-going efforts in two states – Oregon and Ohio – that demonstrate how this is done within States at the program and project levels.
Introduction to Innovative Intersections (20 minutes)
This presentation will provide an overview of the growing number and types of innovative intersections, highlighting a few of them and discussing the design details that are important for making them work for trucks and freight haulers.
  • Jeffrey Shaw, FHWA Office of Safety
  • Gilbert Chlewicki, Advanced Transportation Solutions
Oregon's Efforts to Advance Freight-friendly Innovative Intersections (15 minutes)
Oregon DOT continues to diligently work to seek balance in their transportation solutions – providing space for trucks to maneuver, expanding networks for pedestrians and bicyclists, and addressing safety performance. This presentation will discuss efforts in Oregon to bring different perspectives together to implement an approach that considers various user needs based on context.
  • Hermanus Steyn, Kittelson & Associates
Integrating Trucks into Innovative Intersection Projects in Ohio (25 minutes)
Two projects – a diverging diamond interchange along I-270 in Columbus completed in 2013, and a proposed Superstreet intersection along US 35 in Beavercreek currently in design – will be used to illustrate how innovative intersections improve safety and mobility, and highlight design and operational details that make these intersections work for trucks and freight haulers in Ohio.
  • Keith Smith, Ohio DOT District 8
  • Brian Toombs, Burgess & Niple, Inc.

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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