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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
February 18, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Analyzing Regional and Interregional Freight Movements and Infrastructure Investment Decisions Analysis of freight transportation movements has become more prominent within most non-transit focused public sector transportation departments and agencies in recent years. Much of this increased focus has fixated on either urban area freight movements, including freight movements on local street networks, or on long distance domestic or international freight movements entering, exiting, and/or traveling through much of the U.S. However, comparatively speaking there has been more limited focus on intraregional freight movements and interregional freight movements between adjacent or nearby metropolitan areas. Such movements are often harder to model than long distance freight movements, and also have attributes in-between those of short, urban freight movements that often utilize smaller trucks and long distance freight movements that rely on large tractor-trailers, trains, ships, and aircraft. However, similar to gravity model projections that predict more interaction takes place between larger and closer locations than between smaller and more distant locations, intraregional freight movements in very large, often polycentric metropolitan areas and shorter distance interregional freight movements comprise a significant percentage of the overall freight movements on the U.S. transportation network. For those reasons, gaining a better understanding of these types of freight movements is critical in making informed infrastructure investment decisions and improving freight transportation initiatives.

This webinar will discuss freight movement patterns within large-scale metropolitan areas and between adjacent or nearby metropolitan regions, and assess infrastructure investment needs to address freight movement needs within and between those metropolitan areas.
Mapping Freight: The Highly Concentrated Nature of Goods Trade in the United States
This presentation would be based on a recent report by the Brookings Institute that focuses on U.S. domestic and intermodal freight movements and corridors.
  • Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane, Brookings Institute
Portland, OR Freight Access and Logistics Analysis
This presentation would focus on the process conducted in Portland, OR to assess freight routing decisions within the metropolitan area, specifically between the west side of the city where Intel has extensive operations and the Portland International Airport.
  • Chris Maciejewski, DKS Associates

Interregional/Corridor-Based Freight Movement Analyses and Decision Considerations
This presentation would focus on the kinds of freight movement analyses needed when examining interregional or multiple metropolitan area corridor movements.
  • Bruce Lambert, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies

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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