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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
January 20, 2016
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Freight Transportation Resiliency Freight transportation movements both nationally and globally rely on an efficient transportation system that allows freight carriers to transport their customers' goods in a manner that minimizes both travel time and costs. However, the transportation network is often subject to disruptions, both recurring and non-recurring, that reduce efficiency and can increase both travel time and costs. The impact of these disruptions is dependent not only on the severity of the event but also by how quickly the incident(s) related to the disruption is cleared and the redundancy of the transportation system. Incidents that can be expeditiously addressed will reduce disruption times and improve transportation system resiliency. Likewise, transportation networks that have a greater number of interconnections will be able to better absorb the impacts caused by disruption events and better disperse freight movements and other traffic volumes onto alternate corridors or modes. Improved freight transportation resiliency can play a key role in ensuring freight shipments are not significantly impacted by disruption events and help keep freight movement times and costs at an acceptable level for carriers and shippers (i.e., manufacturers, retailers, and other beneficial cargo owners).

This webinar will discuss general freight transportation resilience needs, and will highlight recent research on inland port resilience initiatives.
Freight Transportation Resilience Needs
This presentation will discuss overall freight transportation resilience efforts government agencies and freight carriers can implement to minimize the negative impacts of disruptive events on the freight transportation system.
  • Mike Savonis, ICF International, Climate Change and Sustainability Fellow
Inland Port Resilience Initiatives
This presentation will focus on recently completed research that examines resilience needs at inland ports. The presentation will feature information about the inland port resilience roadmap.
  • Larry O'Rourke, ICF International, Transportation, Energy, and Environment Program Manager

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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