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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
November 19, 2014
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
MAP-21 Freight Provisions: Status Review and Discussion The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, more commonly known as MAP-21, recently hit its two year milestone since being enacted in October 2012. The law contained an increased emphasis on freight transportation, including provisions related to freight performance measurement, truck parking, and commercial vehicle permits during national emergencies. MAP-21 also included language guiding the establishment of a National Freight Network, the creation of a National Freight Strategic Plan, the identification of Projects of National and Regional Significance, the creation of State Freight Plans, and the establishment of State Freight Advisory Committees. Significant progress towards the provisions in the law has been achieved, but considerable work still needs to be done to meet all of the freight requirements contained in the law.

This webinar will provide an overview of some of the MAP-21 freight provisions that have been enacted or are in the process of being enacted. The webinar is intended to allow for active discussion between U.S. DOT and webinar participants on items related to the implementation of MAP-21 freight provisions.
Introduction to MAP-21 Freight Provisions
This presentation will provide an overview of the MAP-21 freight provisions and the items that will be discussed during the webinar.
  • Caitlin Rayman Hughes, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations, Director
National Freight Policy Provisions – Strategic Plan, Conditions and Performance Report, and Advisory Committee Update
This presentation will focus on the national freight policy-related requirements, including the National Freight Strategic Plan, the Conditions and Performance Report, and the National Freight Advisory Committee, that are being implemented under the leadership of the U.S. DOT Office of the Secretary.
  • John Drake, U.S. DOT Office of the Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy
FHWA-Led MAP-21 Freight Provisions Implementation Status Update
This presentation will discuss the current implementation status for various FHWA-led MAP-21 initiatives. The freight provisions that will be discussed include:
  • Freight performance measures
  • National Freight Network and Primary Freight Network
  • Jason's Law Truck Parking Study
  • Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study
  • Projects of National and Regional Significance
  • State freight plans
  • State freight advisory committees
  • Increased federal share match for freight projects
  • Special commercial vehicle permits during national emergencies
  • Compilation of existing state truck size and weight limits laws
  • Ed Strocko and various staff to be determined, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations

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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