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Registration for the March 20 Talking Freight seminar on Case Study on Promoting Public and Private Sector Freight Collaboration is still available.


Date/Time: March 20, 2013 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT


Description: In recent years many Departments of Transportation at all geographic levels have placed increased emphasis on addressing freight transportation, due to the general growth in freight movements across all modes and the desire to better understand how freight movements impact, both positively and negatively, the communities where those movements take place. In order to be done effectively, freight transportation planning efforts need to be coordinated among various government agencies at the federal, state, and regional levels and between public sector governments and private sector freight carriers and shippers. The Twin Cities Metropolitan Council, the MPO representing the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, has worked closely with the Minnesota DOT, regional public sector organizations, and private sector companies to address freight transportation needs in Minnesota's largest metropolitan area.  Additionally, the U.S. DOT’s Volpe Center provided assistance in promoting collaboration between the groups involved.  The Twin Cities MPO’s freight planning efforts can serve as a case study for freight collaboration efforts in other metropolitan areas around the U.S.



·         Bill Gardner, Minnesota Department of Transportation

·         Alisa Fine, U.S. Research and Innovative Technology Administration, U.S. DOT Volpe Center

·         Connie Kozlak, Twin Cities Metropolitan Council (aka the Twin Cities MPO)

·         Dave Damm-Luhr, U.S. Research and Innovative Technology Administration, U.S. DOT Volpe Center


An article at further describes Minnesota’s efforts and includes links to four reports on freight collaboration in the Twin Cities region:


1.       Freight Performance Management Framework for the Twin Cities Region;

2.       Report on the Freight Peer to Peer Exchange in St. Paul;

3.       Freight Peer Best Practices Report; and

4.       Story of Freight in the Twin Cities.


If you have not yet participated in Talking Freight, I encourage you to do so. These monthly seminars, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, are held via web conference, which means that you view the PowerPoint presentations over the Internet while listening to the presenters over your computer or the telephone. There is no cost involved and you do not have to leave your desk to participate. More information about Talking Freight is available at  Links to past presentations and recordings are available on


Talking Freight seminars are eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits (for AICP members). 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 website at for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Symoun, SAIC, 703-318-4267 or [log in to unmask].



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