This is a reminder that registration is still available for two upcoming Talking Freight seminars to be held on September 20 and 21, 2017. If you have already registered, please disregard this email.


Please note that the registration process for these seminars has changed. Non-USDOT employees must have an FHWA external collaboration account to register. If you do not have an account please visit https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/FBA/Register.aspx to request one. Once you have an account you can register through the registration links below.




Date/Time: September 20, 2017  1:00 – 2:30 pm ET



Registration: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight/index.htm

Description and Presentations: Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Program recognizes top-ranking shipper partners from all sectors and of all sizes for exceptional accomplishments in saving fuel and reducing emissions.  SmartWay shippers achieve these efficiencies not only by hiring and incentivizing SmartWay carriers, but by making innovative changes in mode utilization, logistics, and facilities.  Federal, state, and local transportation planners can encourage broader use of these efficient strategies through infrastructure planning and funding programs.


This webinar will allow transportation professionals and other participants to gain insights from EPA and three SmartWay shipper partners on strategies that can inform freight planning processes and help create sustainable facilities and fleets that have lower impacts on surrounding land uses.


SmartWay Advances Sustainable Transportation Supply Chains

This presentation will describe how EPA’s voluntary SmartWay program incentivizes the freight transportation industry, and how SmartWay partners in turn incentivize one another, to reduce fuel use and emissions while improving economic output.  EPA’s role, by providing tools, a data platform, recognition, and opportunities to collaborate, will be examined.  Additionally, SmartWay program accomplishments and future goals will also be discussed.


·         Joann Jackson-Stephens, EPA Office of Transportation & Air Quality, SmartWay Brand Manager


Whirlpool Case Study – Optimizing Its Supply Chain Through Reducing Fuel Use

This presentation will cover Whirlpool’s integrated North America supply chain, and how SmartWay tools help Whirlpool manage their network, operations and carriers to reduce fuel consumption.


·         Kara Hegg, Whirlpool Corporation


Medtronic Case Study – Modifying Its Distribution System Through Increased Use of Intermodal Rail

This presentation will explore the logistical challenges and emissions rewards of shifting freight to intermodal in a network undergoing rapid change, and how SmartWay accounting tools help Medtronic understand carrier performance & mode tradeoffs, and document success.


·         Jason Lau, Medtronic


Pinnacle Foods Case Study – Strategies to Reduce Truck Miles Driven

This presentation will focus on Pinnacle’s initiative to improve truck carrier efficiency and increase intermodal moves to reduce costs and emissions.


·         Darren Conner, Pinnacle Foods, Senior Director of Transportation





Date/Time: September 21, 2017  1:00 – 2:30 pm ET



Registration: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight/index.htm


Description and Presentations: Both freight rail and passenger rail have experienced increased demand in recent years in many regions of the U.S. on many parts of the U.S. rail network.  On many rail corridors, freight and passenger trains share the same tracks or at least the same right-of-way, and this can create challenges for both types of rail carriers due to their much different operating characteristics, including speed, length of trains, and frequency of stops.  Additional coordination challenges can also arise when multiple freight rail carriers and/or multiple passenger rail carriers, such as two Class I freight railroads and/or Amtrak and a commuter railroad, also operate within the same corridor.  The differing operational needs for freight and passenger railroads can make operations coordination challenging, and it is important for transportation stakeholders who are trying to implement or advocate for increased freight and/or passenger rail operations to understand those issues.


This webinar will examine both freight and passenger railroad operations coordination perspectives, including the challenges and opportunities with coordinating their operations in a way that allows both types of rail carriers to operate efficiently.


Freight and Passenger Railroad Operating Characteristics and Coordination Needs Overview

This presentation will explain the similarities and differences in how freight and passenger railroads operate, and some of the challenges and needs both types of carriers have when coordinating their operations with each other and with other freight or passenger railroads.


·         Chris Barkan, National University Rail Center and University of Illinois


Freight Railroad Perspective on Freight and Passenger Railroad Operations Coordination

This presentation will discuss the challenges and opportunities from a large, Class I freight railroad perspective of coordinating operations with passenger railroads and other freight railroads.


·         DJ Mitchell, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad


Passenger Railroad Perspective on Freight and Passenger Railroad Operations Coordination

This presentation will examine the challenges and opportunities from an intercity passenger railroad perspective both of operating passenger trains on freight railroad-owned tracks and of having other railroad carriers, particularly freight railroads, operating on Amtrak-owned tracks.


·         Jim Blair, Amtrak




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 http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight/index.htm  Links to past presentations and recordings are available on http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/freightplanning/talking.htm.


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 web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.


In addition, starting with the September 20 seminar, we also will be offering PDH certificates for those who are interested.


If you have any questions about the webinar content, please contact Chip Millard, FHWA Freight Office, at 202-366-4415 or [log in to unmask]If you have any questions about the technology aspects of the webinar, please contact Jennifer Symoun, Toxcel, 703-754-0248, [log in to unmask]






Jennifer Symoun, PMP | toXcel
Director, Transportation Technology

Office: 703.754.0248 (x8208)
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