Registration is now available for the August 29 Talking Freight Seminar. Please note that this is two weeks later than the usual third Wednesday of the month date.




Date/Time: August 29, 2018  1:00 – 2:30 pm ET


Topic: Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors Guidance and Designation Process Discussion




Description and Presentations: The passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, in December 2015 created various, new provisions related to freight transportation planning.  One of them was the establishment of the National Highway Freight Program, which identified a National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) comprised of various network components.  State and local governments designate two components of the NHFN.  One of the components is the Critical Urban Freight Corridors, which are identified and classified, depending on the size of the urbanized area, by state Departments of Transportation (state DOTs) or Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).  The other component is the Critical Rural Freight Corridors, which are designated by the state DOTs.  Designation of the Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors required state DOTs and MPOs to coordinate with each other to identify the most appropriate corridors to include in the program, and to ensure corridors crossing jurisdictional boundaries connected to each other or other state or local freight corridors of significance.


This webinar will provide an overview of the Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridor designation process, including the program requirements, and provide examples of how state DOTs and MPOs identified corridors within their jurisdictions and coordinated with other transportation planning partners as part of the designation process.


Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors Designation Process Overview

This presentation will review the state DOT and MPO requirements for designating Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors, and discuss how those organizations can update their designations as necessary in the future.


Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors Identification and Designation Process – State DOT Example

This presentation will discuss a state DOT’s process for designating Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors in its jurisdiction, and talk about how the state coordinated with large MPOs in the state when Critical Urban Freight Corridors were identified in those areas.


Critical Urban Freight Corridors Identification and Designation Process – MPO Example

This presentation will examine an MPO’s process for classifying Critical Urban Freight Corridors within its boundaries, and review how the MPO coordinated with multiple state DOTs when designating the corridors.



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 web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.


In addition, those who are interested can obtain a certificate for 1.5 PDH hours.


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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