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Registration is now available for the April 15 Talking Freight Seminar.



Date/Time: April 15, 2020 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET


Topic: Freight Beyond the City: Approaches to Improving Freight Mobility in the Suburban Context


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


Description and Presentations: Freight transportation demand has continued to increase in recent years, in many cases due to the continued growth in e-commerce, and there has been extensive examination of the impact of those increased movements in cities and other high-density areas.  However, relatively little research has examined freight transportation demand in suburban areas.  Suburban areas make up a significant percentage of many metropolitan areas’ total population, but their moderate density environment – higher than urban areas but lower than rural areas – creates different challenges for both freight carriers and government agencies that serve these areas.  Customers, both businesses and individuals, are usually more spread out than they are in more densely developed locations.  At the same time, suburban areas are often target locations for e-commerce distribution facilities, due to their proximity to urban areas, larger and cheaper amount of land available compared to nearby urban areas, and relatively easy access for labor working at those facilities compared to rural areas.  The suburban area freight transportation challenges are significant in their own right, but need to be examined and understood so freight mobility in those areas can be improved.


This webinar will discuss some approaches being used to address suburban freight transportation challenges.


Freight Beyond the City: Atlanta Regional Commission Freight Cluster Plans

This presentation will discuss the efforts to develop and identify freight clusters in the suburban areas around Atlanta, one of the largest freight transportations hubs in the United States.



At the Intersection of Freight and More Freight

This presentation will examine the freight and community planning initiatives being implemented in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton area in eastern Pennsylvania, a medium-sized metropolitan area that has experienced explosive, freight-related growth in recent years.



Drone Deliveries to Reduce Suburban Freight Costs

This presentation will review how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also known as drones, can be used to facilitate the transport of high value shipments, such as medical supplies, in suburban areas.






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, 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

Business Manager and Director, Communications and Outreach

Office: 703-754-0248 (x8208)

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