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Registration is now available for the May 20 Talking Freight Seminar.



Date/Time: May 20, 2020 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET


Topic: SHRP2 C20 Project Spotlight: The Development And Implementation of a Ten County Freight Model


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


Description and Presentations: transportation professionals, many states and regional planning organizations are taking steps to better understand and improve the freight data available within their jurisdictions.  To support those initiatives, FHWA, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) created the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement (C20) program to facilitate the development of improved freight data sets and freight modeling practices at the state, regional, and local levels.


One of the projects that received funding as part of the SHRP2 C20 program, focused on the North Carolina Piedmont Triad region and administered by the city of Winston-Salem, brought together the ten county Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART), four MPOs in the region (Burlington-Graham, Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem), and the North Carolina DOT to create an Advanced Freight Model as part of PART’s Piedmont Triad Regional Travel Demand Model.  The Advanced Freight Model was developed in three phases, focused on 1) freight facility identification, 2) the creation and integration of the freight model into the broader regional travel demand model, and 3) updating and refining the model by collecting updated data.  More details about the model can be found at the following link: https://www.partnc.org/226/Advanced-Freight-Model.


This webinar will provide an overview of all three steps in the process, including the insights gained and challenges encountered in the development of the regional Advanced Freight Model.  It will also include discussion about the coordination that took place between the North Carolina DOT, regional transportation organizations, and local municipalities that participated in the project.


Regional Freight Model Coordination Between State and Regional Transportation Organizations

This presentation will provide an overview of the Piedmont Triad Advanced Freight Model and focus on the coordination efforts that took place between PART, the four MPOs, and the North Carolina DOT in identifying and collecting the key data used to develop the freight model.



Incorporating Freight Transportation Information into a Regional Travel Demand Model

This presentation will discuss how PART was able to integrate the freight facility travel information into the agency’s broader Regional Travel Demand Model.



Development of a Regional Advanced Freight Model

This presentation will examine the contents of the PART Advanced Freight Model, discuss the challenges encountered when developing the freight model, and review future goals with maintaining and enhancing the freight model.






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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