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



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


Topic: Examining the Growth of Inland Ports


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


Description and Presentations: Inland ports, which are typically intermodal rail yards that are connected by rail to coastal marine ports, have become increasingly popular in recent years.  Many marine ports develop the inland facilities in coordination with Class I railroads.  The facilities extend the marine ports’ geographic reach, and help reduce congestion at the marine ports’ primary, water-based facilities.  For the railroads, the inland ports provide an opportunity to consolidate and attract long distance rail shipments and short distance truck shipments and improve their economies of scale to directly serve ports.  Regional truck carriers can also benefit from the inland facilities by reducing their need to directly serve congested marine ports and by increasing the amount of intermediate length haul shipments that allow drivers to go home most nights, rather than spending days at a time on the road.  Finally, states often support inland ports because they provide economic development and job opportunities in areas separate from the marine ports while also reducing congestion near those marine ports.  In general, inland ports can provide significant freight transportation logistics and economic development benefits if they are appropriately located and the marine ports they serve generate sufficient volume.


This webinar will review current issues and trends related to inland ports, providing various perspectives about the benefits and challenges associated with inland port operations.


United States Inland Ports – Lessons Learned

This presentation will provide an overview of inland port development activity that has taken place in recent years in the United States, and talk about the general pros and cons of the inland port development from location, economic development, and freight transportation perspectives.



Inland Port Supply Chain Logistics, Industrial Development, and Economic Considerations

This presentation will examine why inland ports are developed from a supply chain and industrial development perspective, and review the benefits they can provide to freight carriers that serve the inland ports.



Benefits of Developing Inland Ports from a Marine Port Perspective

These presentations will discuss why many marine ports have developed or are developing inland ports, and assess the benefits marine ports receive from developing those facilities.





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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