Registration is now available for the April 26 Talking Freight Seminar.

Date/Time: April 26, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET<x-apple-data-detectors://1>

Topic: Freight for All: Defining Major Equity Considerations in Goods Movement


Description and Presentations: Freight transportation can create significant impacts on the people and communities along freight corridors or near freight facilities.  Those locations often experience significant negative noise, air quality, and traffic impacts due to the high freight transportation volumes.  In many cases, economically disadvantaged populations are disproportionately impacted, as people living in those areas may not have the economic means to relocate to other places less affected by freight movements.  Additionally, some communities, in some cases the same communities as those described above, also lack access to key amenities, such as grocery stores, and require trips outside the communities to access these vital services.  It is important for community organizations, public sector transportation organizations, land use planning agencies, and freight transportation facilities themselves to be sensitive to 1) the impacts freight transportation movements create on populations near freight facilities and major freight corridors and 2) poor access to key community amenities served by freight transportation and take steps to mitigate those impacts and involve those populations in the mitigation efforts if possible.

This webinar will discuss initiatives state and metropolitan area transportation organizations have taken to understand the negative impacts freight transportation and/or lack of access to important freight-served community amenities is having on those communities, where those impacts are taking place, and how those impacts on significantly affected communities can be mitigated.

Overview of Equity Considerations in Freight Transportation
This presentation will provide review of the factors transportation-focused organizations need to examine when working to ensure freight transportation’s impacts are mitigated in disproportionately affected communities.

  *   Gloria Jeff, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Generating Opportunity for All Micro-Freight Hub Project
This presentation will discuss efforts by a small MPO to work with community stakeholders to enhance freight deliveries in portions of their coverage area lacking access to key community amenities such as grocery stores.

  *   Teresa “Reese” Brewer, Frontier (Fort Smith, AR) Metropolitan Planning Organization

Integrating Equity into Regional Freight and Transportation Planning
This presentation will examine how the Los Angeles metropolitan area is taking steps to work with communities impacted by freight transportation operations, such as populations that live near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and mitigate those effects.

  *   Michael Cano, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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 Zoom 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<tel:202-366-4415> or [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. If you have any questions about the technology aspects of the webinar, please contact Jennifer Symoun, Toxcel, 703-754-0248<tel:703-754-0248>, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Jennifer Symoun, PMP | toXcel
Vice President, Engineering and Behavioral Sciences
Office: 703-754-0248 (x8208)<tel:703-754-0248;8208>
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