Saturday, June 18, 2016

FHWA: Talking Freight Seminar on June 29: Oversize and Overweight Freight Shipments

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Talking Freight Seminars

Attention AICP Members
Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.
The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Nicole Coene (Leidos) via e-mail at
Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. 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.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & TimeTopicDescription of TopicSpeakers, Affiliations and Topics
June 29, 2016
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Oversize and Overweight Freight ShipmentsWithin the trucking industry, the percentage of oversize/overweight cargo shipments has grown significantly in recent years, with some states having experienced 50% growth in those truck movements over the last 10 to 15 years. Moving oversize/overweight freight presents a number of challenges, including infrastructure constraints, regulatory restrictions, and complex permitting processes. This patchwork of regulations, permitting processes, and other physical and information limitations can result in inefficiencies for multi-state oversize/overweight truck movements, which can lead to increased financial costs for carriers and shippers and negative societal impacts for affected communities.
This webinar will discuss the research conducted as part of NCHRP 08-97, Finding and Using Data to Identify and Evaluate Corridors for Transporting Multi-state, Multimodal Oversize/Overweight Freight, which will be formally released in the near future. The intent of this research project was to create a guidebook that describes the current oversize/overweight regulatory and permitting landscape in the U.S., identify and define the challenges associated with multi-state oversize or overweight freight shipments, and pinpoint options to address these challenges. The following learning objectives have been identified for the webinar:
  • What challenges do state Departments of Transportation encounter when permitting oversize/overweight freight?
  • What is the oversize/overweight truck regulation and permitting landscape in the U.S., what are some of the key differences across jurisdictions and how do these differences affect oversize/overweight shippers and carriers?
  • What opportunities exist to improve multimodal and multi-state oversize/overweight cargo routing decisions, and to streamline route planning and permitting processes?
  • State DOT Perspective on Oversize and Overweight Freight Shipments – This presentation will examine the key considerations, processes, and challenges required by state Departments of Transportation when permitting the use of oversize and/or overweight trucks on a state roadway network.
    • Matthew Hedge, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Carrier Perspective on Oversize and Overweight Freight Shipments – This presentation will discuss the needs and challenges associated with transporting oversize and overweight freight shipments from the truck carrier perspective.
    • Steven Todd, Specialized Carriers and Riggers Association
  • NCHRP 08-97 Overview – This presentation will provide an overview of the information that is discussed and analyzed in the impending NCHRP 08-97 report, as well as provide potential solutions to increasing the efficiency of oversize/overweight freight movements given the challenges encountered by public and private stakeholders.
    • Alex Marach, CPCS Transcom Inc.

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard


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