Today at 10 am Central – Best Practice Series: Institutionalization of Freight

In my experience, the freight planning process usually includes little if any community involvement or consideration of environmental health. Many states have freight planning committees, but they are usually composed primarily of industry representatives, and few include environmental health advocates in their membership.

The situation is often the same at the Metropolitan Planning Organization level.

California is an exception, with Penny Newman of the MFN organization Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice on the California Freight Advisory Committee.

What is the situation in your state?  Are environmental health advocates included in the freight advisory group?  It they aren’t, they should be!

To get an understanding of how the state freight planners see the process, join today’s webinar.  I’ll be on it.

If you can’t participate in the Webinar, download the information sheets linked below, and the presentation on Draft Highway Primary Freight Network,

Friday, December 13, 2013
10:00-11:30am Central Time
Please join us for the first episode in the MAFC Best Practice series. This webinar will focus on theInstitutionalization of Freight.
Cheryl Ball (Missouri DOT), Jack Kimmerling (Indiana DOT), Craig O’Riley (Iowa DOT), and John Tompkins (Minnesota DOT) will discuss their efforts to develop freight champions, policies, and programs in their agencies.
You will learn about pre-planning for your freight plan, process mapping of freight activities, and the development of agency champions from the field to the board room.
Registration for this event is not required. Access the webinar by using this link.
You can download the agenda for the webinar, as well as one-page information sheets from IndianaIowa, andMinnesota.

Draft Primary Freight Network

The US DOT has released the draft Primary Freight Network.
This week’s Talking Freight is also devoted to An Overview of the Draft Highway Primary Freight Network.
Update: The presentations and a FAQ from this webinar are now available for download (PDF).