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FHWA Talking Freight Webinar 8/29: Critical Urban and Rural Freight Corridors

August 15, 2018
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On August 29, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will hold the webinar Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors Guidance and Designation Process Discussion.  This will be held as part of the monthly Talking Freight webinar series.  Register for the free webinar online here.

The passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, in December 2015 created various, new provisions related to freight transportation planning.  One of them was the establishment of the National Highway Freight Program, which identified a National Highway Freight Network (NHFN) comprised of various network components.  State and local governments designate two components of the NHFN.  One of the components is the Critical Urban Freight Corridors, which are identified and classified, depending on the size of the urbanized area, by state Departments of Transportation (state DOTs) or Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs).  The other component is the Critical Rural Freight Corridors, which are designated by the state DOTs.  Designation of the Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridors required state DOTs and MPOs to coordinate with each other to identify the most appropriate corridors to include in the program, and to ensure corridors crossing jurisdictional boundaries connected to each other or other state or local freight corridors of significance.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Critical Urban and Critical Rural Freight Corridor designation process, including the program requirements, and provide examples of how state DOTs and MPOs identified corridors within their jurisdictions and coordinated with other transportation planning partners as part of the designation process.

The webinar presenters will include representatives of FHWA, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.