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Talking Freight Webinar 5/20: Regional Freight Model

May 14, 2020
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The Federal Highway Administration will offer the webinar The Development And Implementation of a Ten County Freight Model through the monthly webinar series Talking Freight on Wednesday, May 20, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Many states and regional planning organizations are taking steps to better understand and improve the freight data available within their jurisdictions.  To support those initiatives, FHWA, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) created the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement (C20) program to facilitate the development of improved freight data sets and freight modeling practices at the state, regional, and local levels.

One of the projects that received funding as part of the SHRP2 C20 program, focused on the North Carolina Piedmont Triad region and administered by the city of Winston-Salem, brought together the ten county Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART), four MPOs in the region (Burlington-Graham, Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem), and the North Carolina DOT to create an Advanced Freight Model as part of PART’s Piedmont Triad Regional Travel Demand Model.  The Advanced Freight Model was developed in three phases, focused on 1) freight facility identification, 2) the creation and integration of the freight model into the broader regional travel demand model, and 3) updating and refining the model by collecting updated data.  More details about the model can be found at the following link:

This webinar will provide an overview of all three steps in the process, including the insights gained and challenges encountered in the development of the regional Advanced Freight Model.  It will also include discussion about the coordination that took place between the North Carolina DOT, regional transportation organizations, and local municipalities that participated in the project.

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