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Talking Freight Webinar: Freight and Megaregions

February 18, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Date/Time: February 19, 2014 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST


Description: Within transportation planning, one area of increasing focus is megaregions.  According to America 2050, megaregions are closely clustered metropolitan areas that share “interlocking economic systems, shared natural resources and ecosystems, and common transportation systems”.  The Northeast Corridor, sometimes also called the Northeast megalopolis, is the most well-known megaregion in the U.S., but various other megaregions, including the Great Lakes megaregion, the Texas Triangle megaregion, and megaregions in both northern and southern California, have also been identified.  From a freight transportation perspective, these megaregions provide manufacturing and distribution companies opportunities to serve a large number of businesses and people using a small number of well-located facilities within or between megaregions.  However, because of their large populations and higher traffic volumes over relatively large geographic areas, transportation challenges also arise in megaregions to serve those businesses and people, often in the form of transportation system congestion.  Most megaregions cross state boundaries, and the high level freight transportation needs in these regions makes multi-state transportation planning and coordination both more complex and critical.


This webinar will provide information that gives a more detailed, transportation-focused overview of the megaregion concept.  It will also provide both public and private sector-focused perspectives on the challenges and opportunities associated with freight transportation movements within and between megaregions.


Overview of the Megaregions Concept

This presentation will provide an overview of the megaregions concept, how they function currently and in the future, and what transportation needs and opportunities arise in megaregions.

  • Dr. Catherine Ross, Georgia Institute of Technology


Freight in Megaregions – Metropolitan/Regional Perspective

This presentation will discuss various metropolitan planning level efforts to increase cross-regional planning with other MPOs.  Both opportunities and challenges associated with those planning efforts will be discussed.

  • Bill Lyons, U.S. DOT Volpe Center


Freight in Megaregions – Business & Freight Logistics Perspective

This presentation will discuss the key freight transportation considerations in megaregions from the business and freight logistics point of view.

  • Page Siplon, Georgia Center for Innovation in Logistics


February 18, 2014
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm




Federal Highway Administration

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