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Fundamentals of Freight Data Workshop

PROGRAM AREA: Freight and Transportation Logistics
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
1.5 Days
0 Units
$375 Per Participant
1.5 Days
0 Units
$725 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30


The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) one and half day workshop, Fundamentals of Freight Data is intended for freight transportation professionals at state Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), including planners and policy- and decision-makers who need information on freight data for a variety of uses. These freight data uses include regional profiles, Long-Range Transportation Plans (LRTP), State Freight Plans, State and MPO Transportation Improvement Plans (STIP/TIP), freight performance measures, forecasting, studies facility/corridor planning and strategic policy planning, among others.

The workshop will provide participants with a broad knowledge of freight data sources. As well as the ability to utilize freight data for transportation planning program/project development and policy analysis.

It is important to understand the topic of freight for many reasons, including: policy and strategic planning, local planning, project development, operations and performance management. Understanding and being able to use freight data is not an easy endeavor, yet it is one that is critical to master for many transportation planning projects. This workshop provides broad knowledge of the freight data sources used in the primary freight activities needed for transportation planning and effective policy decision making.

This workshop is not meant to be a comprehensive and in-depth examination of freight data and its applications. It will present the characteristics and key limitations of existing data, methods for collecting local/state data, and overall use of freight data.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand needs and uses for freight data
  • Identify the major sources and types of freight data
  • Review noteworthy applications of freight data
  • Determine freight data needs for your organization


The target audience for this training includes those individuals directly involved in freight activities, including: State DOT transportation and freight planners, city and county planners who deal with freight issues, MPO staff, public sector transportation and freight planners, economic development analysts, and FHWA employees. It is expected that attendees will already have a basic freight transportation foundation before attending this workshop. Participants should be familiar with general freight terminology, modes and trends before participating in this workshop. The NHI course, Integrating Freight in the Transportation Planning Process (139006) which is offered online or equivalent experience can provide the fundamentals necessary to prepare for this workshop.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


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