NHI Advanced Freight Planning Course

Mid-America Freight Coalition 

Tuesday, April 24 & Wednesday, April 25, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., both days
Cleveland, OH 44114-3204

The National Highway Institute’s Advanced Freight Planning (FHWA-NHI-139003) course is being offered on April 24th & 25th in Cleveland, Ohio at the offices of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), themetropolitan planning organization in Northeast Ohio.


$400 per registrant for this two-day course. Registrants can earn 1.2 CEUs from the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Course description

This course expands on freight topics covered in other FHWA-developed freight planning courses to provide techniques and strategies designed for those individuals directly involved in the implementation of transportation planning, programming and allocation of resources. It provides participants with the skills needed to identify, prioritize, develop and implement freight supportive projects. This is an advanced level course and it focuses heavily on resources and solutions, and how those solutions can be applied to developing plans and programs for public and private sectors.

Course outcomes

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

  • Discuss how freight transportation needs differ for major industry sectors
  • Describe the role of the freight transportation systems in supporting economic competitiveness
  • List the economic drivers that influence private sector freight transportation decisions
  • Discuss how private sector needs can inform public sector performance measures
  • Summarize methods for identifying and prioritizing freight projects
  • Discuss the benefits of engaging private sector stakeholders in project identification
  • List potential funding mechanisms for freight projects


Participants must successfully complete either FHWA-NHI-139001 (prior to 31 March 2008) or FHWA-NHI-139006 (after 1 April 2008) Integrating Freight in the Transportation Planning Process prior to attending 139003. Participants MUST bring a copy of their certificate of completion to their scheduled session of FHWA-NHI-139003 and provide it to the lead instructor. This online course is $50 and takes approximately six hours, but can be done at your own pace, and registrants can earn 0.6 CEUs.

Who should attend

Mid-level State DOT transportation and freight planners, City and County Planners (who deal with freight planning issues), MPO staff, mid- and high-level public sector transportation and freight planners, consultants, private sector Freight Managers, economic development analysts, and FHWA Employees.


There are numerous hotels within a short distance of NOACA’s offices. A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of April 23 & 24 for $117/night plus tax at the Embassy Suites Cleveland – Downtown at 1701 E. 12th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44114. A free cooked-to-order breakfast is served daily and there is a complimentary beverage reception nightly. Call the hotel directly at 216-523-8000 or 1-800-EMBASSY, or book online at www.embassysuites.com#mce_temp_url# by March 24th and use code “NHI Freight Course” The Embassy Suites is located directly across the street from NOACA.
Please contact Meredith Davis at 216.241.2414, ext. 350 or mdavis@mpo.noaca.org

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