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Document Number: 2015-01234
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-01233
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice announces the establishment of FRA's Emergency Relief Docket (ERD) for calendar year 2015. The designated ERD for calendar year 2015 is Docket Number FRA-2015-0001.
Document Number: 2015-00114
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-01-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-30279
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-01-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule requires railroads that operate one or more trains through highway-rail or pathway crossings to submit information to the U.S. DOT National Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory about the crossings through which they operate. These amendments, mandated by section 204 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, require railroads to submit information about previously unreported and new highway-rail and pathway crossings to the U.S. DOT National Highway- Rail Crossing Inventory and to periodically update existing crossing data.
Document Number: 2014-30465
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-30247
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the renewal Information Collection Requests (ICRs) abstracted below arebeing forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on October 17, 2014 (79 FR 62513).
Document Number: 2014-30113
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule maintains the rail equipment accident/incident monetary reporting threshold at $10,500 for railroad accidents/ incidents involving property damage that occur during calendar year (CY) 2015 that FRA's accident/incident reporting regulations require to be reported to the agency. FRA is maintaining the reporting threshold at the CY 2014 level because, in part, wage data for the second-quarter of 2014, (the data used to calculate the threshold) was abnormally high due to retroactive payment of wage increases resulting from labor contract agreements affecting several railroads. FRA believes that the data does not accurately reflect the changes in labor costs for the second-quarter of 2014 and leads to an overinflated threshold calculation for CY 2015. In addition, FRA is maintaining the monetary threshold for CY 2015 at the CY 2014 level while it reexamines the method for calculating the monetary threshold it last updated in 2005.
Document Number: 2014-29747
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice of determination provides the FRA Administrator's minimum annual random drug and alcohol testing rates for calendar year 2015. According to data from FRA's Management Information System, the rail industry's random drug testing positive rate has remained below 1.0 percent for the last two years. FRA's Administrator has therefore determined that the minimum annual random drug testing rate for the period January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, will remain at 25 percent of covered railroad employees. In addition, because the industry-wide random alcohol testing violation rate has remained below 0.5 percent for the last two years, the Administrator has determined that the minimum random alcohol testing rate will remain at 10 percent of covered railroad employees for the period January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Railroads remain free, as always, to conduct random testing at higher rates.
Document Number: 2014-29398
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-29397
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-29127
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-28518
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-28506
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the renewal Information Collection Requests (ICR) abstracted below are being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on September 5, 2014 (79 FR 56616).
Document Number: 2014-28365
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it intends to grant the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) waivers from FRA's Buy America requirement for the non-domestic final assembly of up to four (two for Amtrak; two for the Authority) ``prototype'' Tier III high-speed rail (HSR) trainsets in connection with the procurement of HSR trainsets. These waivers apply only to the final assembly of up to two prototype HSR trainsets each for Amtrak and the Authority. Each waiver is subject to the following condition: Before issuing a ``Notice To Proceed'' to any selected supplier, Amtrak and the Authority each must certify and provide support to FRA that its selected supplier still has not established domestic manufacturing facilities capable of assembling the prototypes and delivering them within a reasonable time. All components used in the prototypes must still be domestically manufactured or separate waivers for components requested and granted before assembly of the prototypes can commence.
Document Number: 2014-28380
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On November 25, 2014, FRA published a document in the Federal Register to reemphasize the importance of clear communication and compliance with applicable rules and procedures regarding roadway worker authority limits on controlled track, and to ensure that appropriate safety redundancies are in place to protect against miscommunication or error. The document contained an incorrect job designation (``foreman'' instead of ``roadway worker in charge'') for an employee in the first incident discussed in the safety advisory that resulted in an employee fatality, and an incorrect location (``Danbury,'' instead of ``West Haven,'' Connecticut) for the second incident that also resulted in an employee fatality. The safety advisory otherwise remains unchanged.
Document Number: 2014-27955
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2014-02 to reemphasize the importance of clear communication and compliance with applicable rules and procedures regarding roadway worker authority limits on controlled track. FRA believes it is necessary to issue this advisory in light of the miscommunication or error involved in recent roadway worker incidents that occurred at locations that were either outside of authority limits or within authority limits that were no longer protected due to dispatcher error. This safety advisory recommends that railroads monitor their employees for compliance with existing applicable rules and procedures and that they also examine their train dispatching systems, rules, and procedures to ensure that appropriate safety redundancies are in place in the event of miscommunication or error. In addition, this safety advisory recommends that if a railroad determines that appropriate safety redundancies are not in place, the railroad should adopt electronic technology that would provide appropriate safety redundancies, and adopt certain interim safety measures and procedures at least until such technology is in place.
Document Number: 2014-27436
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the renewal Information Collection Requests (ICRs) abstracted below are being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on September 3, 2014 (79 FR 52409).
Document Number: 2014-27252
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifty-second meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The RSAC meeting topics will include opening remarks from the FRA Administrator, and status reports will be provided by the Tourist and Historic, Recording Devices, and Rail Integrity Working Groups. A status report will also be provided by the Engineering Task Force. FRA will propose a new task for committee consideration regarding remotely controlled locomotives. This agenda is subject to change, including the possible addition of further proposed tasks.
Document Number: 2014-27219
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-27218
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-27217
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-11-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-26290
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is establishing minimum training standards for all safety- related railroad employees, as required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA). The final rule requires each railroad or contractor that employs one or more safety-related railroad employee to develop and submit a training program to FRA for approval and to designate the minimum training qualifications for each occupational category of employee. The rule also requires most employers to conduct periodic oversight of their own employees and annual written reviews of their training programs to close performance gaps. The rule also contains specific training and qualification requirements for operators of roadway maintenance machines that can hoist, lower, and horizontally move a suspended load. Finally, the rule clarifies the existing training requirements for railroad and contractor employees that perform brake system inspections, tests, or maintenance.
Document Number: 2014-25219
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that the FRA and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) will be preparing a Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a 123-mile portion of the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) Corridor from Washington, DC to Richmond, Virginia. The EIS will evaluate environmental and related impacts of upgrading the rail system and associated infrastructure between the Long Bridge over the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia and Centralia, Virginia, to implement higher speed passenger rail service, increase rail capacity, and improve passenger train reliability. FRA is issuing this notice to solicit public and agency input into the development of the scope of the EIS and to advise the public that outreach activities conducted by FRA and DRPT will be considered in the preparation of the EIS. To ensure all significant issues are identified and considered, the public is invited to comment on the scope of the EIS, including the purpose and need, alternatives to be considered, impacts to be evaluated, and methodologies to be used in the evaluation.
Document Number: 2014-24987
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the renewal Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on August 5, 2014 (79 FR 45585).
Document Number: 2014-24756
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-24751
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-24750
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-24749
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-24748
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-24747
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-24746
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-24745
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-24688
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting the information collection requests (ICRs) below for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Document Number: 2014-23511
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below requesting regular review is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on June 30, 2014 (79 FR 36860).
Document Number: 2014-23202
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-22919
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA proposes to revise and clarify existing regulations related to the use of glazing materials in the windows of locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses. This proposed rule would reduce paperwork and other economic burdens on the rail industry by removing a stenciling requirement for locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses that are required to be equipped with glazing. This proposed rule would also clarify the application of the regulations to antiquated equipment and to the end locations of all equipment to provide more certainty to the rail industry and more narrowly address FRA's safety concerns. FRA is also proposing to clarify the definition of passenger car and separately to update the rule by removing certain compliance dates that are no longer necessary.
Document Number: 2014-22878
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-22877
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-22876
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-22875
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-22768
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 28, 2014, FRA published an NPRM proposing to expand the scope of its alcohol and drug regulations to cover employees who perform maintenance-of-way (MOW) activities and certain additional substantive amendments. This document provides notice that FRA is extending the comment period for this NPRM by 60 days.
Document Number: 2014-22500
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting the information collection requests (ICRs) below for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Document Number: 2014-22080
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration
This final rule amends the application requirements for the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (Program). This rulemaking is prompted by enactment of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which converted the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Pilot Program into a permanent program, allowed any State to apply for the Program, created a renewal process for Program participation, and expanded the scope of the Secretary's responsibilities that may be assigned and assumed under the Program to environmental review responsibilities for railroad, public transportation, and multimodal projects, in addition to highway projects.
Document Number: 2014-21617
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-21616
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-21615
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-21614
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-21613
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-21612
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-21253
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA proposes amendments to the brake system safety standards for freight and other non-passenger trains and equipment to strengthen the requirements relating to the securement of unattended equipment. Specifically, FRA would codify many of the requirements already included in its Emergency Order 28, Establishing Additional Requirements for Attendance and Securement of Certain Freight Trains and Vehicles on Mainline Track or Mainline Siding Outside of a Yard or Terminal. FRA proposes to amend existing regulations to include additional securement requirements for unattended equipment, primarily for trains transporting poisonous by inhalation hazardous materials or large volumes of Division 2.1 (flammable gases), Class 3 (flammable or combustible liquids, including crude oil and ethanol), and Class 1.1 or 1.2 (explosives) hazardous materials. For these trains, FRA also proposes additional communication requirements relating to job briefings and securement verification. Finally, FRA proposes to require all locomotives left unattended outside of a yard to be equipped with an operative exterior locking mechanism. Attendance on trains would be required on equipment not capable of being secured in accordance with the proposed and existing requirements.
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