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Document Number: 2016-12308
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSX) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Version 1.0, dated September 24, 2015. CSX asks FRA to approve its PTCSP and issue a PTC System Certification for CSX's Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS) under 49 CFR 236.1009 and 236.1015.
Document Number: 2016-11673
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the charter renewal of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. This charter renewal will take effect on May 16, 2016, and will expire after 2 years.
Document Number: 2016-11491
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On March 15, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. FRA is announcing an extension to the comment period and that it will schedule a public hearing in a future notice to provide interested persons an opportunity to comment on the proposal and to discuss further development of the regulation. When FRA schedules the public hearing in a future notice, it will also reopen the comment period for this proceeding to allow additional time for interested parties to submit written comments in response to views or information provided at the public hearing.
Document Number: 2016-11217
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-11216
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-11215
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-10959
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Through this NOI, FRA announces its intent to jointly prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) for the San Francisco to San Jose Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System, Blended System Project (Blended System Project or Project). FRA invites the public and all interested parties to provide comments on the scope of the EIR/EIS, including the proposed purpose and need, the alternatives to consider, potential environmental impacts of concern, and methodologies for analysis of impacts. Through this NOI, FRA also rescinds its December 2008 NOI for the San Francisco to San Jose Section. FRA and the Authority will develop the EIR/EIS in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). FRA and the Authority will hold scoping meetings and outreach activities as part of the NEPA/CEQA process. Federal cooperating agencies for the EIR/EIS are the Surface Transportation Board (STB) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Document Number: 2016-10831
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Consistent with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, this document provides notice that FRA is submitting the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collect information on railroads' implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems on a quarterly form. FRA requests regular processing and OMB authorization to collect the information on the quarterly form identified below 30 days after publication of this notice for a period of three years.
Document Number: 2016-10774
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the sixth meeting of the NECSC, a Federal Advisory Committee mandated by section 212 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA). The NECSC is composed of stakeholders operating on the Northeast Corridor (NEC), and its purpose is to provide annual recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. NECSC meeting topics will include the following: Maintenance-of-way fatigue, presentations on the NEC's future and NEC construction projects, Tier III passenger equipment rulemaking, the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C\3\RS), Amtrak 160 mph waiver requests, split rail derails on track leading to the NEC, and a general discussion of safety issues.
Document Number: 2016-10317
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks renewal of six currently-approved information collection activities. Before submitting these information collection requirements (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewed approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified in this notice.
Document Number: 2016-10277
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Through this Notice, FRA announces its intent to jointly prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) with the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) for the Hudson Tunnel Project (the Proposed Action or the Project) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Proposed Action is intended to preserve the current functionality of the Northeast Corridor's (NEC) Hudson River rail crossing between New Jersey and New York and strengthen the resilience of the NEC. The Project would consist of construction of a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River, including railroad infrastructure in New Jersey and New York connecting the new rail tunnel to the existing NEC, and rehabilitation of the existing NEC tunnel beneath the Hudson River, referred to as the North River Tunnel. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a reasonable range of alternatives, including the No Action (No Build) Alternative. As appropriate, FRA and NJ TRANSIT will coordinate with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), as owner of the North River Tunnel, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) on the EIS. FRA invites the public and all interested parties to provide comments on the scope of the EIS, including the proposed purpose and need, the Proposed Action and alternatives to be considered in the EIS, potential environmental impacts of concern and methodologies to be used in the EIS, the approach for public and agency involvement, and any other particular concerns about the potential impacts of the Proposed Action.
Document Number: 2016-10077
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO or notice) details the application requirements and procedures for obtaining grant funding for eligible projects under the Railroad Safety Infrastructure Improvement Grant program. The opportunities described in this notice are available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.301, ``Rail Safety Grants.''
Document Number: 2016-09911
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
FMCSA and FRA announce three public listening sessions on May 12, 17, and 25, 2016, to solicit information on the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and of its potential consequences for the safety of rail and highway transportation. FMCSA and FRA (collectively ``the Agencies'') also request information on potential costs and benefits from possible regulatory actions that address the safety risks associated with motor carrier and rail transportation workers in safety sensitive positions who have OSA. The listening sessions will provide interested parties an opportunity to share their views and any data or analysis on this topic with representatives of both Agencies. The Agencies will transcribe all comments and place the transcripts in the dockets referenced above for the Agencies' consideration. The Agencies will webcast the entire proceedings of all three meetings.
Document Number: 2016-09445
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-09444
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-09244
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-09243
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-09242
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-09241
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-07780
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures for obtaining funding for eligible Railroad Safety Technology Grant projects. The opportunities described in this notice are available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 20.321, ``Railroad Safety Technology.''
Document Number: 2016-07266
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-31
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 ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on December 29, 2015.
Document Number: 2016-06583
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-24
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 an extension of the following currently approved information collection activities. On February 19, 2016, FRA published in the Federal Register its request for Emergency Clearance for new Form FRA F 6180.167, Bridge Inspection Report Public Version Request Form. See 81 FR 8588. The information collection activities associated with Form FRA F 6180.167 received a six-month emergency approval from OMB on February 25, 2016. FRA seeks a regular clearance (extension of the current approval for three years) to continue this effort to provide a means for a State or a political subdivision of a State to obtain a public version of a bridge inspection report generated by a railroad for a bridge located within their respective jurisdiction. Before submitting these information collection requirements 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: 2016-06214
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-06213
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-06212
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-05997
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the twentieth anniversary and fifty-fifth meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (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 the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer. Status reports will be provided by the Remote Control Locomotive, Track Standards, Hazardous Materials Issues, and Rail Integrity Working Groups. A status report will also be provided by the Engineering Task Force. This agenda is subject to change, including the possible addition of further proposed tasks.
Document Number: 2016-05996
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA recently completed its investigation into a fatal accident that occurred when an on-track roadway maintenance machine traveling on main track collided with a motor vehicle at a highway-rail grade crossing. FRA is issuing this Safety Advisory 2016-01 to heighten rules compliance and situational awareness of railroads, railroad contractors, and their respective employees when operating roadway maintenance machines over highway-rail grade crossings. This Safety Advisory makes recommendations to railroads and railroad contractors regarding the need to review, update, and follow rules and procedures governing the safe movement of roadway maintenance equipment over highway-rail grade crossings.
Document Number: 2016-05924
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
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 ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on December 29, 2015.
Document Number: 2016-05866
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 11308 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Public Law 114-94 (December 4, 2015), requires the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to ``issue a request for proposals for projects for the financing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a high-speed passenger rail system operating within a high-speed rail corridor.'' To satisfy this requirement, the FRA is soliciting and encouraging the submission of proposals to finance, design, construct, operate, and maintain a high- speed rail (HSR) system. FRA will review the proposals within 90 days of their receipt and the Secretary may establish commissions to further review proposals that the Secretary determines warrant further consideration.
Document Number: 2016-05553
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA proposes regulations establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. A minimum requirement of two crewmembers is proposed for all railroad operations, with exceptions proposed for those operations that FRA believes do not pose significant safety risks to railroad employees, the general public, and the environment by using fewer than two-person crews. This proposed rule would also establish minimum requirements for the roles and responsibilities of the second train crewmember on a moving train, and promote safe and effective teamwork. Additionally, FRA co-proposes two different options for situations where a railroad wants to continue an existing operation with a one-person train crew or start up an operation with less than two crewmembers. Under both co- proposal options, a railroad that wants to continue an existing operation or start a new operation with less than a two-person train crew would be required to describe the operation and provide safety- related information to FRA; however, proposed Option 1 includes an FRA review and approval period lasting up to 90 days while Option 2 proposes permitting such operations to initiate or continue without a mandatory FRA review and approval waiting period or while such review is taking place. For start-up freight operations with less than two crewmembers, proposed Option 2 also requires a statement signed by the railroad officer in charge of the operation certifying a safety hazard analysis of the operation has been completed and that the operation provides an appropriate level of safety.
Document Number: 2016-05396
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-10
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) request data and information concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and on its potential consequences for the safety of rail and highway transportation. FMCSA and FRA (collectively ``the Agencies'') also request information on potential costs and benefits from regulatory actions that address the safety risks associated with motor carrier and rail transportation workers in safety sensitive positions who have OSA. For instance, the agencies request comment on the costs and benefits of requiring motor carrier and rail transportation workers in safety sensitive positions who exhibit multiple risk factors for OSA to undergo evaluation and treatment by a healthcare professional with expertise in sleep disorders.
Document Number: 2016-04882
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Consistent with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, this document provides notice that FRA is submitting the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collect information on Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation on an annual form and a quarterly form. FRA requests emergency processing and OMB authorization to collect the information on the annual form identified below five business days after publication of this Notice for a period of 180 days. FRA requests regular processing and OMB authorization to collect the information on the quarterly form identified below 90 days after publication of this Notice for a period of three years.
Document Number: 2016-04831
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is conducting a retrospective review of its locomotive train horn regulations in 49 CFR part 222. As part of its review, FRA is soliciting public comment on whether FRA should modify, streamline, or expand any requirements of FRA's locomotive train horn regulations to reduce paperwork and other economic burdens on the rail industry and States and local authorities while still maintaining the highest standards of safety. The list of topics at the end of this Notice highlights specific areas on which FRA would particularly encourage the rail industry, as well as State and local authorities to provide comment.
Document Number: 2016-04670
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-04580
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Revision 0.7, dated August 31, 2015, under a cover letter dated October 16, 2015. SEPTA requests that FRA approve its PTCSP and issue a PTC System Certification for SEPTA's Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System II (ACSES II), under 49 CFR 236.1009 and 236.1015.
Document Number: 2016-04293
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is amending its regulations to address changes in deadlines for positive train control (PTC) system implementation required by the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015. FRA is also making conforming amendments and removing portions of its PTC regulations that are no longer applicable.
Document Number: 2016-04046
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-03754
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-24
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 these information collection requests (ICRs) 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: 2016-03441
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA hereby gives notice that it is submitting the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Emergency Processing under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. FRA is republishing its February 12, 2016, Notice, see 81 FR 7628, to include two accompanying documents that were not included with that Notice. FRA requests that OMB authorize the collection of information identified below seven days after publication of this Notice for a period of 180 days.
Document Number: 2016-02892
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA hereby gives notice that it is submitting the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Emergency Processing under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. FRA requests that OMB authorize the collection of information identified below seven days after publication of this Notice for a period of 180 days.
Document Number: 2016-02776
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-02524
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-02-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In this final rule, FRA is revising and clarifying existing regulations related to the use of glazing materials in the windows of locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses. This final rule reduces 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 final rule also clarifies the application of the regulations to older 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. In addition, this final rule clarifies the definition of passenger car, updates the rule by removing certain compliance dates that are no longer necessary, and, in response to comments on the proposed rule, modifies the application of the regulations to passenger cars and cabooses in a railroad's fleet that are used only for private transportation purposes and to older locomotives used in incidental freight service.
Document Number: 2016-01969
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-01968
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-01966
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-01475
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA is seeking an extension of the following currently approved information collection. On December 28, 2015, FRA published a Notice in the Federal Register stating that FRA was submitting an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for new Form FRA F 6180.164, Positive Train Control Implementation Plan (PTCIP) Template, under the PRA Emergency Processing procedures. See 80 FR 80876. On January 6, 2016, OMB granted FRA's request for Emergency Processing approval for a period of 180 days. FRA now seeks a Regular clearance (extension of the current approval from 180 days to three years) to continue this effort to assist railroads in submitting revised PTCIPs to FRA as Congress mandated under amendments to 49 U.S.C. 20157. Before submitting the ICR requirements for OMB clearance, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the ICR, as identified below.
Document Number: 2016-00525
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2016-00491
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-13
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 ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on October 19, 2015.
Document Number: 2016-262
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice announces the establishment of FRA's emergency relief docket (ERD) for calendar year 2016. The designated ERD for calendar year 2016 is Docket Number FRA-2016-0001.
Document Number: 2016-202
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
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