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Document Number: 2015-21721
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-21044
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this safety advisory to emphasize the importance of timely repairing ballast defects and conditions on main tracks. FRA notes that ballast defects and ballast conditions that are not repaired in a timely manner can lead to future defects. FRA believes it is important for track inspectors to be aware that ballast defects and conditions can cause track components to deteriorate rapidly and compromise the stability of the track structure, and that inspectors are trained to identify and repair ballast defects and conditions. This safety advisory recommends that track owners and railroads: (1) Assess current engineering instructions on ballast safety and update them to provide specific guidance to track inspectors (designated personnel that are qualified to inspect and repair track) on how to identify and initiate remedial action under 49 CFR 213.233(d) for ballast defects and conditions, as well as on the appropriate remedial action to implement, particularly in areas with one or more additional track conditions; (2) train track inspectors on the updated engineering instructions and this safety advisory to ensure they understand how to identify and initiate remedial action for ballast defects and conditions in a timely manner, and understand the importance of such remedial action in preventing the development of unsafe combinations of track conditions; and (3) ensure that supervisors provide adequate oversight of track inspectors to achieve identification and remediation of ballast defects and other track conditions.
Document Number: 2015-20663
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-08-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This rulemaking is part of FRA's broader initiative to reduce the paperwork burden of its regulations. To support compliance with the Federal hours of service laws, Federal regulations have long required railroads to create and retain records regarding the hours of service of their employees who are covered by those laws (covered service employees). In general, the current regulations require covered service employees whose hours are recorded to sign the record by hand (the traditional, manual system) or ``certify'' the record using a complex computerized system (an electronic system). FRA proposes to amend these regulations to provide a third, simplified method of compliance, for certain entities. FRA proposes to allow railroads with less than 400,000 employee hours per year, and contractors and subcontractors providing covered service employees to such railroads to use an automated system, in which employees apply their electronic signatures to the automated records, which are stored in a railroad computer system. The proposed rule would not require the use of electronic or automated recordkeeping, would be better tailored to small operations, and is expected, if adopted, to decrease the burden hours spent on hours of service recordkeeping.
Document Number: 2015-19751
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the modified Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below 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 collection of information was published on April 24, 2015 (80 FR 23069).
Document Number: 2015-19002
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-08-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA amends 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 codifies 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 amends 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), Division 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 provides additional communication requirements relating to job briefings and securement verification. Finally, FRA requires all locomotives left unattended outside of a yard to be equipped with an operative exterior locking mechanism. Attendance on trains is required on equipment not capable of being secured in accordance with the proposed and existing requirements.
Document Number: 2015-19213
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-05
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 for the following currently approved information collection activities. On July 24, 2015, FRA received Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for its Emergency Processing request for the collection of information titled Positive Train Control (PTC) Implementation Status Update Questionnaire. The information collection activities associated with the PTC Questionnaire received a six-month emergency approval from OMB and expires on January 31, 2016. FRA seeks a regular clearance (extension of the current approval for three additional years) so that its personnel can continue to monitor affected railroads implementation of Positive Train Control on their mainline systems beyond the statutory and regulatory deadline of December 31, 2015. Additionally, FRA needs to continue to collect this information for compliance purposes and to help inform grant decisions by its Office of Railroad Policy and Development. 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: 2015-19086
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-18744
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-18743
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public notice that by a document dated November 21, 2014, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations.
Document Number: 2015-18742
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public notice that by a document dated May 14, 2015, the Pacific Railroad Preservation Association (PRPA) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations.
Document Number: 2015-18396
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-07-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On February 27, 2015, FRA published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require certain railroads to develop a Risk Reduction Program (RRP). FRA is announcing a public hearing to provide interested persons an opportunity to provide oral comments on the proposal. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires the development and implementation of railroad safety risk reduction programs. Risk reduction is a comprehensive, system-oriented approach to safety that: (1) Determines an operation's level of risk by identifying and analyzing applicable hazards; and (2) involves the development of plans to mitigate that risk. Each RRP is statutorily required to be supported by a risk analysis and a Risk Reduction Program Plan (RRPP), which must include a Technology Implementation Plan and a Fatigue Management Plan. FRA is also reopening the comment period for this proceeding to allow time for interested parties to submit comments after the public hearing.
Document Number: 2015-17827
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-17689
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
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 by July 24, 2015, for a period of 180 days.
Document Number: 2015-17341
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-16945
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-16944
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-16607
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-07
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: 2015-16531
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces that FRA will begin reporting post- accident toxicological test results for tramadol to the employee and the railroad Medical Review Officers. FRA will also begin including post-accident toxicological test results for tramadol in its post- accident toxicology reports. Because tramadol was not a controlled substance when FRA began testing for it, FRA has kept post-accident toxicological test results for tramadol confidential.
Document Number: 2015-16064
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it intends to grant the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), a waiver from FRA's Buy America requirement under 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(2)(B) for the purchase of one No. 20 RH 136RE Turnout, one No. 20 LH 136RE Turnout, and one No. 20 LH Crossover 136RE (Turnouts and Crossover) manufactured by VAE Nortrak North America, Inc. at its plant in Birmingham, Alabama, for use in the Kingston Track Capacity and Platform Improvements Project (Kingston Project). Nortrak will manufacture the Turnouts and Crossover at its plant in Birmingham, Alabama. The Turnouts and Crossover will contain four components (ZU1-60 steel left and right switch point rail sections and Schwihag roller assemblies and plates) not produced in the U.S. The roller assemblies and plates are manufactured in Switzerland, and the ZUl-60 steel switch point rail sections are manufactured in Austria. The total amount of foreign material under this waiver request amounts to approximately $126,000. The foreign material comprises approximately 8 percent of the Turnouts' $350,000 cost or approximately $56,000 and 10 percent of the Crossover's $700,000 cost or approximately $70,000. FRA believes a waiver is appropriate under 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(2)(B) for the ZUI-60 steel switch point rail sections and roller assemblies and plates because domestically-produced components meeting the specific needs of RIDOT and Amtrak are not currently produced in the U.S.
Document Number: 2015-15214
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-22
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: 2015-14896
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-14887
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it intends to grant the City of Sacramento, California, Department of Public Works (Sacramento), a waiver from FRA's Buy America requirement under 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(2)(B) for the purchase of a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system for use in the Sacramento Valley Station Phase II intermodal project. The $30 million project is partially funded with a $15 million 2012 Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery grant. The cost of the non-domestic material in the VRF system is approximately $202,500. FRA believes a waiver is appropriate under 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(2)(B) for the VRF system because VRF systems are not currently produced in the U.S.
Document Number: 2015-14859
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-14858
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-14854
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-14632
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-14394
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2015-03 to stress to passenger railroads and railroads that host passenger service and their employees the importance of compliance with Federal regulations and applicable railroad rules governing applicable passenger train speed limits. This safety advisory makes recommendations to these railroads to ensure that compliance with applicable passenger train speed limits is addressed by appropriate railroad operating policies and procedures and signal systems.
Document Number: 2015-14161
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-10
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 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 collections of information was published on March 30, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-13848
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-13642
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-13640
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-13639
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-13638
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-13317
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is issuing this NOI to advise the public that the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission intend to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) to evaluate the impacts of construction and operation of the Port Bienville Railroad Project (Project). The EIS will evaluate route alternatives for freight rail service from the Port Bienville Short Line Railroad in Hancock County, Mississippi to Nicholson in Pearl River County, Mississippi.
Document Number: 2015-12776
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-28
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 by May 26, 2015, for a period of 180 days.
Document Number: 2015-12775
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-05-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The purpose of this document is to update the current schedule of civil penalties for violations of FRA's grade crossing safety regulations by adding recommended civil penalty amounts for violations of specific requirements contained in a recently added subpart. That subpart prescribes requirements that certain railroads establish emergency notification systems (ENS) for receiving toll-free telephone calls reporting various unsafe conditions at highway-rail grade crossings and pathway grade crossings, and for taking certain actions in response to those calls.
Document Number: 2015-12774
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this emergency order (EO or Order) to require that the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) take actions to control passenger train speed at certain locations on main line track in the Northeast Corridor (as described by 49 U.S.C. 24905(c)(1)(A)). Amtrak must immediately implement code changes to its Automatic Train Control (ATC) System to enforce the passenger train speed limit ahead of the curve at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where a fatal accident occurred on May 12, 2015. Amtrak must also identify each main track curve on the Northeast Corridor where there is a significant reduction (more than 20 miles per hour (mph)) from the maximum authorized approach speed to those curves for passenger trains. Amtrak must then develop and comply with an FRA- approved action plan to modify its existing ATC System or other signal systems (or take alternative operational actions) to enable enforcement of passenger train speed limits at the identified curves. Amtrak must also install additional wayside passenger train speed limit signage at appropriate locations on its Northeast Corridor right-of-way.
Document Number: 2015-12584
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-26
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 request (ICR) 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: 2015-12580
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-26
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 April 23, 2015, FRA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) jointly published in the Federal Register a Safety Advisory titled Hazardous Materials: Information Requirements Related to the Transportation of Trains Carrying Specified Volumes of Flammable Liquids (FRA Safety Advisory 2015-02; Docket No. PHMSA-2015-0118, Notice 15-11). See 80 FR 22778. The information collection activities associated with the Joint Safety Advisory received a six-month emergency approval from OMB on April 30, 2015. FRA seeks a regular clearance (extension of the current approval for three years) so that its personnel and PHMSA personnel can continue to collect certain information that is essential during the course of an investigation immediately following a train accident. 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: 2015-12579
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-26
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 April 27, 2015, FRA published in the Federal Register its Safety Advisory titled Mechanical Inspections and Wheel Impact Load Detector Standards for Trains Transporting Large Amounts of Class 3 Flammable Liquids (FRA Safety Advisory 2015-01). See 80 FR 23318. The information collection activities associated with FRA Safety Advisory 2015-01 received a six- month emergency approval from OMB on April 30, 2015. FRA seeks a regular clearance (extension of the current approval for three years) to continue this effort to enhance the mechanical safety of tank cars in high hazard flammable trains transporting large quantities of Class 3 flammable liquids. 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: 2015-12578
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-26
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 April 27, 2015, FRA published in the Federal Register its Emergency Order No. 30 titled Emergency Order Establishing a Maximum Operating Speed of 40 mph in High-Threat Urban Areas for Certain Trains Transporting Large Quantities of Class 3 Flammable Liquids. See 80 FR 23321. The information collection activities associated with the Joint Safety Advisory received a six-month emergency approval from OMB on April 30, 2015. FRA seeks a regular clearance (extension of the current approval for one year) so that it can continue to receive and evaluate special petitions of approval from railroads requesting relief from this Emergency Order. In these petition requests, railroads must state their proposed alternative action that will provide at least an equivalent level of safety to that provided by this Emergency Order. 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: 2015-12332
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it intends to grant the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a waiver from FRA's Buy America requirement under 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(2)(B) for the purchase of seven (7) turnouts manufactured by VAE Nortrak North America, Inc. at its plant in Birmingham, Alabama, for use in the LIRR North East Corridor Congestion Relief Project at Harold Interlocking. The turnouts will contain four components (ZU1-60 steel left and right switch point rail sections and Schwihag roller assemblies and plates) not produced in the U.S. The roller assemblies and plates are manufactured in Switzerland, and the ZUl-60 steel switch point rail sections are manufactured in Austria. The foreign material comprises approximately 11.9 percent of the turnouts' $3.1 million cost or approximately $367,000. FRA believes a waiver is appropriate under 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(2)(B) for the ZUI-60 steel switch point rail sections and roller assemblies and plates because domestically-produced components meeting the specific needs of LIRR are not currently ``produced in sufficient and reasonably available amount or are not of a satisfactory quality.''
Document Number: 2015-11447
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-11446
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-11445
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-11391
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Requests (ICRs) abstracted below are being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describes the nature of the information collections and their expected burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on March 3, 2015 (80 FR 11518).
Document Number: 2015-11269
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-05-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifty-third meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety recommendations through a consensus process. The RSAC meeting topics will include opening remarks from the FRA Acting Administrator, the FRA Associate Administrator for Safety/Chief Safety Officer, and status reports by the Recording Devices and Rail Integrity Working Groups. The Engineering Task Force also will provide a status report and there will be presentations on grade crossing issues, as well as the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's Final Rule on Enhanced Tank Car Standards and Operational Controls for High-Hazard Flammable Trains. This agenda is subject to change, including the possible addition of further proposed tasks.
Document Number: 2015-09704
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-27
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 immediately upon publication of this Notice for a period of 180 days.
Document Number: 2015-09703
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-27
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 immediately upon publication of this Notice for a period of 180 days.
Document Number: 2015-09702
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-27
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 immediately upon publication of this Notice for a period of 180 days.
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