Federal Railroad Administration – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Share |
Results 1 - 50 of 1,572
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.
Document Number: 2015-09614
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this Emergency Order (E.O. or Order) to require that trains transporting large amounts of Class 3 flammable liquid through certain highly populated areas adhere to a maximum authorized operating speed limit. FRA has determined that public safety compels issuance of this Order. This Order is necessary due to the recent occurrence of railroad accidents involving trains transporting petroleum crude oil and ethanol and the increasing reliance on railroads to transport voluminous amounts of those hazardous materials in recent years. Under the E.O., an affected train is one that contains: (1) 20 or more loaded tank cars in a continuous block, or 35 or more loaded tank cars, of Class 3 flammable liquid; and, (2) at least one DOT Specification 111 (DOT- 111) tank car (including those built in accordance with Association of American Railroads (AAR) Casualty Prevention Circular 1232 (CPC-1232)) loaded with a Class 3 flammable liquid. Affected trains must not exceed 40 miles per hour (mph) in high-threat urban areas (HTUAs) as defined in 49 CFR 1580.3.
Document Number: 2015-09612
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Recent derailments have occurred involving trains transporting large quantities of petroleum crude oil and ethanol. Preliminary investigation of one of these recent derailments involving a crude oil train indicates that a mechanical defect involving a broken tank car wheel may have caused or contributed to the incident. FRA is issuing this Safety Advisory to make recommendations to enhance the mechanical safety of the cars in trains transporting large quantities of flammable liquids. This Safety Advisory recommends that railroads use highly qualified individuals to conduct the brake and mechanical inspections and recommends a reduction to the impact threshold levels the industry currently uses for wayside detectors that measure wheel impacts to ensure the wheel integrity of tank cars in those trains.
Document Number: 2015-09546
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-09486
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Consistent with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, this document provides notice of FRA's intent to modify the existing instructions applicable to one currently approved information collection reporting form (Form FRA F 6180.54, Rail Equipment Accident/Incident Report). For a projected five-year period, FRA seeks to gather additional data on Form FRA F 6180.54 concerning rail cars carrying petroleum crude oil (crude oil) in any train involved in an FRA reportable accident. At present, railroads do not report this specific information to FRA on Form FRA F 6180.54, but rather aggregate crude oil information with information about all other hazardous materials being transported. This new reporting requirement will help FRA capture more specific information on accidents that involve trains transporting crude oil and provide FRA an opportunity to better address risks to railroad safety and the general public.
Document Number: 2015-09545
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-09437
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
FRA and PHMSA are issuing this notice to remind railroads operating a ``high hazard flammable train'' (HHFT)defined as a train comprised of 20 or more loaded tank cars of a Class 3 flammable liquid in a continuous block, or a train with 35 or more loaded tank cars of a Class 3 flammable liquid across the entire trainas well as the offerors of Class 3 flammable liquids transported on such trains, that certain information may be required by PHMSA and/or FRA personnel during the course of an investigation immediately following an accident.
Document Number: 2015-08931
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-20
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 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 collections of information was published on February 9, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-08938
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On April 3, 2015 (80 FR 18292), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) provided notice of a public hearing to receive views, data, and comments regarding BNSF Railway's (BNSF) petition for modification and extension of its waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained in title 49 Code of Federal Regulations part 232, Brake System Safety Standards for Freight and Other Non-Passenger Trains and Equipment, in Docket Number FRA-2006-24812. The notice contained an incorrect date of the public hearing.
Document Number: 2015-08937
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-08786
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it intends to grant the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on behalf of its commuter railroad subsidiaries, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company (Metro-North), a waiver from FRA's Buy America requirement for the use of (a) transponders and (b) Temporary Speed Restriction (TSR) safety servers, which are made in Sweden. Transponders and TSR safety servers are two components of LIRR's and Metro-North's Positive Train Control system (PTC). The two non-domestic components represent approximately 1% of the $428 million total value of the contracts Metro-North and LIRR entered into with a system integrator to design and furnish PTC (PTC Contracts). The TSR safety servers cost less than $1 million and the transponders approximately $4 million. FRA anticipates funding the PTC Contracts, and other PTC-related projects, under a $967.1 million FRA Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing loan.
Document Number: 2015-07656
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-07618
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-07617
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-04-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-07185
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-30
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 March 13, 2015, FRA issued its ``Railworthiness Directive Under 49 CFR 180.509 for Railroad Tank Cars Equipped With Certain McKenzie Valve & Machining LLC Valves'' and published this Directive in the Federal Register on March 18, 2015. See 80 FR 14027. Also, on March 18, 2015, FRA published a Notice in the Federal Register requesting immediate Emergency Clearance Processing from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection associated with its Railworthiness Directive Notice No. 1. See 80 FR 14238. On March 19, 2015, OMB granted FRA's request for Emergency Clearance for its Railworthiness Directive Notice No. 1. The information collection activities associated with FRA's Railworthiness Directive Notice No. 1 received a six-month approval. FRA now seeks a regular clearance (extension of the current approval for three years) while tank car owners possessing the thousands of tank cars utilizing these problematic unapproved valves have them removed and replaced with approved valves. FRA has issued this Railworthiness Directive (Directive) to all owners of tank cars used to transport hazardous materials within the United States to ensure they identify and appropriately remove and replace these valves with approved valves consistent with Federal regulations. 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: 2015-07102
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-07100
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-07099
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-07098
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-06542
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice of funding availability (NOFA or Notice) details the grant application requirements and submission procedures for obtaining up to $27.8 million in Federal funding, as authorized by sections 1101(a)(18) and 1307 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59 (August 10, 2005)), as amended by section 102 of the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008, Public Law 110-244 (June 6, 2008), for existing magnetic levitation (maglev) projects located east of the Mississippi River. Pursuant to the Joint Committee statement accompanying the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act, three projects are eligible for funding under this Notice: The ``Pittsburgh project'', the ``Baltimore-Washington project'', and the ``Atlanta- Chattanooga project''. FRA previously announced the availability of funds for maglev projects located east of the Mississippi River pursuant to a NOFA issued on October 16, 2008, but one of the selected applicants has decided not to pursue the project for which the funds were allocated resulting in the availability of the funds for this Notice. Funds awarded under this Notice can be used for preconstruction planning activities and capital costs of a viable maglev project.
Document Number: 2015-06254
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-06214
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-18
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 and its implementing regulations. FRA requests that OMB immediately authorize the collection of information identified below on March 18, 2015, for a period of 180 days.
Document Number: 2015-06213
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-03-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Recent FRA investigations identified several railroad tank cars transporting hazardous materials and leaking small quantities of product from the cars' liquid lines. FRA's investigation revealed that the liquid lines of the leaking tank cars were equipped with a certain type of 3 ball valve marketed and sold by McKenzie Valve and Machining (McKenzie) (formerly McKenzie Valve & Machining Company), an affiliate company of Union Tank Car Company (UTLX). FRA further found certain closure plugs installed on the 3 valves cause mechanical damage to the valves, which leads to the destruction of the valves' seal integrity and that the 3 valves, as well as similarly-designed 1 and 2 valves provided by this manufacturer are not approved for use on tank cars. FRA is issuing this Railworthiness Directive (Directive) to all owners of tank cars used to transport hazardous materials within the United States to ensure they identify and appropriately remove and replace these valves with approved valves consistent with Federal regulations.
Document Number: 2015-05753
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-05752
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-05751
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public notice that FRA has created an electronic mailbox to receive petitions for waivers and exemptions from railroad safety rules and regulations, as well as applications for modification or discontinuance of railroad signal systems (block signal applications) and certain special approvals from railroad safety rules and regulations. The email address for this inbox is FRAWaivers@dot.gov. FRA requests that all railroad safety waiver and exemption requests, as well as block signal applications and special approval applications be submitted either to FRA's Docket Clerk in accordance with the existing requirements in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 211, Rules of Practice, or to this email address.
Document Number: 2015-05750
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-04351
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-03-03
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 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: 2015-03268
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-02-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires the development and implementation of railroad safety risk reduction programs. This NPRM proposes to implement this mandate by requiring each Class I railroad and each railroad with inadequate safety performance to develop and implement a Risk Reduction Program (RRP) to improve the safety of their operations. RRP is a comprehensive, system- oriented approach to safety that determines an operation's level of risk by identifying and analyzing applicable hazards and involves developing plans to mitigate, if not eliminate, that risk. Each RRP would be statutorily required to include a risk analysis and a technology implementation plan. An RRP would be implemented by a written RRP plan that has been submitted to FRA for review and approval. A railroad would be required to conduct an annual internal assessment of its RRP, and a railroad's RRP processes and procedures would be externally audited by FRA.
Document Number: 2015-03787
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-03786
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-03783
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-03782
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-03768
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-03767
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-03763
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-03762
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-02996
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it intends to grant the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) a waiver from FRA's Buy America requirement for the use of 350 Sure Close gate hinges, which are manufactured in Italy. Self-closing, force adjustable gate hinges are one component of the larger construction project to install pedestrian swing gates in connection with the Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail (HSR) corridor project. The Chicago- St. Louis HSR project is funded by a $1.33 billion grant from FRA. The value of the 350 hinges is approximately $110,000.
Document Number: 2015-02528
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-09
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: 2015-02162
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-02161
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-02160
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Next