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Document Number: 2014-19849
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA's final rule primarily amends the regulations implementing a requirement of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that certain passenger and freight railroads install positive train control (PTC) systems governing operations on certain main line tracks. This final rule revises an existing regulatory exception to the requirement to install a PTC system for track segments carrying freight only that present a de minimis safety risk. The final rule also adds a new exception for PTC-unequipped freight trains associated with certain freight yard operations to operate within PTC systems. The final rule also revises the existing regulations related to en route failures of a PTC system, adds new provisions related to other failures of a PTC system, and amends the regulations on applications for approval of certain modifications of signal and train control systems. Finally, this final rule makes technical amendments to FRA's other signal and train control regulations and FRA's regulations governing highway-rail grade crossing warning systems.
Document Number: 2014-18908
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-18907
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-18499
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-05
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 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: 2014-18425
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-18216
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-18213
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-18212
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-18211
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-17195
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to Congress' mandate in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), FRA is proposing to expand the scope of its alcohol and drug regulations to cover employees who perform maintenance-of-way (MOW) activities. In addition, FRA is proposing certain substantive amendments that either respond to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations or update and clarify the alcohol and drug regulations based on a retrospective regulatory review (RRR) analysis.
Document Number: 2014-17385
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise other Federal, state, and local agencies and the public that FRA and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) are amending the existing 2007 Notice of Intent for the Palmdale to Los Angeles Section and will jointly prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Palmdale to Burbank Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). FRA is publishing this notice to solicit additional public and agency input into the development of the scope of the EIS and to advise the public that outreach activities conducted by the FRA and the Authority and their representatives will be considered in the preparation of the EIR/EIS. Federal cooperating agencies for the EIS are the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In March 2007, FRA and the Authority respectively issued a Notice of Preparation and a Notice of Intent for the preparation of an EIR/EIS for the Palmdale to Los Angeles Section of the Authority's proposed California HSR System. Because the Palmdale to Los Angeles Section of the HSR System will be implemented in two parts consistent with Authority's Business Plan that prioritizes an Initial Operating Section (IOS) with a southern temporary terminus in the San Fernando Valley, the FRA and Authority have determined that there are two sections of the HSR System between Palmdale and Los Angeles and they will be better evaluated in two separate EIR/EISs: Palmdale to Burbank and Burbank to Los Angeles. Each of these sections has logical termini and independent utility, as discussed further below. This notice provides information regarding the Project EIR/EIS for the Palmdale to Burbank Section of the California HSR System (proposed action). The Burbank to Los Angeles Section of the California HSR System is the subject of a separate Notice of Intent, which is being published concurrently with this notice. The preparation of the Palmdale to Burbank Section EIR/EIS will involve a robust public outreach process; the development of preliminary engineering designs; and the assessment of potential environmental effects associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the HSR System.
Document Number: 2014-17384
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise other Federal, state, and local agencies and the public that FRA and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) are amending the existing 2007 Notice of Intent for the Palmdale to Los Angeles Section and will jointly prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Burbank to Los Angeles Section of the California High- Speed Rail (HSR) System in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). FRA is publishing this notice to solicit additional public and agency input into the development of the scope of the EIS and to advise the public that outreach activities conducted by the FRA and the Authority and their representatives will be considered in the preparation of the EIR/EIS. Federal cooperating agencies for the EIS are the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In March 2007, FRA and the Authority respectively issued a Notice of Preparation and a Notice of Intent for the preparation of an EIR/EIS for the Palmdale to Los Angeles Section of the Authority's proposed California HSR System. Because the Palmdale to Los Angeles Section of the HSR System will be implemented in two parts consistent with Authority's Business Plan that prioritizes an Initial Operating Section (IOS) with a southern temporary terminus in the San Fernando Valley, the FRA and Authority have determined that there are two sections of the HSR System between Palmdale and Los Angeles and they will be better evaluated in two separate EIR/EISs: Palmdale to Burbank and Burbank to Los Angeles. Each of these sections has logical termini and independent utility, as discussed further below. This notice provides information regarding the Project EIR/EIS for the Burbank to Los Angeles Section of the California HSR System (proposed action). The Palmdale to Burbank Section of the California HSR System is the subject of a separate Notice of Intent, which is being published concurrently with this notice. The preparation of the Burbank to Los Angeles Section EIR/EIS will involve a robust public outreach process; the development of preliminary engineering designs; and the assessment of potential environmental effects associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the HSR System.
Document Number: 2014-16984
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-21
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 May 7, 2014 (79 FR 26299).
Document Number: 2014-16354
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-14
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 burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on April 21, 2014 (79 FR 22178).
Document Number: 2014-16172
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures for obtaining funding for eligible intercity passenger rail grade crossing improvement projects, positive train control implementation projects, and Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan projects. The opportunities described in this notice are available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.314, ``Railroad Development.''
Document Number: 2014-15336
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this final rule as part of a paperwork reduction initiative. The final rule eliminates the regulatory requirement that each railroad carrier file a signal system status report with FRA every five years. FRA believes the report is no longer necessary because FRA receives more updated information regarding railroad signal systems through alternative sources. Separately, FRA is amending the criminal penalty provision in the Signal Systems Reporting Requirements by updating two outdated statutory citations.
Document Number: 2014-15232
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-15231
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-15174
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-30
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 May 7, 2014, the Secretary of Transportation issued Emergency Order Docket No. DOT- OST-2014-0067 (EO), requiring affected railroad carriers to provide certain information to the State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) for each State in which their trains carrying 1 million gallons or more of Bakken crude oil travel. The information collection activities associated with the Secretary's Emergency Order received a six-month emergency approval from OMB on May 10, 2014. FRA seeks a regular clearance (extension of the current approval for three years) while it is determining the proper course of action to take after a recent series of train accidents involving the transportation petroleum crude oil, a hazardous material the transportation of which is regulated by the Department of Transportation. 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: 2014-14827
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-14826
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-14771
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that FRA and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) intend to prepare an EIS pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for the impacts of constructing and operating a dedicated high-speed rail (HSR) system (Proposed Action) proposed by the private company, Texas Central High-Speed Railway (TCR), for the Central Texas High-Speed Rail Corridor. The EIS will evaluate route alternatives for passenger rail for the corridor between Dallas and Houston, which currently has no passenger rail service. FRA will evaluate alternatives for construction and operation of the Proposed Action consisting of a sealed HSR corridor.
Document Number: 2014-14526
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-14525
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-13318
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an EIS for the B&P Tunnel Project (Project) is being prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The Project is intended to address transportation deficiencies associated with the existing rail tunnel and is located on the NEC in the area of Baltimore that surrounds the existing B&P Tunnel. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of alternatives that address transportation deficiencies. To ensure significant issues are identified and considered, the public and all interested parties are invited to comment on the proposed scope of environmental review, the project purpose and need, alternatives to be considered, environmental effects to be considered and evaluated, and methodologies to be used for evaluating effects.
Document Number: 2014-12827
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-03
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 March 21, 2014 (79 FR 15795).
Document Number: 2014-12625
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-12624
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-12623
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-12622
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-12621
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-12620
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-06-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-11412
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-19
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 March 4, 2014 (79 FR 12263).
Document Number: 2014-11349
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-11348
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-11345
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-16
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, 2014, and will expire after 2 years.
Document Number: 2014-10991
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
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 on May 13, 2014, for a period of 180 days.
Document Number: 2014-10914
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
This safety advisory provides notice to all persons who offer for transportation, or transport, in tank cars by rail in commerce to, from or within the United States, a bulk quantity of UN 1267, petroleum crude oil, Class 3, that originates in or is sourced from the Bakken formation in the Williston Basin (Bakken crude oil). The purpose of this advisory is to encourage offerors and rail carriers to take additional precautionary measures to enhance the safe shipment of bulk quantities of Bakken crude oil by rail throughout the United States. Specifically, in light of recent accidents involving the shipment of Bakken crude oil by rail, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) urge offerors and carriers of Bakken crude oil by rail tank car to select and use the railroad tank car designs with the highest level of integrity reasonably available within their fleet for shipment of these hazardous materials by rail in interstate commerce. Further, FRA and PHMSA advise offerors and carriers of Bakken crude oil to avoid the use of older, legacy DOT Specification 111 or CTC 111 tank cars for the shipment of such oil to the extent reasonably practicable.
Document Number: 2014-10483
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-05-07
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: 2014-09794
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-09793
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-09792
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-09791
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-09790
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-09789
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-09685
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-29
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 February 3, 2014 (79 FR 6268).
Document Number: 2014-09585
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is providing this notice to advise the public that FRA is issuing a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Section 4(f) Evaluation for the California High-Speed Train (HST) System Fresno to Bakersfield Section (Project). FRA is also making a Draft General Conformity Determination for the Project available for public review and comment. FRA is the lead Federal agency and the California High Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is the lead state agency for the environmental review process. The agencies have prepared the Final EIS consistent with federal law and also to serve as an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and CEQA Guidelines. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Surface Transportation Board (STB) served as Cooperating Agencies for the preparation of this Final EIS.
Document Number: 2014-09086
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-22
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 February 12, 2014 (79 FR 29).
Document Number: 2014-08949
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-21
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: 2014-08931
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation