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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
Document Number: 2016-201
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-32713
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-29
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: 2015-32617
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-28
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 seven days after publication of this Notice for a period of 180 days.
Document Number: 2015-32545
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule maintains the rail equipment accident/incident monetary reporting threshold at $10,500 for railroad accidents/ incidents involving property damage that occur during calendar year (CY) 2016 that FRA's accident/incident reporting regulations require to be reported to the agency. FRA is maintaining the reporting threshold at the same level it did in CY 2015, and CY 2014, because, in part, the wage and equipment data for the second-quarter of 2015 (i.e., the data used to calculate the threshold) changed only slightly (about 1 percent) from second-quarter 2014 values. In addition, FRA is maintaining the monetary threshold for CY 2016 at the CY 2015 level while it reexamines the method for calculating the monetary threshold.
Document Number: 2015-32544
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice of determination provides the FRA Administrator's minimum annual random drug and alcohol testing rates for calendar year 2016.
Document Number: 2015-32455
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-32454
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-32453
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-32452
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-32451
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-32450
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-32449
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-31048
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-10
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 (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 September 23, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-30488
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-12-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule will improve the integrity of passenger train exterior side door safety systems and promote passenger train safety overall through new safety standards for the safe operation and use of passenger train exterior side doors. This final rule will limit the number and severity of injuries involving passenger train exterior side doors and enhance the level of safety for passengers and train crewmembers.
Document Number: 2015-30469
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-12-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2015-06 to notify freight railroads of the circumstances of a head-on collision at Hoxie, AR, and the risks automated inputs that reset alerter warning timing cycles pose. A small number of Union Pacific Railroad (UP) locomotives were equipped with alerters that the horn sequencer reset without direct engineer action, reducing the alerters' effectiveness. UP has appropriately modified its locomotives to resolve the issue and FRA is not aware of any other locomotives equipped with alerters that automatically reset without direct engineer action. However, all freight railroads should review the operation of their locomotives equipped with alerters, and modify them as necessary, to ensure no system resets the alerter warning timing cycle without direct engineer action.
Document Number: 2015-30205
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-30
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 250 Sure Close gate hinges, which are manufactured in Italy. FRA believes a waiver is appropriate because, despite IDOT's best efforts to develop a domestic source for these hinges, domestically-produced gate hinges for pedestrian crossings meeting IDOT's safety specifications and schedule needs remain unavailable in the United States.
Document Number: 2015-29974
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-25
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: 2015-29892
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-24
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: 2015-29640
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-11-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this interim interpretation to clarify provisions in its locomotive engineer and conductor qualification and certification regulations with respect to vision standards and testing. In particular, this document addresses further evaluation of persons who do not meet the vision threshold criteria provided for in those regulations, and provides best practices guidance for designing valid, reliable, and comparable vision field tests for assessing whether persons who do not meet those thresholds can perform safely as locomotive engineers and conductors.
Document Number: 2015-29686
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-29641
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA has become aware of occurrences when emergency window exits on passenger cars did not operate as intended because the emergency pull handle became detached from the window gasket when pulled, the gasket tore into multiple pieces, or the gasket was otherwise difficult to remove. While investigating these occurrences, FRA discovered that some railroads were not following, or did not clearly understand, the existing Federal regulations on the inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of these window exits, particularly the requirement that a railroad must utilize a test sampling method that conforms with a formalized statistical test method. FRA does not believe any of these occurrences involved passengers or precluded passengers from opening a window in an emergency situation. However, in light of these concerns, FRA is issuing this document to provide information and guidance to railroads operating passenger train service on the existing regulatory requirements regarding ITM of emergency window exits.
Document Number: 2015-29162
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-28708
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
: FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it intends to grant Amtrak a waiver from FRA's Buy America policy for the use of eight components of Tier III high-speed rail (HSR) trainsets.
Document Number: 2015-28411
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On February 16, 2015, a derailment occurred in West Virginia due to a broken rail that resulted from an internal rail defect, specifically a vertical split head (VSH). Although rail flaw detection equipment had indicated rail flaw conditions at the location of the failure in December 2014 and January 2015, the operator of the equipment failed to carry out an on-ground examination of the defect. The operator later claimed that he believed the reading on the monitor was a false-positive due to rail head surface conditions. FRA believes that if the operator better understood the indications for various rail flaw conditions, including the rough rail surface conditions he was to look for and properly identified the rail flaw indications, the operator would have reported the defect to the track owner. Upon reporting, the track owner would have been alerted to its duty under the Track Safety Standards (49 CFR part 213) to take remedial action (either repair or replacement of the rail or reduction of the maximum authorized train speed over the rail to the specified level). Had the track owner then taken proper remedial action, that action may have prevented the broken rail and the derailment. In response, FRA is issuing this Safety Advisory No. 2015-05 to remind track owners (typically railroads), their track maintenance personnel, and their rail flaw detection equipment operators of the importance of complying with their rail management programs and engineering procedures that address rail with rail head surface conditions while performing rail flaw inspections and track inspections generally. This is particularly vital on track carrying passengers and hazardous materials due to the catastrophic consequences that may result from a derailment. This Safety Advisory also contains recommendations to track owners to ensure their rail flaw detection equipment operators are properly trained and exercise due diligence when a rail head surface condition interferes with a valid rail inspection.
Document Number: 2015-28364
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-28363
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-28362
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-28079
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-11-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that FRA will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts to the human and natural environment of the Washington Union Station Expansion Project (Project) proposed by the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) in coordination with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). The Project includes expanding and modernizing the multimodal transportation facilities at Washington Union Station, while preserving the historically significant station building. FRA is preparing this EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FRA will evaluate reasonable alternatives for the proposed Project, including a No Action (No Build) Alternative. FRA is issuing this notice to solicit public and agency input into the scope of the EIS and to advise the public that outreach activities conducted by FRA, USRC, and its representatives will be considered in the preparation of the EIS. To ensure all significant issues are identified and considered, the public is invited to comment on the scope of the EIS, including the purpose and need, alternatives to be considered, impacts to be evaluated, and methodologies to be used in the evaluation.
Document Number: 2015-27195
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-27
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 collections of information was published on August 5, 2015.
Document Number: 2015-26592
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-26409
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-19
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 (EO) Docket No. DOT-OST-2014-0067 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 originally received a six-month emergency approval from OMB on May 10, 2014. On July 10, 2015, OMB again approved the information collection activities associated with the Secretary's Emergency Order until March 31, 2016. FRA is now requesting to continue these information collection activities until the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finalizes the Oil Spill Response Proposed Rule that it is currently working on and that will codify the requirements of the Secretary's Emergency Order. The Secretary's EO remains in full force and effect until that happens. FRA also hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the additional currently approved information collection activities described below for the maximum time period (3 years). 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: 2015-26136
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifty-fourth meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The RSAC meeting topics will include opening remarks from the FRA Acting Administrator and the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer. Briefings will be provided on recent FRA-issued safety advisories, and recent Notices of Proposed Rulemakings and status reports will be provided by the Remote Control Locomotive and Risk Reduction 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: 2015-26135
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifth meeting of the Northeast Corridor Safety Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee mandated by section 212 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA). The NECSC is made up of stakeholders operating on the Northeast Corridor, and the purpose of the NECSC is to provide annual recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation. NECSC meeting topics will include a presentation on recent FRA safety advisories and emergency orders, Amtrak derailment safety lessons learned, vehicle intrusions at other-than-grade crossings, NEC Positive Train Control implementation timeline/issues and challenges, and a general discussion of safety issues.
Document Number: 2015-26001
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-26000
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-25609
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-25573
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public notice that by a document dated September 19, 2015, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Version 1.7 for approval under the Federal railroad safety regulations in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 236, Subpart I, Positive Train Control Systems. SCRRA asks FRA to approve its PTCSP and to provide PTC System Certification for SCRRA's implementation of its Interoperable-Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS). In its PTCSP, SCRRA asserts that its I-ETMS is designed as a vital overlay PTC system in compliance with the PTCSP requirements. The PTCSP describes the SCRRA I-ETMS implementation and the associated I- ETMS safety processes; safety analyses; and test, validation, and verification processes used during development of I-ETMS. The PTCSP also contains SCRRA operational and support requirements and procedures. SCCRA's PTCSP and the accompanying request for approval are available for review online at www.regulations.gov (Docket No. FRA- 2010-0048) and in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Interested parties are invited to comment on the PTCSP by submitting written comments or data. During its review of the PTCSP, FRA will consider any comments or data submitted. However, FRA may not respond to any comment and, under 49 CFR 236.1009(d)(3), FRA maintains the authority to approve or disapprove the PTCSP at its sole discretion. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing regarding these proceedings because the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA in writing before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request.
Document Number: 2015-25494
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2015-25461
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On February 27, 2015, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require certain railroads to develop a Risk Reduction Program (RRP). On September 29, 2015, the RRP Working Group of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) held a meeting to review and discuss comments received in response to both the NPRM and an August 27, 2015, public hearing on the NPRM. FRA is reopening the comment period for this proceeding to allow interested parties to submit written comments in response to views or information provided at the RRP Working Group meeting.
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