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Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-13235
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-13234
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-12797
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-12796
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-12795
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
System Safety Program
Document Number: 2017-11727
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-06-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's requirements until March 21, 2017, and extended the stay until May 22, 2017 and then to June 5, 2017. This document extends that stay until December 4, 2017.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-11139
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Requests (ICRs) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and renewed approval. The ICRs describe the information collections and their expected burden. On March 14, 2017, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Agency Request for Regular Processing of Collection of Information by the Office of Management and Budget
Document Number: 2017-11090
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, this document provides notice that FRA is submitting an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collect information on railroads' implementation of positive train control (PTC) systems on a quarterly form entitled the Quarterly PTC Progress Report Form (Form FRA F 6180.165). On June 20, 2016, following the required notice and comment period, including a public meeting with industry stakeholders, OMB approved the Quarterly PTC Progress Report Form (Form FRA F 6180.165) for a period of 12 months, expiring June 30, 2017. After OMB's initial approval, FRA made three minor modifications to Form FRA F 6180.165, as described below. FRA sought public comment on the proposed revisions during a period of 60 days, ending May 15, 2017. FRA requests regular processing and OMB authorization for 3 years to collect the information on revised Form FRA F 6180.165, as identified below, beginning 30 days after publication of this notice.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-10645
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-10644
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-10643
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
System Safety Program
Document Number: 2017-10519
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's requirements until March 21, 2017, and on March 20, 2017, FRA extended the stay to May 22, 2017. This document extends that stay until June 5, 2017.
Survey of Plant and Insular Tourist Railroads Subject to FRA Bridge Safety Standards
Document Number: 2017-10294
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to supplement a prior notice and request for comments by which FRA requested railroads serving a plant, and moving railroad equipment over bridges within the plant, or the plant itself, to advise FRA by email or telephone if there are railroad bridges within the plant potentially subject to FRA Bridge Safety Standards. FRA also requested insular tourist railroads with tracks supported by one or more bridges to advise FRA of the existence of their bridges by email or telephone. This notice provides the email address railroads should use and extends the date to submit comments in response to the prior notice.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-10247
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-10246
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-09262
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2017-08958
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifty-seventh meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) that develops recommendations on railroad safety regulations and other railroad safety issues through a consensus process. This meeting has been rescheduled from January 26, 2017, the previously announced date. The RSAC meeting topics will include opening remarks from the FRA Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer, as well as a status report from the Engineering Task Force. In addition, FRA will present to the Committee the consensus recommendations from the Hazardous Materials Working Group's retrospective review of certain portions of the Hazardous Materials Regulations, with the intent of moving for a Committee vote to approve the same. This agenda is subject to change, including the possible addition of further proposed tasks.
Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees
Document Number: 2017-08944
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-05-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document delays the implementation dates in the final rule published November 7, 2014, because model training program developers alerted FRA they will not be able to timely produce model programs that an estimated 1,459 railroads and contractors are expected to use to comply with the rule's program submission requirements.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08792
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the proposed information collection activities listed below. Before submitting these information collection requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-08683
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-08682
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-08681
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-05-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold
Document Number: 2017-08337
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Use of Locomotive Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, FRA is updating the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold (NSRT). This action is needed to ensure the public has the proper permissible risk threshold to evaluate risk resulting from prohibiting routine locomotive horn sounding at highway-rail grade crossings located in quiet zones. This is the seventh update to the NSRT and it is increasing from 14,347 to 14,723.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request: Cab Technology Integration Lab (CTIL) Head-up Display Survey
Document Number: 2017-08159
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the new Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On November 2, 2016, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-08104
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces FRA is forwarding for renewal the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On December 21, 2016, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-07799
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the proposed information collection activity below. Before submitting this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Implementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act for a Violation of a Federal Railroad Safety Law, Federal Railroad Administration Safety Regulation or Order, or the Hazardous Material Transportation Laws or Regulations, Orders, Special Permits, and Approvals Issued Under Those Laws
Document Number: 2017-07467
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 1, 2016, FRA published two interim final rules to comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. FRA received no comments in response to the interim final rules. This document confirms the July 1, 2016, interim final rules will not be changed and the effective date is August 1, 2016.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-07219
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the information collection activity listed below. Before submitting this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activity identified in this notice.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-07019
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-07018
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-07017
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-07016
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-07015
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-07014
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-07013
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-07012
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Implementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act for a Violation of a Federal Railroad Safety Law, Federal Railroad Administration Safety Regulation or Order, or the Hazardous Material Transportation Laws or Regulations, Orders, Special Permits, and Approvals Issued Under Those Laws
Document Number: 2017-06220
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-04-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
To comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, FRA is adjusting the minimum, maximum, and aggravated maximum penalties it will apply when assessing a civil penalty for a violation of a railroad safety statute, regulation, or order under its authority. FRA is also adjusting the minimum penalty, ordinary maximum penalty, and aggravated maximum penalty that it will apply when assessing a civil monetary penalty for a knowing violation of the Federal hazardous material transportation laws or a regulation, special permit, order, or approval issued under those laws. The aggravated maximum penalty under the hazardous material transportation laws is available only for a violation that results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-06046
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA is seeking to conduct the information collection activities listed below. Before submitting this information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activity identified below.
Northeast Corridor Safety Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2017-05871
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the eighth meeting of the NECSC, a Federal Advisory Committee mandated by section 212 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) and amended by section 11305 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act). 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. The NECSC meeting agenda will include presentations on: Implementation of Positive Train Control; the state of moveable bridges; New York City tunnel system inspection and maintenance; an update to the ongoing study of maintenance-of-way worker fatigue; state of the NEC catenary; condition of railroad tracks adjacent to the NEC; security along the NEC; and a general discussion of safety issues. This agenda is subject to change.
System Safety Program
Document Number: 2017-05509
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-03-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. On February 10, 2017, FRA stayed the SSP final rule's requirements until March 21, 2017. This document extends that stay until May 22, 2017.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-05054
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA is informing the public that FRA has made three proposed revisions to the Quarterly Positive Train Control (PTC) Progress Report Form (Form FRA F 6180.165), which the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) previously approved on June 20, 2016, under its regular processing procedures. Before submitting this revised quarterly information collection request to OMB for regular clearance and approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the proposed information collection identified below.
Approved Agency Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2017-05053
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces OMB approved new information collection requests (ICRs) for 49 CFR parts 223, 228, 232, 234, 237, 238, and 270, under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). FRA also announces OMB re-approved other ICRs for 49 CFR parts 207, 209, 210, 212, 214, 215, 216, 218, 219, 221, 222, 223, 225, 227, 228, 229, 230, 232, 233, 235, 236, 238, 241, and 242, and related to other regulatory activities. Further, OMB reinstated two ICRs for 49 CFR parts 215 and 234, and approved one ICR under Emergency Processing procedures.
Proposed Renewal of Agency Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2017-05052
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the renewal and reinstatement of the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, comment, and approval. The ICR describes the information collections and the expected burden. On December 6, 2016, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-05048
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the proposed information collection activities listed below. Before submitting these information collection requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-05047
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the currently approved Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden.
Proposed Renewal of Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-05046
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of proposed information collection activities. Before submitting these information collection requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities, which are identified below.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-04235
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-03-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the proposed Information Collection Requests (ICRs) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe the information collections and their expected burden. On October 26, 2016, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Passenger Equipment Safety Standards; Standards for Alternative Compliance and High-Speed Trainsets
Document Number: 2017-02877
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On December 6, 2016, FRA published an NPRM proposing to amend its regulations on passenger equipment safety standards. By this document, FRA is reopening the NPRM's comment period, which closed February 6, 2017.
System Safety Program
Document Number: 2017-02876
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 12, 2016, FRA published a final rule requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. See 81 FR 53850. In this document we are issuing a stay of those requirements until March 21, 2017.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-01504
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation