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Document Number: 2014-08931
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-04-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-07787
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-07786
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-06998
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is amending its existing regulation entitled Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness by revising or clarifying various provisions. The final rule clarifies that railroad personnel who communicate or coordinate with first responders during emergency situations must receive certain initial and periodic training and be subject to operational tests and inspections related to the railroad's emergency preparedness plan. The final rule also clarifies that railroads must develop procedures in their emergency preparedness plans that specifically address the safety of passengers with disabilities during actual and simulated emergency situations, such as during train evacuations. The rule also limits the need for FRA to formally approve certain purely administrative changes to approved emergency preparedness plans. In addition, the final rule requires that operational tests and inspections be conducted in accordance with a program that meets certain minimum requirements. Finally, the rule removes as unnecessary the provision discussing the preemptive effect of the regulations.
Document Number: 2014-06847
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-06846
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-06845
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-06482
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-03-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to improve the integrity of passenger train exterior side door safety systems and promote passenger train safety overall through new safety standards relating to the safe operation and use of passenger train exterior side doors. This proposed rule is intended to 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: 2014-06481
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA issues this final rule in accordance with a statutory mandate that the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) require certain major railroads to develop, and submit to the Secretary for approval, critical incident stress plans that provide for appropriate support services to be offered to their employees who are affected by a ``critical incident'' as defined by the Secretary. The final rule contains a definition of the term ``critical incident,'' the elements appropriate for the rail environment to be included in a railroad's critical incident stress plan, the type of employees to be covered by the plan, a requirement that a covered railroad submit its plan to FRA for approval, and a requirement that a railroad adopt and comply with its FRA-approved plan.
Document Number: 2014-06159
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-21
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 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: 2014-04665
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-04
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: 2014-04664
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-04
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 collection of information was published on December 23, 2013 (78 FR 77550).
Document Number: 2014-03851
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been 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 December 23, 2013 (78 FR 246).
Document Number: 2014-03579
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifty-first 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 Administrator, and status reports will be provided by the Train Crew Size, Securement, Hazardous Material Issues, Fatigue Management, and Risk Reduction Working Groups. Status reports 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: 2014-03473
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-03472
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-03325
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA issues this Notice of Intent (Notice) to advise the public that FRA and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will jointly prepare a Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Chicago to Joliet High-Speed Rail (HSR) Project (Project). The EIS will evaluate environmental and related impacts of upgrading the rail system and associated infrastructure between the Chicago, IL Union Station and the Joliet, IL Union Station to implement high-speed passenger rail service, increase rail capacity, and improve reliability for identified incremental service additions. FRA issues this Notice to solicit public and agency input into the development of the scope of the EIS and to advise the public that outreach activities conducted by FRA and IDOT will be considered in the preparation of the EIS. To ensure all significant issues are identified and considered, the public, governmental agencies, and all other interested parties are 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: 2014-03324
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this Notice of Intent (Notice) to advise the public that FRA and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will jointly prepare a Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Granite City to St. Louis High-Speed Rail (HSR) Project (Project). The EIS will evaluate environmental and related impacts of upgrading rail system and infrastructure between Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Milepost (MP) 273 near Granite City, IL and the St. Louis Gateway Station in St. Louis, MO to implement high-speed passenger rail service, increase rail capacity, and improve reliability for identified incremental service additions. FRA is issuing this Notice to solicit public and agency input into the development of the scope of the EIS and to advise the public that outreach activities conducted by FRA and IDOT will be considered in preparation of the EIS. To ensure all significant issues are identified and considered, the public, governmental agencies, and all other interested parties are 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: 2014-03054
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The information collection requirements described below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA''). FRA is seeking public comments on its proposal to renew its PRA clearance to participate in the OMB program ``Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery.'' This program was created to facilitate federal agencies' efforts to streamline the process to seek public feedback on service delivery. Current FRA clearance under this program expires July 31, 2014.
Document Number: 2014-02870
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-02869
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-02868
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-02867
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-02866
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-02865
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-02864
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-02863
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-02176
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-02-03
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 request (ICR). Before submitting this ICR 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: C1-2014-01387
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-01387
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is amending the Federal Track Safety Standards to promote the safety of railroad operations by enhancing rail flaw detection processes. In particular, FRA is establishing minimum qualification requirements for rail flaw detection equipment operators, as well as revising requirements for effective rail inspection frequencies, rail flaw remedial actions, and rail inspection records. In addition, FRA is removing regulatory requirements concerning joint bar fracture reporting. This final rule is intended to implement section 403 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA).
Document Number: 2014-00957
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice announces the establishment of FRA's emergency relief docket (ERD) for calendar year 2014. The designated ERD for calendar year 2014 is Docket Number FRA-2014-0001.
Document Number: 2014-00956
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-00955
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-00954
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-00953
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-00952
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-00951
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-00950
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2013-31417
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-01-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule responds to two petitions for reconsideration of FRA's final rule published November 30, 2011, which would have amended the existing regulations governing the on-track safety protections of roadway workers from the movement of trains or other on- track equipment on an adjacent controlled track, but which has not taken effect. In response to the petitions for reconsideration, FRA delayed the effective date of the November 30, 2011, final rule until July 1, 2013 (subsequently delayed until July 1, 2014), and requested comments on the petitions. This document further responds to the petitions, addresses the comments on the petitions, and amends and clarifies certain sections of the November 30, 2011, final rule.
Document Number: 2014-00128
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2014-00127
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-01-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2013-30806
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
According to data from FRA's Management Information System, the rail industry's random drug testing positive rate has remained below 1.0 percent for the last two years. FRA's Administrator has therefore determined that the minimum annual random drug testing rate for the period January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014, will remain at 25 percent of covered railroad employees. In addition, because the industry-wide random alcohol testing violation rate has remained below 0.5 percent for the last two years, the Administrator has determined that the minimum random alcohol testing rate will remain at 10 percent of covered railroad employees for the period January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. Railroads remain free, as always, to conduct random testing at higher rates.
Document Number: 2013-30807
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule increases the rail equipment accident/incident reporting threshold from $9,900 to $10,500 for certain railroad accidents/incidents involving property damage that occur during calendar year 2014. This action is needed to ensure that FRA's reporting requirements reflect cost increases that have occurred since the reporting threshold was last published in November of 2012.
Document Number: 2013-30539
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2013-30538
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2013-30537
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2013-30536
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2013-30535
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2013-30534
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Document Number: 2013-30533
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation