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Identification and Mitigation of Hazards Through Job Safety Briefings and Hazard Recognition Strategies
Document Number: 2016-28558
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2016-02 out of concern for the number of railroad and railroad contractor fatalities that occur when roadway workers perform certain activities that fall outside the scope of FRA's safety regulations, but within the purview of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulations. FRA is issuing this Safety Advisory to remind railroads and railroad contractors, and their employees (including roadway workers) of the importance of identifying hazardous conditions at job locations, conducting thorough job safety briefings to discuss the hazardous conditions, and taking appropriate actions to mitigate those conditions. This Safety Advisory reminds railroads, railroad contractors, and their respective employees that OSHA's job safety regulations may apply to certain roadway worker activities and makes recommendations for hazard recognition strategies and challenge procedures that could improve roadway worker safety while roadway workers are engaged in activities subject to OSHA's regulations. FRA considers this Safety Advisory responsive to the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) Recommendations R-14-33, R-14-35, and R-14-36.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-28394
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the renewals and reinstatements of the 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 information collections and their expected burden. On September 23, 2016, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Environmental Impact Statement for the Baltimore-Washington Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) Project, Between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC
Document Number: 2016-28285
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the Baltimore- Washington Superconducting Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) (SCMAGLEV) Project (Proposed Action) jointly with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). The Proposed Action consists of the construction and operation of a high-speed SCMAGLEV train system between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD with an intermediate stop at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport. FRA and MDOT will develop the EIS in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2016-27954
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-27953
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-27952
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
National Railroad Passenger Corporation's (Amtrak) Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Approval and System Certification
Document Number: 2016-27522
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that Amtrak submitted via FRA's Secure Information Repository a letter dated September 14, 2016, requesting FRA approval of its PTCSP Revision 4.0, dated August 2016, for Amtrak's Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System II (ACSES II).
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-27521
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-16
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 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 activities, which are identified in this notice.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-26414
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of the proposed information collection activities abstracted below. However, before submitting this proposed information collection request (ICR) to OMB for clearance, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2016-26147
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifty-seventh meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The RSAC meeting agenda topics will include: Opening remarks from the FRA Administrator and the FRA Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer; status reports from the Remote Control Locomotive, Track Standards, Hazardous Materials Issues, Rail Integrity Working Groups, and the Engineering Task Force; an informational presentation on the high-speed passenger rail equipment (Tier III) rulemaking; and an update on the status of Positive Train Control implementation. This agenda is subject to change, including possibly adding further proposed tasks.
Norfolk Southern Railway Company's Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification
Document Number: 2016-26146
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on August 12, 2016 Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Version 1.0, dated August 12, 2016, on FRA's Secure Information Repository (SIR) site. NS asks FRA to approve its PTCSP and issue a Positive Train Control System Certification for NS's Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS), under 49 CFR part 236, subpart I.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2016-25975
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-25893
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-26
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 listed below. Before submitting these information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities, which are identified in this notice.
Petition for Special Approval of Alternate Standard
Document Number: 2016-24678
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Coachella Valley-San Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service: Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties, CA
Document Number: 2016-24597
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Through this NOI, FRA announces it will prepare a Programmatic EIS and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) jointly with the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the Coachella ValleySan Gorgonio Pass Rail Corridor Service (Project). FRA, RCTC, and Caltrans will develop the Programmatic EIS/EIR in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). FRA invites the public and Federal, state, and local agencies to provide input into the scope of the EIS/ EIR and will consider all information from outreach activities when preparing the EIS/EIR. The Project will study options for providing intercity passenger rail service between the cities of Los Angeles and Indio, California also known as the Coachella ValleySan Gorgonio Pass Corridor (the Corridor).
Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Bridge Project in Washington, DC
Document Number: 2016-24522
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 26, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Long Bridge Project jointly with the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) (81 FR 59036). The Proposed Action consists of potential improvements to Long Bridge and related railroad infrastructure located between the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Crystal City Station in Arlington, Virginia and Control Point (CP) Virginia in Washington, DC. In announcing its intent, FRA and DDOT established a 30-day public comment period that was scheduled to end on September 26, 2016. In consideration of requests for additional time to comment, FRA and DDOT are extending the scoping comment period to October 14, 2016. The extension provides agencies and the public with 30 days to submit comments following public and interagency scoping meetings held on September 14, 2016.
Agency Request for Emergency Processing of Collection of Information by the Office of Management and Budget; Railworthiness Directive for Certain Railroad Tank Cars Equipped With Bottom Outlet Valve Assembly and Constructed by American Railcar Industries and ACF Industries
Document Number: 2016-24429
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA hereby gives notice 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 (PRA) and its implementing regulations. FRA requests that OMB authorize the proposed collection of information identified below on October 18, 2016, for a period of 180 days.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2016-23795
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-23794
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-23793
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Railworthiness Directive for Certain Railroad Tank Cars Equipped With Bottom Outlet Valve Assembly and Constructed by American Railcar Industries and ACF Industries
Document Number: 2016-23770
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On September 30, 2016, FRA issued a Railworthiness Directive (Directive or RWD) to all owners of Department of Transportation (DOT) specification 111 general purpose tank cars. This document announces FRA's issuance of the RWD and its availability on FRA's Web site.
Northeast Corridor Safety Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2016-23630
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the seventh meeting of the NECSC, 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. The NECSC meeting topics will include presentations on system safety, the Tier III passenger equipment rulemaking, Amtrak 160 mph waiver requests, split rail derails on track leading to the Northeast Corridor, drug and alcohol issues, and a general discussion of safety issues. This agenda is subject to change.
Nashville and Eastern Railroad Corporation's Positive Train Control Development Plan, Revision 2.5, Dated June 22, 2016
Document Number: 2016-23262
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides public notice of the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Corporation's (NERR) submission to FRA of its Positive Train Control Development Plan (PTCDP) Revision 2.5, dated June 22, 2016, and the availability of NERR's PTCDP for public comment. NERR requests that FRA approve its PTCDP, which describes NERR's Argenia Railway Technologies' Positive Train Control System (SafeNet System) as required under FRA regulations.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-22995
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting the 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 in this notice.
Agency Request for Regular Processing of Collection of Information by the Office of Management and Budget
Document Number: 2016-22943
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Consistent with 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 an annual form entitled the Annual PTC Progress Report Form (Form FRA F 6180.166).
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-22942
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-23
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 June 3, 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: 2016-22941
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-23
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 described below. Before submitting the proposed information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities, which are identified in this notice.
Petition for Special Approval of Alternate Standard
Document Number: 2016-21762
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Railroad's Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification
Document Number: 2016-21139
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control (PTC) Safety Plan (PTCSP) Version 1.0, dated June 1, 2016. UP requests that FRA approve its PTCSP and issue a PTC System Certification for UP's Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-20846
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-20845
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2016-20844
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Environmental Impact Statement for the Long Bridge Project in Washington, DC
Document Number: 2016-20481
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the Long Bridge Project jointly with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The Long Bridge Project (Proposed Action) consists of potential improvements to bridge and related railroad infrastructure located between the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Crystal City Station in Arlington, Virginia and Control Point (CP) Virginia in Washington, DC. FRA and DDOT will develop the EIS in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. FRA and DDOT invite the public and Federal, state, and local agencies to provide comments on the scope of the EIS, including the purpose and need; alternatives to analyze; environmental effects to consider and evaluate; methodologies to use for evaluating effects; and the approach for public and agency involvement.
Notice To Rescind a Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2016-19917
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In this notice, FRA is advising the public that the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Tier One Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Rochester-Twin Cities Passenger Rail Corridor Investment Plan is rescinded.
Competitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program
Document Number: 2016-19910
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-08-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On June 22, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would implement a pilot program for competitive selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. FRA is announcing a public hearing to provide interested persons an opportunity to provide oral comments on the proposal. FRA is also announcing an extension of the comment period for this proceeding to allow time for interested parties to submit written comments in response to views or information provided at the public hearing.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2016-19800
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-19745
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-19654
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-19626
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the renewal of the information collection requirements (ICRs) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and expected burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the ICRs was published on May 3, 2016.
System Safety Program
Document Number: 2016-18301
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-08-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this final rule to mandate that commuter and intercity passenger railroads develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. A SSP is a structured program with proactive processes and procedures, developed and implemented by commuter and intercity passenger railroads to identify and mitigate or eliminate hazards and the resulting risks on each railroad's system. A railroad has the flexibility to tailor a SSP to its specific operations. A SSP will be implemented after receiving approval by FRA of a submitted SSP plan. FRA will audit a railroad's compliance with its SSP.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2016-19010
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifty-sixth 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 the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer. The Remote Control Locomotive, Track Standards, Hazardous Materials Issues, and Rail Integrity Working Groups, and Engineering Task Force will provide status reports. Informational presentations will be provided on the high-speed passenger rail equipment (Tier III) rulemaking; the System Safety Plan rulemaking; the status of Positive Train Control implementation; the Maintenance-of-Way, Drug and Alcohol, and Roadway Worker Protection final rules; and the potential certification of dispatchers and signal maintainers. This agenda is subject to change, including the adding more proposed tasks.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-18955
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Special Approval of Alternate Standard
Document Number: 2016-18954
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2016-18386
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY 2017 Positive Train Control Grant Funds
Document Number: 2016-17943
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain funding for the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems required under the Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2008, as amended by the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015. The opportunities described in this notice are available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 20.321, ``Positive Train Control.'' FRA will review applications for funding under this NOFO and will select the projects for funding. FTA will award the grant funds and administer and manage the grants after award. FRA will help FTA monitor the PTC implementation and progress of the grantees. In addition, applicants should contact FRA with PTC technical questions.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-16771
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces FRA is forwarding the renewal of the information collection requirements (ICR) abstracted below 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. On February 25, 2016, OMB approved Form FRA F 1680.167 for 180 days under emergency clearance procedures. FRA seeks regular clearance of this form for the maximum period (3 years) to comply with Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) requirements. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on March 24, 2016.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-16705
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Capital Cost Estimating Guidance
Document Number: 2016-16544
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA invites public comment on its Capital Cost Estimating Guidance, available on FRA's Web site at https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/ P0926.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2016-16424
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2016-16127
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation