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Addressing Electrode-Induced Rail Pitting From Pressure Electric Welding
Document Number: 2017-17285
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides notice of FRA's intent to issue a Safety Advisory alerting railroads, contractors, and the rail welding industry of the potential for electrode-induced rail pitting and fatigue cracking during the pressure electric rail welding process. Based on investigation and research, FRA believes improper electrode contact to the rail during the welding process can result in electrode- induced pitting that may lead to fatigue fracture and ultimately rail failure. The draft Safety Advisory includes recommendations to help the industry prevent electrode-induced rail pitting and to inspect for and then remediate such pitting if it occurs. FRA invites public comment on all aspects of the draft Safety Advisory.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-17224
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-17115
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-14
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 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 May 22, 2017, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-16796
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Evaluation of Safety Sensitive Personnel for Moderate-to-Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Document Number: 2017-16451
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-08-08
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) (collectively, the Agencies) withdraw the March 10, 2016, advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and its potential consequences for the safety of highway and rail transportation. The Agencies have determined not to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking at this time.
Kansas City Southern Railway Company's Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification
Document Number: 2017-16412
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that the Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Version 1.0, dated June 30, 2017, on FRA's Secure Information Repository site on June 30, 2017. KCS asked FRA to approve its PTCSP and issue a Positive Train Control (PTC) System Certification for KCS' Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-15791
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-15790
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-15789
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Work Force Development Survey
Document Number: 2017-15585
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-25
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 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 Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-15053
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-18
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 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.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-14809
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-14808
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-14683
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the renewal 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 March 14, 2017, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Competitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program
Document Number: 2017-14355
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-07-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule implements 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. The final rule is required by statute.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-13975
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-13746
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-30
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 identified in this notice.
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