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Download as PDF 36690 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 121 / Friday, June 24, 2005 / Notices Proposed charge expiration date: May 1, 2021. Level of the proposed PFC: $4.50. Total estimated PFC revenue: $13,100,000. Brief description of proposed projects: Terminal B Concourse Expansion, Terminal A Concourse Expansion, and Baggage Claim Expansion. Classes or classes of air carries, which the public agency has requested, not be required to collect PFCs: Nonscheduled/ on-demand carriers filing FAA form 1800–31. Any person may inspect the application in person at the FAA office listed above under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. In addition, any person may, upon request, inspect the application, notice and other documents germane to the application in person at the Kent County Department of Aeronautics. Issued in Des Plaines, Illinois on June 20, 2005. Elliott Black, Manager, Planning and Programming Branch, Airports Division, Great Lakes Region. [FR Doc. 05–12557 Filed 6–23–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [FTA Docket No. FTA–2005–21667] Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB review AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of request for comments. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 35001 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension of the currently approved information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments was published on March 30, 2005. DATES: Comments must be submitted before July 25, 2005. A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sylvia L. Marion, Office of Administration, Office of Management Planning, (202) 366–6680. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 49 U.S.C. Section 5335(a) and (b) National Transit Database (OMB Number: 2132–0008) VerDate jul<14>2003 19:06 Jun 23, 2005 Jkt 205001 Abstract: 49 U.S.C. Section 5335(a) and (b) require the Secretary of Transportation to maintain a reporting system by uniform categories to accumulate mass transportation financial and operating information and a uniform system of accounts and records. Twenty years ago, the National Transit Database (NTD) was created by Congress to be the repository of transit data for the nation. For FTA, the NTD is an agency mission critical Information Technology (IT) system. Congress created the NTD to provide validated data to determine the allocations for FTA’s major formula grant programs. Each year transit authorities that receive FTA funding submit performance data, via the Internet, to the NTD. For the formula funding, they submit data on vehicle miles, fixed-guideway miles, ridership, and operating costs. These performance data are used in statutory formulae to apportion over $4 billion in federal funds back to those agencies across the nation. In addition, Congress provides much of the investment in the capital infrastructure of transit. The NTD reports to Congress on the level of that investment and the condition and performance of the capital assets funded by Congress. It reports each bus and railcar, the average age of the vehicle fleets, as well as the costs, condition and performance of bus and rail systems. All transit safety and security data is reported to the NTD. Since the 9/11 tragedy, the Department of Homeland Defense receives security incident data from the NTD. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Government Accounting Office (GAO) use NTD safety data. The Department of Justice and DOT use NTD data for compliance with bus and paratransit provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Department of Labor uses NTD employment, hours and wage data. In addition, NTD fuel and engine data is used by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The Federal Highway Administration incorporates transit financial and highway fixed-guideway (HOV) data in their annual reports. In fact, FTA could not fulfill its annual reporting requirements to Congress under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) without NTD data. In addition, federal, state, and local governments, transit agencies/boards, labor unions, manufacturers, researchers, consultants and universities PO 00000 Frm 00134 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 use the NTD for making transit related decisions. State governments also use the NTD in allocating funds under 49 U.S.C. Section 5307 and use NTD data to prepare annual state transit summaries. The NTD requires that transit costs be reported by mode, such as commuter rail, ferryboat, bus, subway, or light rail. Thus, the NTD is the only accurate national source of data on operating costs by mode. For example, without the NTD, it would be difficult to compare the average operating costs of bus versus light rail. NTD information is essential for understanding cost, ridership and other national performance trends, including transit’s share of urban travel. It would be difficult to determine the future structure of FTA programs, to set policy, and to make funding and other decisions relating to the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation’s transit operations without the NTD. For many years, OMB has approved the annual information collection under the NTD, as required by statute. Prior to 2002, the NTD received annual summary reports for safety, security and ridership data. In 2002, FTA added the monthly reporting of safety and security data and ridership data to the NTD at the direction of Congress. New NTD. In the 2000 DOT Appropriations Act, Congress directed FTA to develop a new NTD. In January 2002, a completely new NTD was launched on the Internet. It was completed on time and within budget. The new NTD includes an updated and streamlined version of the annual NTD that OMB has reviewed in the past, but it adds some monthly reporting that OMB has not reviewed. Congress, the DOT and the NTSB wanted monthly reporting of safety and security data. Also, to meet annual GPRA reporting requirements, Congress wanted transit ridership to be reported monthly. Congress provided FTA with the funds to design and program the new NTD. During the two-year development period for this system, Congress required that a panel of experts under the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academy of Sciences review all NTD data elements. The FTA conducted outreach sessions on revisions to the NTD, prepared reports to Congress, and worked with the TRB panel to reduce unnecessary reporting and reporting burden. As a result, some forms and many data series were eliminated from the annual report. The new Internet-based system replaced the older diskette system and greatly reduced reporting burden. The new Internet system has pre-submission validation, like Turbo-Tax. Many errors E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 121 / Friday, June 24, 2005 / Notices were caught prior to submission. The Internet system eliminated the time consuming mailing back and forth of submission errors to reporters, and remailing submission corrections back to FTA. The new annual NTD yielded significant timesavings and reduced reporting burden. In recent surveys, over 75 percent of reporters like the new annual system and find it to be a great improvement and timesavings. Much of the reduction in burden hours for the annual NTD reports were offset by the increase in time for filing monthly reports in the new NTD. Safety, security and ridership data has always been part of the purview of the NTD. Congress, the NTSB and DOT wanted FTA to generate more detailed, monthly safety data to develop causal factors. The Federal Railroad Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration report safety and security data monthly. Congress, DOT and the NTSB wanted FTA to harmonize with her sister agencies and provide monthly reports. Monthly reporting has increased reporting time. The net effect of monthly safety, security and ridership data reporting is to offset much of timesavings that the new NTD was able to produce for the annual reports. Total NTD reporting time has dropped only a little. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 231,954 hours. All written comments must refer to the docket number that appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725–17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk Officer. Comments Are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. ADDRESSES: Issued: June 20, 2005. Ann M. Linnertz, Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration. [FR Doc. 05–12530 Filed 6–23–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P VerDate jul<14>2003 19:06 Jun 23, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket Number 2005 21641] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel BLUE MOON. AGENCY: SUMMARY: As authorized by Pub. L. 105– 383 and Pub. L. 107–295, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. The complete application is given in DOT docket 2005–21641 at http://dms.dot.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.-flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with Pub. L. 105–383 and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR Part 388 (68 FR 23084; April 30, 2003), that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.-vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a waiver will not be granted. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commenter’s interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR Part 388. DATES: Submit comments on or before July 25, 2005. ADDRESSES: Comments should refer to docket number MARAD–2005 21641. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL–401, Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., SW., Washington, DC 20590–0001. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at http:// dmses.dot.gov/submit/. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at http://dms.dot.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36691 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joann Spittle, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, MAR–830 Room 7201, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202–366–5979. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel BLUE MOON is: Intended Use: ‘‘part time charter, less than 6 passengers.’’ Geographic Region: Long Island Sound, Cape Cod, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and USVI. Dated: June 17, 2005. By order of the Maritime Administrator. Joel C. Richard, Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 05–12545 Filed 6–23–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket Number 2005 21645] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel COLD STEEL. AGENCY: SUMMARY: As authorized by Pub. L. 105– 383 and Pub. L. 107–295, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. The complete application is given in DOT docket 2005–21645 at http://dms.dot.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.-flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with Pub. L. 105–383 and MARAD’s regulations at 46 CFR part 388 (68 FR 23084; April 30, 2003), that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.-vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a waiver will not be granted. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 121 (Friday, June 24, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36690-36691]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-12530]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No. FTA-2005-21667]


Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB review

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 35001 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for extension of the currently 
approved information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-
day comment period soliciting comments was published on March 30, 2005.

DATES: Comments must be submitted before July 25, 2005. A comment to 
OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sylvia L. Marion, Office of 
Administration, Office of Management Planning, (202) 366-6680.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: 49 U.S.C. Section 5335(a) and (b) National Transit Database 
(OMB Number: 2132-0008)
    Abstract: 49 U.S.C. Section 5335(a) and (b) require the Secretary 
of Transportation to maintain a reporting system by uniform categories 
to accumulate mass transportation financial and operating information 
and a uniform system of accounts and records. Twenty years ago, the 
National Transit Database (NTD) was created by Congress to be the 
repository of transit data for the nation. For FTA, the NTD is an 
agency mission critical Information Technology (IT) system. Congress 
created the NTD to provide validated data to determine the allocations 
for FTA's major formula grant programs. Each year transit authorities 
that receive FTA funding submit performance data, via the Internet, to 
the NTD. For the formula funding, they submit data on vehicle miles, 
fixed-guideway miles, ridership, and operating costs. These performance 
data are used in statutory formulae to apportion over $4 billion in 
federal funds back to those agencies across the nation.
    In addition, Congress provides much of the investment in the 
capital infrastructure of transit. The NTD reports to Congress on the 
level of that investment and the condition and performance of the 
capital assets funded by Congress. It reports each bus and railcar, the 
average age of the vehicle fleets, as well as the costs, condition and 
performance of bus and rail systems. All transit safety and security 
data is reported to the NTD. Since the 9/11 tragedy, the Department of 
Homeland Defense receives security incident data from the NTD. The 
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Department of 
Transportation (DOT), and the Government Accounting Office (GAO) use 
NTD safety data. The Department of Justice and DOT use NTD data for 
compliance with bus and paratransit provisions of the Americans with 
Disabilities Act of 1990. The Department of Labor uses NTD employment, 
hours and wage data. In addition, NTD fuel and engine data is used by 
the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The 
Federal Highway Administration incorporates transit financial and 
highway fixed-guideway (HOV) data in their annual reports. In fact, FTA 
could not fulfill its annual reporting requirements to Congress under 
the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) without NTD data. In 
addition, federal, state, and local governments, transit agencies/
boards, labor unions, manufacturers, researchers, consultants and 
universities use the NTD for making transit related decisions. State 
governments also use the NTD in allocating funds under 49 U.S.C.
    Section 5307 and use NTD data to prepare annual state transit 
summaries. The NTD requires that transit costs be reported by mode, 
such as commuter rail, ferryboat, bus, subway, or light rail. Thus, the 
NTD is the only accurate national source of data on operating costs by 
mode. For example, without the NTD, it would be difficult to compare 
the average operating costs of bus versus light rail. NTD information 
is essential for understanding cost, ridership and other national 
performance trends, including transit's share of urban travel. It would 
be difficult to determine the future structure of FTA programs, to set 
policy, and to make funding and other decisions relating to the 
efficiency and effectiveness of the nation's transit operations without 
the NTD. For many years, OMB has approved the annual information 
collection under the NTD, as required by statute. Prior to 2002, the 
NTD received annual summary reports for safety, security and ridership 
data. In 2002, FTA added the monthly reporting of safety and security 
data and ridership data to the NTD at the direction of Congress.
    New NTD. In the 2000 DOT Appropriations Act, Congress directed FTA 
to develop a new NTD. In January 2002, a completely new NTD was 
launched on the Internet. It was completed on time and within budget. 
The new NTD includes an updated and streamlined version of the annual 
NTD that OMB has reviewed in the past, but it adds some monthly 
reporting that OMB has not reviewed. Congress, the DOT and the NTSB 
wanted monthly reporting of safety and security data. Also, to meet 
annual GPRA reporting requirements, Congress wanted transit ridership 
to be reported monthly. Congress provided FTA with the funds to design 
and program the new NTD. During the two-year development period for 
this system, Congress required that a panel of experts under the 
Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academy of Sciences 
review all NTD data elements. The FTA conducted outreach sessions on 
revisions to the NTD, prepared reports to Congress, and worked with the 
TRB panel to reduce unnecessary reporting and reporting burden. As a 
result, some forms and many data series were eliminated from the annual 
report.
    The new Internet-based system replaced the older diskette system 
and greatly reduced reporting burden. The new Internet system has pre-
submission validation, like Turbo-Tax. Many errors

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were caught prior to submission. The Internet system eliminated the 
time consuming mailing back and forth of submission errors to 
reporters, and re-mailing submission corrections back to FTA. The new 
annual NTD yielded significant timesavings and reduced reporting 
burden. In recent surveys, over 75 percent of reporters like the new 
annual system and find it to be a great improvement and timesavings.
    Much of the reduction in burden hours for the annual NTD reports 
were offset by the increase in time for filing monthly reports in the 
new NTD. Safety, security and ridership data has always been part of 
the purview of the NTD. Congress, the NTSB and DOT wanted FTA to 
generate more detailed, monthly safety data to develop causal factors. 
The Federal Railroad Administration, the National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration report 
safety and security data monthly. Congress, DOT and the NTSB wanted FTA 
to harmonize with her sister agencies and provide monthly reports. 
Monthly reporting has increased reporting time. The net effect of 
monthly safety, security and ridership data reporting is to offset much 
of timesavings that the new NTD was able to produce for the annual 
reports. Total NTD reporting time has dropped only a little.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 231,954 hours.

ADDRESSES: All written comments must refer to the docket number that 
appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
725-17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk 
Officer.
    Comments Are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, 
and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize 
the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including 
the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of 
information technology.

    Issued: June 20, 2005.
Ann M. Linnertz,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration.
[FR Doc. 05-12530 Filed 6-23-05; 8:45 am]
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