60-Day Notice and Request for Comments, 46977-46979 [E8-18531]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 12, 2008 / Notices function, whereas demand response service is regular and continuing. Some demand response sponsored trips carried out as part of a Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan may be exclusive, and may be for a group from a single origin to a single destination, but may occur on a frequently reoccurring basis, such as daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Transit providers should report service data for these trips to the NTD as public transportation. Demand response service that is exclusive, from a single origin to a single destination, and that reoccurs on a less-frequent basis that once per month should be considered to be charter service. Transit providers should report these services to the charter registration Web site. Transit providers reporting to the NTD must specifically exclude from their reports on revenue service any service that meets the definition of ‘‘charter service’’ under the charter rule, and thus, must be reported to the charter registration Web site. This exclusion includes charter service legally provided to a Qualified Human Services Organization (QHSO), as provided for by the charter rule. To implement this policy, FTA proposes to require transit providers reporting to the NTD to report their regular unlinked passenger trips and their sponsored unlinked passenger trips separately for demand response service. Reporters would not have to make this distinction for any other modes of service. Regular unlinked passenger trips would refer to those demand response trips that are arranged and paid for by individuals, even when those individuals pay the fare with userside subsidies, such as coupons or passes provided a QHSO. Regular unlinked passenger trips would include all demand response trips provided pursuant to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Sponsored unlinked passenger trips would include all trips where the transit provider is directly reimbursed in whole or in part by some third party that has helped arrange for the trips. This distinction would make reporting of these services for urbanized area transit agencies consistent with the reporting of these services for transit agencies in rural areas. Since this proposal is being announced late in the 2008 Report Year, FTA will grant a waiver from reporting separately regular and sponsored unlinked passenger trips for the 2008 Report Year to any NTD Reporter that requests such a waiver. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:24 Aug 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 Issued in Washington, DC, this 1st day of August 2008. James S. Simpson, Administrator. [FR Doc. E8–18388 Filed 8–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–M DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board 60-Day Notice and Request for Comments AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. 60-day notice and request for comments. ACTION: SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (Board) gives notice of its intent to request from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval without change of the seven existing collections described below. Comments are requested concerning each collection as to (1) Whether the particular collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Board’s burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, when appropriate. Submitted comments will be included and/or summarized in the Board’s request for OMB approval. DATES: Written comments are due on October 14, 2008. ADDRESSES: Direct all comments to Marilyn Levitt, Surface Transportation Board, Suite 1260, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001, or to levittm@stb.dot.gov. Comments should be identified as ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Comments, and should refer to the title and control number of the specific collection(s) commented upon. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or copies of the information collection(s) contact Scott Decker at (202) 245–0330 or deckers@stb.dot.gov. [Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for the hearing impaired: (800) 877–8339.] Subjects: In this notice the Board is requesting comments on the following information collections: PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46977 Collection Number 1 Title: Class I Railroad Annual Report OMB Control Number: 2140–0009. Form Number: R1. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10. Estimated Time per Response: As long as 800 hours, based on information provided by the railroad industry during the 1990’s. This estimate includes time spent reviewing instructions; searching existing data sources; gathering and maintaining the data needed; completing and reviewing the collection of information; and converting the data from the carrier’s individual accounting system to the Board’s Uniform System of Accounts (USOA), which ensures that the information will be presented in a consistent format across all reporting railroads, see 49 U.S.C. 11141–43, 11161–64, 49 CFR 1200–1201. It is likely that the estimated time to produce this report is overstated, given the advances made in computerized data collection and processing systems. Frequency of Response: Annual. Total Annual Hour Burden: Up to 5,600 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: No ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this collection have been identified. Needs and Uses: Annual reports are required to be filed by Class I railroads under 49 U.S.C. 11145. The reports show operating expenses and operating statistics of the carriers. Operating expenses include costs for right-of-way and structures, equipment, train and yard operations, and general and administrative expenses. Operating statistics include such items as carmiles, revenue-ton-miles, and gross tonmiles. The reports are used by the Board, other Federal agencies, and industry groups to monitor and assess railroad industry growth, financial stability, traffic, and operations, and to identify industry changes that may affect national transportation policy. Information from this report is also entered into the Board’s Uniform Rail Costing System (URCS), which is a cost measurement methodology. URCS, which was developed by the Board pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 11161, is used as a tool in rail rate proceedings, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 10707(d), to calculate the variable costs associated with providing a particular service. The Board also uses this information to more effectively carry out other of its regulatory responsibilities, including: Acting on railroad requests for authority E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 46978 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 12, 2008 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES to engage in Board-regulated financial transactions such as mergers, acquisitions of control, and consolidations, see 49 U.S.C. 11323– 11324; analyzing the information that the Board obtains through the annual railroad industry waybill sample, see 49 CFR 1244; measuring off-branch costs in railroad abandonment proceedings, in accordance with 49 CFR 1152.32(n); developing the ‘‘rail cost adjustment factors,’’ in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 10708; and conducting investigations and rulemakings. Information from certain schedules contained in these reports is compiled and published on the Board’s Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov. Information in these reports is not available from any other source. Collection Number 2 Title: Quarterly Report of Revenues, Expenses, and Income—Railroads (Form RE&I). OMB Control Number: 2140–0013. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10. Estimated Time per Response: 6 hours. Frequency of Response: Quarterly. Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non Hour Burden’’ Cost: No ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this collection have been identified. Needs and Uses: This collection is a report of railroad operating revenues, operating expenses and income items; it is a profit and loss statement, disclosing net railway operating income on a quarterly and year-to-date basis for the current and prior years. See 49 CFR 1243.1. The Board uses the information in this report to ensure competitive, efficient, and safe transportation through general oversight programs that monitor and forecast the financial and operating condition of railroads, and through regulation of railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring proposals, including railroad mergers, consolidations, acquisitions of control, and abandonments. Information from these reports is used by the Board, other Federal agencies, and industry groups to monitor and assess industry growth and operations, detect changes in carrier financial stability, and identify trends that may affect the national transportation system. Some of the information from these reports is compiled by the Board in our quarterly Selected Earnings Data Report, which is VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:24 Aug 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 published on the Board’s Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. Collection Number 3 Title: Quarterly Condensed Balance Sheet—Railroads (Form CBS). OMB Control Number: 2140–0014. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10. Estimated Time per Response: 6 hours. Frequency of Response: Quarterly. Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: No ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this collection have been identified. Needs and Uses: This collection shows the balance, quarterly and cumulative for the current and prior year, of the carrier’s assets and liabilities, gross capital expenditures, and revenue tons carried. See 49 CFR 1243.2. The Board uses the information in this report to ensure competitive, efficient, and safe transportation through general oversight programs that monitor and forecast the financial and operating condition of railroads, and through specific regulation of railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring proposals, including railroad mergers, consolidations, acquisitions of control, and abandonments. Information from these reports is used by the Board, other Federal agencies, and industry groups to assess industry growth and operations, detect changes in carrier financial stability, and identify trends that may affect the national transportation system. Revenue ton-miles, which are reported in these reports, are compiled and published by the Board in its quarterly Selected Earnings Data Report, which is published on the Board’s Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. Collection Number 4 OMB Control Number: 2140–0004. Title: Report of Railroad Employees, Service and Compensation (Wage Forms A and B). Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10. Estimated Time per Response: As long as 30 hours per quarterly report and 40 PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 hours per annual summation, based on information provided by the railroad industry during the 1990’s. Again, it is likely that the time required to collect this information is overstated given the advances made in computerized data collection and processing systems. Frequency of Response: Quarterly, with an annual summation. Total Annual Hour Burden: Up to 1120 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: No ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this collection have been identified. Needs and Uses: This collection shows the number of employees, service hours, and compensation, by employee group (e.g., executive, professional, maintenance-of-way and equipment, and transportation), of the reporting railroads. See 49 CFR part 1245. The information is used by the Board to forecast labor costs and measure the efficiency of the reporting railroads. The information is also used by the Board to evaluate proposed regulated transactions that may impact rail employees, including mergers and consolidations, acquisitions of control, purchases, and abandonments. Other Federal agencies and industry groups, including the Railroad Retirement Board, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Association of American Railroads, use the information contained in the reports to monitor railroad operations. Certain information from these reports is compiled and published on the Board’s Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. Collection Number 5 Title: Monthly Report of Number of Employees of Class I Railroads (Wage Form C). OMB Control Number: 2140–0007. Form Number: STB Form 350. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10. Estimated Time per Response: 1.25 hours. Frequency of Response: Monthly. Total Annual Hour Burden: 105 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: No ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this collection have been identified. Needs and Uses: This collection shows, for each reporting carrier, the average number of employees at midmonth in the six job-classification groups that encompass all railroad employees. See 49 CFR part 1246. The E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 12, 2008 / Notices information is used by the Board to forecast labor costs and measure the efficiency of the reporting railroads. The information is also used by the Board to evaluate the impact on rail employees of proposed regulated transactions, including mergers and consolidations, acquisitions of control, purchases, and abandonments. Other Federal agencies and industry groups, including the Railroad Retirement Board, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Association of American Railroads, use the information contained in these reports to monitor railroad operations. Certain information from these reports is compiled and published on the Board’s Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov. The information contained in these reports is not available from any other source. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Collection Number 6 Title: Annual Report of Cars Loaded and Cars Terminated. OMB Control Number: 2140–0011. Form Number: Form STB–54. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10. Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours. Frequency of Response: Annual. Total Annual Hour Burden: 28 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: No ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this collection have been identified. Needs and Uses: This collection reports the number of cars loaded and cars terminated on the reporting carrier’s line. See 49 CFR part 1247. Information in this report is entered into the Board’s URCS, the uses of which are explained under Collection Number 1. There is no other source for the information contained in this report. Collection Number 7 OMB Control Number: 2140–000. Title: Quarterly Report of Freight Commodity Statistics (Form QCS). Form Number: None. Type of Review: Extension without change. Respondents: Class I railroads. Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10. Estimated Time per Response: 217 hours. Frequency of Response: Quarterly, with an annual summation. Total Annual Hour Burden: 6,076 hours annually. Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’ Cost: No ‘‘non-hour cost’’ burdens associated with this collection have been identified. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:24 Aug 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 Needs and Uses: This collection, which is based on information contained in carload waybills used by railroads in the ordinary course of business, reports car loadings and total revenues by commodity code for each commodity that moved on the railroad during the reporting period. See 49 CFR part 1248. Information in this report is entered into the Board’s URCS, the uses of which are explained under Collection Number 1. There is no other source for the information contained in this report. Under the PRA, a Federal agency conducting or sponsoring a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Under section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, Federal agencies are required, prior to submitting a collection to OMB for approval, to provide a 60-day notice and comment period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Anne K. Quinlan, Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–18531 Filed 8–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Departmental Offices; Proposed Collections; Comment Requests Notice and request for comments. ACTION: SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on revisions of two information collections that are proposed for approval by the Office of Management and Budget. The Office of International Affairs within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning Treasury International Capital (TIC) Form BC, Report of U.S. Dollar Claims of Depository Institutions, Brokers, and Dealers on Foreigners; and Treasury International Capital (TIC) Form BL–1, Report of U.S. Dollar Liabilities of Depository Institutions, Brokers, and Dealers to Foreigners. PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46979 Written comments should be received on or before October 14, 2008 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Dwight Wolkow, International Portfolio Investment Data Systems, Department of the Treasury, Room 5422, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20220. In view of possible delays in mail delivery, please also notify Mr. Wolkow by e-mail (comments2tic@do.treas.gov), FAX (202–622–2009) or telephone (202–622– 1276). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Copies of the proposed forms and instructions are available on the Treasury’s TIC Forms Web page, http://www.treas.gov/tic/forms.html. Requests for additional information should be directed to Mr. Wolkow. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Titles: Treasury International Capital Form BC, Report of U.S. Dollar Claims of Depository Institutions, Brokers, and Dealers on Foreigners; and Treasury Capital Form BL–1, Report of U.S. Dollar Liabilities of Depository Institutions, Brokers, and Dealers to Foreigners. OMB Control Numbers: 1505–0017 and 1505–0019. Abstracts: Forms BC and BL–1 are part of the Treasury International Capital (TIC) reporting system, which is required by law (22 U.S.C. 286f; 22 U.S.C. 3103; E.O. 10033; 31 CFR 128) for the purpose of providing timely information on international portfolio capital movements. Form BC is a monthly report that covers own U.S. dollar claims of banks, other depository institutions, brokers and dealers vis-avis foreign residents. Form BL–1 is a monthly report that covers own U.S. dollar liabilities of banks, other depository institutions, brokers and dealers vis-a-vis foreign residents. This information is necessary for compiling the U.S. balance of payments accounts and the U.S. international investment position, and for formulating U.S. international financial and monetary policies. Current Actions: None. We expect to make some clarifications in the instructions. Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Form BC (1505–0017). Estimated Number of Respondents: 283. Estimated Average Time per Respondent: Ten hours per respondent per filing. This average time varies from 18 hours for the approximately 30 major DATES: E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board


60-Day Notice and Request for Comments

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT.

ACTION: 60-day notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, 
and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq. (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (Board) gives notice of 
its intent to request from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
approval without change of the seven existing collections described 
below.
    Comments are requested concerning each collection as to (1) Whether 
the particular collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the 
collection has practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Board's 
burden estimates; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity 
of the information collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of 
the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology, when appropriate. Submitted comments will be included and/
or summarized in the Board's request for OMB approval.

DATES: Written comments are due on October 14, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Direct all comments to Marilyn Levitt, Surface 
Transportation Board, Suite 1260, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 
20423-0001, or to levittm@stb.dot.gov. Comments should be identified as 
``Paperwork Reduction Act Comments, and should refer to the title and 
control number of the specific collection(s) commented upon.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or copies 
of the information collection(s) contact Scott Decker at (202) 245-0330 
or deckers@stb.dot.gov. [Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) for 
the hearing impaired: (800) 877-8339.]
    Subjects: In this notice the Board is requesting comments on the 
following information collections:

Collection Number 1

    Title: Class I Railroad Annual Report
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0009.
    Form Number: R1.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10.
    Estimated Time per Response: As long as 800 hours, based on 
information provided by the railroad industry during the 1990's. This 
estimate includes time spent reviewing instructions; searching existing 
data sources; gathering and maintaining the data needed; completing and 
reviewing the collection of information; and converting the data from 
the carrier's individual accounting system to the Board's Uniform 
System of Accounts (USOA), which ensures that the information will be 
presented in a consistent format across all reporting railroads, see 49 
U.S.C. 11141-43, 11161-64, 49 CFR 1200-1201. It is likely that the 
estimated time to produce this report is overstated, given the advances 
made in computerized data collection and processing systems.
    Frequency of Response: Annual.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: Up to 5,600 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: No ``non-hour cost'' burdens 
associated with this collection have been identified.
    Needs and Uses: Annual reports are required to be filed by Class I 
railroads under 49 U.S.C. 11145. The reports show operating expenses 
and operating statistics of the carriers. Operating expenses include 
costs for right-of-way and structures, equipment, train and yard 
operations, and general and administrative expenses. Operating 
statistics include such items as car-miles, revenue-ton-miles, and 
gross ton-miles. The reports are used by the Board, other Federal 
agencies, and industry groups to monitor and assess railroad industry 
growth, financial stability, traffic, and operations, and to identify 
industry changes that may affect national transportation policy. 
Information from this report is also entered into the Board's Uniform 
Rail Costing System (URCS), which is a cost measurement methodology. 
URCS, which was developed by the Board pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 11161, is 
used as a tool in rail rate proceedings, in accordance with 49 U.S.C. 
10707(d), to calculate the variable costs associated with providing a 
particular service. The Board also uses this information to more 
effectively carry out other of its regulatory responsibilities, 
including: Acting on railroad requests for authority

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to engage in Board-regulated financial transactions such as mergers, 
acquisitions of control, and consolidations, see 49 U.S.C. 11323-11324; 
analyzing the information that the Board obtains through the annual 
railroad industry waybill sample, see 49 CFR 1244; measuring off-branch 
costs in railroad abandonment proceedings, in accordance with 49 CFR 
1152.32(n); developing the ``rail cost adjustment factors,'' in 
accordance with 49 U.S.C. 10708; and conducting investigations and 
rulemakings.
    Information from certain schedules contained in these reports is 
compiled and published on the Board's Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov. 
Information in these reports is not available from any other source.

Collection Number 2

    Title: Quarterly Report of Revenues, Expenses, and Income--
Railroads (Form RE&I).
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0013.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10.
    Estimated Time per Response: 6 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non Hour Burden'' Cost: No ``non-hour cost'' burdens 
associated with this collection have been identified.
    Needs and Uses: This collection is a report of railroad operating 
revenues, operating expenses and income items; it is a profit and loss 
statement, disclosing net railway operating income on a quarterly and 
year-to-date basis for the current and prior years. See 49 CFR 1243.1. 
The Board uses the information in this report to ensure competitive, 
efficient, and safe transportation through general oversight programs 
that monitor and forecast the financial and operating condition of 
railroads, and through regulation of railroad rate and service issues 
and rail restructuring proposals, including railroad mergers, 
consolidations, acquisitions of control, and abandonments. Information 
from these reports is used by the Board, other Federal agencies, and 
industry groups to monitor and assess industry growth and operations, 
detect changes in carrier financial stability, and identify trends that 
may affect the national transportation system. Some of the information 
from these reports is compiled by the Board in our quarterly Selected 
Earnings Data Report, which is published on the Board's Web site, 
http://www.stb.dot.gov. The information contained in these reports is 
not available from any other source.

Collection Number 3

    Title: Quarterly Condensed Balance Sheet--Railroads (Form CBS).
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0014.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10.
    Estimated Time per Response: 6 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 168 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: No ``non-hour cost'' burdens 
associated with this collection have been identified.
    Needs and Uses: This collection shows the balance, quarterly and 
cumulative for the current and prior year, of the carrier's assets and 
liabilities, gross capital expenditures, and revenue tons carried. See 
49 CFR 1243.2. The Board uses the information in this report to ensure 
competitive, efficient, and safe transportation through general 
oversight programs that monitor and forecast the financial and 
operating condition of railroads, and through specific regulation of 
railroad rate and service issues and rail restructuring proposals, 
including railroad mergers, consolidations, acquisitions of control, 
and abandonments. Information from these reports is used by the Board, 
other Federal agencies, and industry groups to assess industry growth 
and operations, detect changes in carrier financial stability, and 
identify trends that may affect the national transportation system. 
Revenue ton-miles, which are reported in these reports, are compiled 
and published by the Board in its quarterly Selected Earnings Data 
Report, which is published on the Board's Web site, http://
www.stb.dot.gov. The information contained in these reports is not 
available from any other source.

Collection Number 4

    OMB Control Number: 2140-0004.
    Title: Report of Railroad Employees, Service and Compensation (Wage 
Forms A and B).
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10.
    Estimated Time per Response: As long as 30 hours per quarterly 
report and 40 hours per annual summation, based on information provided 
by the railroad industry during the 1990's. Again, it is likely that 
the time required to collect this information is overstated given the 
advances made in computerized data collection and processing systems.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly, with an annual summation.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: Up to 1120 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: No ``non-hour cost'' burdens 
associated with this collection have been identified.
    Needs and Uses: This collection shows the number of employees, 
service hours, and compensation, by employee group (e.g., executive, 
professional, maintenance-of-way and equipment, and transportation), of 
the reporting railroads. See 49 CFR part 1245. The information is used 
by the Board to forecast labor costs and measure the efficiency of the 
reporting railroads. The information is also used by the Board to 
evaluate proposed regulated transactions that may impact rail 
employees, including mergers and consolidations, acquisitions of 
control, purchases, and abandonments. Other Federal agencies and 
industry groups, including the Railroad Retirement Board, Bureau of 
Labor Statistics, and Association of American Railroads, use the 
information contained in the reports to monitor railroad operations. 
Certain information from these reports is compiled and published on the 
Board's Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov. The information contained in 
these reports is not available from any other source.

Collection Number 5

    Title: Monthly Report of Number of Employees of Class I Railroads 
(Wage Form C).
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0007.
    Form Number: STB Form 350.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1.25 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Monthly.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 105 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: No ``non-hour cost'' burdens 
associated with this collection have been identified.
    Needs and Uses: This collection shows, for each reporting carrier, 
the average number of employees at mid-month in the six job-
classification groups that encompass all railroad employees. See 49 CFR 
part 1246. The

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information is used by the Board to forecast labor costs and measure 
the efficiency of the reporting railroads. The information is also used 
by the Board to evaluate the impact on rail employees of proposed 
regulated transactions, including mergers and consolidations, 
acquisitions of control, purchases, and abandonments. Other Federal 
agencies and industry groups, including the Railroad Retirement Board, 
Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Association of American Railroads, use 
the information contained in these reports to monitor railroad 
operations. Certain information from these reports is compiled and 
published on the Board's Web site, http://www.stb.dot.gov. The 
information contained in these reports is not available from any other 
source.

Collection Number 6

    Title: Annual Report of Cars Loaded and Cars Terminated.
    OMB Control Number: 2140-0011.
    Form Number: Form STB-54.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10.
    Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Annual.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 28 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: No ``non-hour cost'' burdens 
associated with this collection have been identified.
    Needs and Uses: This collection reports the number of cars loaded 
and cars terminated on the reporting carrier's line. See 49 CFR part 
1247. Information in this report is entered into the Board's URCS, the 
uses of which are explained under Collection Number 1. There is no 
other source for the information contained in this report.

Collection Number 7

    OMB Control Number: 2140-000.
    Title: Quarterly Report of Freight Commodity Statistics (Form QCS).
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Extension without change.
    Respondents: Class I railroads.
    Number of Respondents: Fewer than 10.
    Estimated Time per Response: 217 hours.
    Frequency of Response: Quarterly, with an annual summation.
    Total Annual Hour Burden: 6,076 hours annually.
    Total Annual ``Non-Hour Burden'' Cost: No ``non-hour cost'' burdens 
associated with this collection have been identified.
    Needs and Uses: This collection, which is based on information 
contained in carload waybills used by railroads in the ordinary course 
of business, reports car loadings and total revenues by commodity code 
for each commodity that moved on the railroad during the reporting 
period. See 49 CFR part 1248. Information in this report is entered 
into the Board's URCS, the uses of which are explained under Collection 
Number 1. There is no other source for the information contained in 
this report.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA, a Federal agency conducting 
or sponsoring a collection of information must display a currently 
valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined 
in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements 
that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to 
the agency, third parties, or the public. Under section 3506(c)(2)(A) 
of the PRA, Federal agencies are required, prior to submitting a 
collection to OMB for approval, to provide a 60-day notice and comment 
period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each 
proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension 
of an existing collection of information.

Anne K. Quinlan,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E8-18531 Filed 8-11-08; 8:45 am]
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