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E9–30752 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [U.S. DOT Docket No. FHWA–2009–0054] Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for a New Information Collection, Titled: Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements pwalker on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration, DOT. ACTION: Request for comments. SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval for a new information collection, which is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We published a Federal Register Notice with a 60-day public comment period on this information collection on February 26, 2009. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Please submit comments by January 28, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Docket ID Number FHWA– 2009–0054 by any of the following methods: Web Site: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:02 Dec 28, 2009 Jkt 220001 Fax: 1–202–493–2251. Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ray Krammes, Ph.D, PE, Acting Director, Office of Safety Research and Development, HRDS–07, TurnerFairbank Highway Research Center, Federal Highway Administration, 6300 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101, tel. 202–493–3365 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, or Paul J. Tremont, PhD (same address) at 202– 493–3338. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements. The FHWA invites public comments on our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a total of 30 field and laboratory research studies that will include collections of information from the general public. These studies will be conducted over a period not to exceed 3 years with an annual burden of approximately 2000 hours and a grand total burden of approximately 6000 hours. These collections are integral to the performance of various analytical, field, and laboratory human factors research projects that FHWA intends to conduct in support of its mission of improving safety and increasing mobility on our Nation’s highways through National Leadership, Innovation, and Program Delivery. The laboratory and field research FHWA conducts usually involves observations of driver behavior in controlled experimental settings. In the field and laboratory, these studies are nonintrusive, as most data are driver performance data and are automatically acquired. Research Areas and Associated Collections The FHWA Office of Safety Research and Development intends to conduct analytical, field, and laboratory research projects focused on highway safety that will require acquisition of human performance data from small samples of the driving public. This research is directed at human factors issues within the following broad program areas: (A) PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Infrastructure design including innovative intersection configurations and signage and roadway markings; (B) highway operations; (C) older and younger driver issues; and (D) pedestrian and bicyclist concerns. Given that the focus of the research in the above areas is on human factors issues, it will require that data be collected on a few key demographic variables such as age, gender, and driving experience, however such data will not be linked to personal identifying information. Before any study is conducted under this approval request, a thorough review will be undertaken to ensure such data is not currently available, and that the proposed study does not duplicate other work. Situations That Require Collections of Information—Examples From Each Category Category A (Infrastructure Design). An example from Category A would be a study designed to test an innovative intersection design such as a Double Crossover Diamond Interchange (DCD). This is a highly efficient intersection design, but if not properly implemented, it could potentially cause confusion. In a DCD, drivers cross over to the left side of the highway, with the result that opposing traffic is placed on their right side. When testing DCD implementations, FHWA needs to know whether drivers perceive any ambiguity in the signage, and if they have any orientation problems seeing opposing traffic on their right side. Other innovative intersection designs would also benefit from similar information acquired from drivers. Roadway departure is another problem area that could benefit from individual driver data. For example, it would be helpful to observe drivers’ interactions with roadway geometry and signage so that such information can be applied to design decisions that can lead to reductions in roadway departures. Category B (Highway Operations). One of the many challenges confronting highway engineers is designing a signal system that maximizes throughput and minimizes delay. Excess delay can have the unintended consequence of encouraging drivers to run red lights. This problem can be examined by observing drivers’ behavior under differing signaling conditions. However, direct verbal reports of drivers are often needed to determine why drivers are making their decisions. For example FHWA may learn from questioning drivers that they would be less likely to speed up when approaching a signal if they knew the signal system would recognize this behavior and respond E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 pwalker on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 29, 2009 / Notices accordingly. One way this might happen is by advising the motorist earlier of the impending signal change. Driver interviews performed under this study area can provide information on many key issues including behavioral adaptation, decision making, and reaction times to signal phases and changes. This kind of information could lead to improvements to signal controllers that increase mobility and improve safety. Speed management is another area that could benefit from interview data. For example, lower speed limits in construction zones are difficult to enforce, and interview data with drivers can provide information on better methods of restraining driver speeds in these hazardous situations. Category C (Older and Younger Drivers). The driving behaviors of these two high risk groups are of interest for almost all FHWA safety related studies. For example, older driver’s performance as they negotiate new designs informs the engineer of those aspects of the design that present potential safety problems, and may be in need of modification. In contrast, young drivers present a separate set of challenges for highway engineers. Their ability to negotiate a new design may be less of a concern, however; it is necessary to understand how these drivers perform as they drive through these new designs. This is important as some younger drivers may be willing to take extra risks in situations where ambiguity exists. Such information from younger drivers will help engineers determine areas of potential ambiguity in design and modify these areas as necessary to ensure they are not introducing safety hazards. Category D (Pedestrians and Bicyclists). Research related to pedestrians and bicyclists arises from the need to determine the most effective ways to accommodate these infrastructure users. While overt pedestrian and bicyclist behavior needs to be directly observed to enable engineers to determine potential safety hazards to these user groups. For example, when a new intersection design is being introduced (e.g., a triple lane roundabout) it is especially advantageous to acquire data that shows how pedestrians and bicyclists negotiate such a new design. The needs of disabled pedestrians are also considered when researching new intersection treatments, and in these efforts FHWA works closely with the U.S. Access Board to ensure that novel intersection treatments accommodate their needs. Another example of research in this area is determining bicyclists’ reactions to such treatments as separately marked VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:02 Dec 28, 2009 Jkt 220001 bicycle lanes, signage, and overall roadway configuration. Description of How Field and Laboratory Study Participants Will Be Acquired Participants for research studies will be acquired by advertisement in local papers, by the distribution of flyers, or by postings to the internet. Typically, interested parties contact FHWA and they are asked a few questions to determine whether they qualify for the study. These questions involve such issues as age, driver familiarity with the location or scenario being used, number of miles driven per year, and gender. Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden Resulting From These Information Collections and Requests for Comments Experimental Participants: Approximately 6,000 roadway users drawn from the general driving population. Frequency: This approval request is for 30 studies over a 3 year period. Estimated Average Burden per respondent: FHWA estimates data acquisition from persons participating in research will require on average about 1 hour per person. Estimated Total and Annual Burden Hours: Assuming 20 studies will be Laboratory based (Simulator), and 10 will be Field based (Field Research Vehicle), the burden is calculated as follows: Laboratory Experiments: 20 Simulator * 210 participants * 1 hour = 4200 Field Experiments: 10 studies * 180 participants * 1 hour = 1800 hours Estimated Total Burden Hours: = 6000 hours Estimated Annual Burden Hours (over 3 years) = 2000 hours Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of these information collections, including: (1) Whether the proposed collections are necessary for FHWA’s performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. FHWA will respond to your comments and summarize or include them when requesting clearance from OMB for these information data collections. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48. PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68911 Issued on December 18, 2009. Tina Campbell, Acting Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division. [FR Doc. E9–30568 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration RIN 2130–AB74 Richmond-Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Project AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of availability of the Tier I Draft Environmental Impact Statement and public hearings for the RichmondHampton Roads Passenger Rail Project (Project). SUMMARY: The Federal Railroad Administration announces the availability of the Richmond-Hampton Roads Passenger Rail Project Draft Tier I Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public review and comment. The DEIS was prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA implementing regulations, 40 CFR parts 1500–1508, and the FRA NEPA procedures, 64 FR 28545 (May 26, 1999). FRA is the lead Federal agency and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is the lead State agency. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included the DEIS in the Notice of Availability (NOA) published on December 11, 2009. DATES: FRA invites interested Members of Congress, state and local governments, other Federal agencies, Native American tribal governments, organizations, and members of the public to provide comments on the DEIS. The public comment period began with EPA’s publication of the NOA on December 11, 2009. Because of the anticipated interest in the Project, the comment period will continue until February 11, 2010. Written and oral comments will be given equal weight, and FRA and DRPT will consider all comments received or postmarked by that date in preparing the Final EIS. Comments received or postmarked after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Dates and locations for the public hearings are: 1. Richmond: January 26, 2010 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket No. FHWA-2009-0054]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments 
for a New Information Collection, Titled: Reports, Forms and 
Recordkeeping Requirements

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to 
request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for a new 
information collection, which is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION. We published a Federal Register Notice with a 60-day 
public comment period on this information collection on February 26, 
2009. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by January 28, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Docket ID Number FHWA-
2009-0054 by any of the following methods:
    Web Site: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ray Krammes, Ph.D, PE, Acting 
Director, Office of Safety Research and Development, HRDS-07, Turner-
Fairbank Highway Research Center, Federal Highway Administration, 6300 
Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101, tel. 202-493-3365 between 8 a.m. and 
5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, or Paul J. 
Tremont, PhD (same address) at 202-493-3338.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements.
    The FHWA invites public comments on our intention to request the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a total of 30 field 
and laboratory research studies that will include collections of 
information from the general public. These studies will be conducted 
over a period not to exceed 3 years with an annual burden of 
approximately 2000 hours and a grand total burden of approximately 6000 
hours. These collections are integral to the performance of various 
analytical, field, and laboratory human factors research projects that 
FHWA intends to conduct in support of its mission of improving safety 
and increasing mobility on our Nation's highways through National 
Leadership, Innovation, and Program Delivery. The laboratory and field 
research FHWA conducts usually involves observations of driver behavior 
in controlled experimental settings. In the field and laboratory, these 
studies are non-intrusive, as most data are driver performance data and 
are automatically acquired.

Research Areas and Associated Collections

    The FHWA Office of Safety Research and Development intends to 
conduct analytical, field, and laboratory research projects focused on 
highway safety that will require acquisition of human performance data 
from small samples of the driving public. This research is directed at 
human factors issues within the following broad program areas: (A) 
Infrastructure design including innovative intersection configurations 
and signage and roadway markings; (B) highway operations; (C) older and 
younger driver issues; and (D) pedestrian and bicyclist concerns. Given 
that the focus of the research in the above areas is on human factors 
issues, it will require that data be collected on a few key demographic 
variables such as age, gender, and driving experience, however such 
data will not be linked to personal identifying information. Before any 
study is conducted under this approval request, a thorough review will 
be undertaken to ensure such data is not currently available, and that 
the proposed study does not duplicate other work.

Situations That Require Collections of Information--Examples From Each 
Category

    Category A (Infrastructure Design). An example from Category A 
would be a study designed to test an innovative intersection design 
such as a Double Crossover Diamond Interchange (DCD). This is a highly 
efficient intersection design, but if not properly implemented, it 
could potentially cause confusion. In a DCD, drivers cross over to the 
left side of the highway, with the result that opposing traffic is 
placed on their right side. When testing DCD implementations, FHWA 
needs to know whether drivers perceive any ambiguity in the signage, 
and if they have any orientation problems seeing opposing traffic on 
their right side. Other innovative intersection designs would also 
benefit from similar information acquired from drivers. Roadway 
departure is another problem area that could benefit from individual 
driver data. For example, it would be helpful to observe drivers' 
interactions with roadway geometry and signage so that such information 
can be applied to design decisions that can lead to reductions in 
roadway departures.
    Category B (Highway Operations). One of the many challenges 
confronting highway engineers is designing a signal system that 
maximizes throughput and minimizes delay. Excess delay can have the 
unintended consequence of encouraging drivers to run red lights. This 
problem can be examined by observing drivers' behavior under differing 
signaling conditions. However, direct verbal reports of drivers are 
often needed to determine why drivers are making their decisions. For 
example FHWA may learn from questioning drivers that they would be less 
likely to speed up when approaching a signal if they knew the signal 
system would recognize this behavior and respond

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accordingly. One way this might happen is by advising the motorist 
earlier of the impending signal change. Driver interviews performed 
under this study area can provide information on many key issues 
including behavioral adaptation, decision making, and reaction times to 
signal phases and changes. This kind of information could lead to 
improvements to signal controllers that increase mobility and improve 
safety. Speed management is another area that could benefit from 
interview data. For example, lower speed limits in construction zones 
are difficult to enforce, and interview data with drivers can provide 
information on better methods of restraining driver speeds in these 
hazardous situations.
    Category C (Older and Younger Drivers). The driving behaviors of 
these two high risk groups are of interest for almost all FHWA safety 
related studies. For example, older driver's performance as they 
negotiate new designs informs the engineer of those aspects of the 
design that present potential safety problems, and may be in need of 
modification. In contrast, young drivers present a separate set of 
challenges for highway engineers. Their ability to negotiate a new 
design may be less of a concern, however; it is necessary to understand 
how these drivers perform as they drive through these new designs. This 
is important as some younger drivers may be willing to take extra risks 
in situations where ambiguity exists. Such information from younger 
drivers will help engineers determine areas of potential ambiguity in 
design and modify these areas as necessary to ensure they are not 
introducing safety hazards.
    Category D (Pedestrians and Bicyclists). Research related to 
pedestrians and bicyclists arises from the need to determine the most 
effective ways to accommodate these infrastructure users. While overt 
pedestrian and bicyclist behavior needs to be directly observed to 
enable engineers to determine potential safety hazards to these user 
groups. For example, when a new intersection design is being introduced 
(e.g., a triple lane roundabout) it is especially advantageous to 
acquire data that shows how pedestrians and bicyclists negotiate such a 
new design. The needs of disabled pedestrians are also considered when 
researching new intersection treatments, and in these efforts FHWA 
works closely with the U.S. Access Board to ensure that novel 
intersection treatments accommodate their needs. Another example of 
research in this area is determining bicyclists' reactions to such 
treatments as separately marked bicycle lanes, signage, and overall 
roadway configuration.

Description of How Field and Laboratory Study Participants Will Be 
Acquired

    Participants for research studies will be acquired by advertisement 
in local papers, by the distribution of flyers, or by postings to the 
internet. Typically, interested parties contact FHWA and they are asked 
a few questions to determine whether they qualify for the study. These 
questions involve such issues as age, driver familiarity with the 
location or scenario being used, number of miles driven per year, and 
gender.

Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping Burden 
Resulting From These Information Collections and Requests for Comments

    Experimental Participants: Approximately 6,000 roadway users drawn 
from the general driving population.
    Frequency: This approval request is for 30 studies over a 3 year 
period.
    Estimated Average Burden per respondent: FHWA estimates data 
acquisition from persons participating in research will require on 
average about 1 hour per person.
    Estimated Total and Annual Burden Hours: Assuming 20 studies will 
be Laboratory based (Simulator), and 10 will be Field based (Field 
Research Vehicle), the burden is calculated as follows:

    Laboratory Experiments: 20 Simulator * 210 participants * 1 hour 
= 4200
    Field Experiments: 10 studies * 180 participants * 1 hour = 1800 
hours

    Estimated Total Burden Hours: = 6000 hours
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours (over 3 years) = 2000 hours
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
these information collections, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collections are necessary for FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burden; (3) ways for FHWA to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that 
the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic 
technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. 
FHWA will respond to your comments and summarize or include them when 
requesting clearance from OMB for these information data collections.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued on December 18, 2009.
Tina Campbell,
Acting Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division.
[FR Doc. E9-30568 Filed 12-28-09; 8:45 am]
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