Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System or Relief From the Requirements of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 236, 21717-21718 [2010-9631]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 79 / Monday, April 26, 2010 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Research and Innovative Technology Administration [Docket ID Number RITA 2008–0002] Agency Information Collection; Activity Under OMB Review; Report of Passengers Denied Confirmed Space—BTS Form 251 Research & Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), DOT. ACTION: Notice. sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics invites the general public, industry and other governmental parties to comment on the continuing need for and usefulness of BTS collecting reports on the number of passengers holding confirmed reservations that voluntarily or involuntarily give up their seats when the airline oversells the flight. 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[FR Doc. 2010–9557 Filed 4–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–HY–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System or Relief From the Requirements of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 236 Pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 235 and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), the following railroad has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance or modification of the signal system or relief from the requirements of 49 CFR part 236, as detailed below. [Docket Number FRA–2010–0081] Applicant: Mr. D. C. Francis, Canadian National—North America, System Senior Manager S&C Design/ Standards, 17641 South Ashland Avenue, Homewood, Illinois 60430. The Canadian National—North America (CN) seeks temporary relief from § 236.301, where signals shall be provided, relative to CN’s EJ&E Griffith Connection project involving the Matteson Subdivision and the South Bend Subdivision. CN has planned construction of a connection at Griffith, Station Sign 36.2, on the Matteson Subdivision to route trains to and from Kirk Yard via the South Bend Subdivision. CN is seeking expedited temporary relief of § 236.301 to allow movements to and from Kirk Yard via the South Bend Subdivision using handthrow switches within the interlocking on a proposed new connecting track until final construction is complete and the interlocking plant is fully in compliance. Upon completion, the hand-throw switches are to be replaced with power-operated switches. During the temporary installation of the connecting track, train operations will be governed as follows: A speed restriction of 20 mph on all routes over the hand-throw switches on the connecting track; switch circuit controllers on the connecting track, which will open the OST input to the appropriate microprocessor and put all signals to stop when one or both switches are greater than 1⁄4″ from normal to full reverse; a temporary track E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES 21718 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 79 / Monday, April 26, 2010 / Notices circuit will be inserted to cover the trap circuit operation for the diamond on the Matteson Subdivision (North Side); fouling circuits will be effective on the new connection track; and derails will be installed on both ends of the new connecting track. A mandatory directive (GBO) will be issued covering the following: No signals will be given for trains routed over the new connecting track. All trains routed over the new connecting track will be talked by the appropriate Red signal governing movements into the interlocking. Highway-rail crossing starts on the Matteson Subdivision and South Bend Subdivision will be covered by Order. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request. All communications concerning this proceeding should be identified by Docket Number FRA–2010–0081 and may be submitted by one of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic site; • Fax: 202–493–2251; • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; or • Hand Delivery: Room W12–140 of the U.S. Department of Transportation West Building Ground Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Communications received within 30 days of the date of this notice will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.–5 p.m.) at the above facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility’s Web site at https://www.regulations.gov. FRA wishes to inform all potential commenters that anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:56 Apr 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477) or at https://www.dot.gov/ privacy.html. Issued in Washington, DC, on April 20, 2010. Grady C. Cothen, Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator, for Safety Standards and Program Development. [FR Doc. 2010–9631 Filed 4–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35087] Canadian National Railway Company and Grand Trunk Corporation— Control—EJ&E West Company 1 AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board, DOT. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, in the Hearing Room on the first floor of the Board’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The purpose of the hearing is for Canadian National Railway Company (CN) to explain why CN’s submissions to the Board on crossing blockages of 10 minutes or more differ from data automatically reported in its own crossing gates, and why CN did not disclose that it had such information. The meeting will be open for public observation but not public participation. DATES: The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, beginning at 1 p.m. ADDRESS: The meeting will be held in the Hearing Room on the first floor of the Board’s headquarters at Patriot’s Plaza, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Ziehm, Office of Proceedings, Telephone: (202) 245–0391. [Assistance 1 This decision also embraces Elgin, Joliet & E. Ry.—Corporate Family Exemption—EJ&E W. Co., FD 35087 (Sub-No. 1); Chi., Cent. & Pac. R.R.— Trackage Rights Exemption—EJ&E W. Co., FD 35087 (Sub-No. 2); Grand Trunk W. R.R.—Trackage Rights Exemption—EJ&E W. Co., FD 35087 (Sub-No. 3); Ill. Cent. R.R.—Trackage Rights Exemption— EJ&E W. Co., FD 35087 (Sub-No. 4); Wis. Cent. Ltd.—Trackage Rights Exemption—EJ&E W. Co., FD 35087 (Sub-No. 5); EJ&E W. Co.—Trackage Rights Exemption—Chi., Cent. & Pac. R.R., FD 35087 (SubNo. 6); and EJ&E W. Co.—Trackage Rights Exemption—Ill. Cent. R.R., FD 35087 (Sub-No. 7). PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at: (800) 877–8339.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a decision served December 24, 2008, the Board approved, subject to numerous environmental and other conditions, the acquisition of control by CN of EJ&E West Company, a wholly owned, noncarrier subsidiary of Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company (EJ&E). See Canadian Nat’l Ry. & Grand Trunk Corp.—Control—EJ&E W. Co. (Approval Decision), FD 38057, et al. (STB served Dec. 24, 2008). As part of the Approval Decision, the Board established a 5-year monitoring and oversight period to allow the Board to examine closely various aspects of the transaction, including community concerns about post-acquisition increased delay and blockages at the numerous highway/rail at-grade crossings (places where rail lines cross streets at the same level, rather than going over or under the streets) on the former EJ&E line. As part of that oversight process, CN must file monthly status reports on certain operational matters related to the acquisition, including ‘‘the date and descriptive information about each crossing blocking occurrence on the [former] EJ&E rail line that exceeds 10 minutes in duration.’’ Id. at 26. CN also must file quarterly reports on the implementation of the environmental conditions. CN reported in its November 2009 operational report that 4 street crossing blockages of 10 minutes or more occurred because of stopped CN trains on the former EJ&E line. CN’s December 2009 operational report stated that 10 street crossing blockages of 10 minutes or more had occurred as a result of stopped CN trains. Citizens and communities along the former EJ&E line began to voice concerns about the accuracy and completeness of CN’s reports. To investigate, the Board tasked its independent third-party contractor, HDR, Inc. (HDR), to review and audit information provided by CN in its monthly reports for November and December 2009. HDR was specifically instructed to review the information reported by CN on the number of trains operating on the former EJ&E line that caused blockages at highway/rail atgrade crossings for 10 minutes or more.2 HDR’s independent audit report, prepared at the Board’s request, presents 2 The audit also involved vehicle delay and traffic congestion at at-grade crossings; train volumes; noise and vibration caused by CN trains; operational accidents; and appropriate public grade crossing signs. E:\FR\FM\26APN1.SGM 26APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 79 (Monday, April 26, 2010)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-9631]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 Federal Railroad Administration


 Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or 
Modification of a Railroad Signal System or Relief From the 
Requirements of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 236

    Pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 235 and 
49 U.S.C. 20502(a), the following railroad has petitioned the Federal 
Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval for the discontinuance 
or modification of the signal system or relief from the requirements of 
49 CFR part 236, as detailed below.

[Docket Number FRA-2010-0081]

Applicant: Mr. D. C. Francis, Canadian National--North America, System 
Senior Manager S&C Design/Standards, 17641 South Ashland Avenue, 
Homewood, Illinois 60430.

    The Canadian National--North America (CN) seeks temporary relief 
from Sec.  236.301, where signals shall be provided, relative to CN's 
EJ&E Griffith Connection project involving the Matteson Subdivision and 
the South Bend Subdivision. CN has planned construction of a connection 
at Griffith, Station Sign 36.2, on the Matteson Subdivision to route 
trains to and from Kirk Yard via the South Bend Subdivision. CN is 
seeking expedited temporary relief of Sec.  236.301 to allow movements 
to and from Kirk Yard via the South Bend Subdivision using hand-throw 
switches within the interlocking on a proposed new connecting track 
until final construction is complete and the interlocking plant is 
fully in compliance. Upon completion, the hand-throw switches are to be 
replaced with power-operated switches. During the temporary 
installation of the connecting track, train operations will be governed 
as follows: A speed restriction of 20 mph on all routes over the hand-
throw switches on the connecting track; switch circuit controllers on 
the connecting track, which will open the OST input to the appropriate 
microprocessor and put all signals to stop when one or both switches 
are greater than \1/4\'' from normal to full reverse; a temporary track

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circuit will be inserted to cover the trap circuit operation for the 
diamond on the Matteson Subdivision (North Side); fouling circuits will 
be effective on the new connection track; and derails will be installed 
on both ends of the new connecting track. A mandatory directive (GBO) 
will be issued covering the following: No signals will be given for 
trains routed over the new connecting track. All trains routed over the 
new connecting track will be talked by the appropriate Red signal 
governing movements into the interlocking. Highway-rail crossing starts 
on the Matteson Subdivision and South Bend Subdivision will be covered 
by Order.
    Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings 
by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate 
scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since 
the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party 
desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in 
writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for 
their request.
    All communications concerning this proceeding should be identified 
by Docket Number FRA-2010-0081 and may be submitted by one of the 
following methods:
     Web site: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic site;
     Fax: 202-493-2251;
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590; or
     Hand Delivery: Room W12-140 of the U.S. Department of 
Transportation West Building Ground Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.
    Communications received within 30 days of the date of this notice 
will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments 
received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All 
written communications concerning these proceedings are available for 
examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the above 
facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for 
inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility's Web 
site at https://www.regulations.gov.
    FRA wishes to inform all potential commenters that anyone is able 
to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our 
dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 
signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act 
Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 
19477) or at https://www.dot.gov/privacy.html.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 20, 2010.
Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,
Deputy Associate Administrator, for Safety Standards and Program 
Development.
[FR Doc. 2010-9631 Filed 4-23-10; 8:45 am]
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