Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection, 82135-82136 [2010-32723]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 29, 2010 / Notices Frequency: Information is collected on occasion. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 3 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 100 hours. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395–6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Issued in Washington, DC on December 22, 2010. Carla Scott, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, AES–200. [FR Doc. 2010–32854 Filed 12–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [Docket No. FHWA–2010–0172] Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for a New Information Collection Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: 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 are required to publish this notice in the SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 02:10 Dec 29, 2010 Jkt 223001 Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Please submit comments by February 28, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 2010–0172 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. 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: Kevin Douglas, 202–366–2601, Office of Human Environment, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Surface Transportation Environment and Planning (STEP) Cooperative Research Program. Background: Section 5207 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users of 2005 (SAFETEA–LU) established a new cooperative research program for environment and planning research in section 507 of Title 23, United States Code, Highways (23 U.S.C. 507). The general objective of the STEP is to improve understanding of the complex relationship between surface transportation, planning, and the environment. The FHWA anticipates that the STEP program will provide resources for national research on issues related to planning, environment and realty. These resources are likely to be included in future surface transportation legislation. The research program established under this section shall ensure that stakeholders are involved in the governance of the program, at the executive, overall program, and technical levels, through the use of expert panels and committees. FHWA will be collecting feedback via a STEP website on the 18 emphasis areas. This information will PO 00000 Frm 00171 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 82135 be used to identify potential research for an annual Research Plan. The number of stakeholders with an interest in environment and planning research includes three groups: I—Federal Agencies and Tribal Governments II—State and Local Governments III—Nongovernmental Transportation and Environmental Stakeholders Respondents: An estimated 270 participants annually for a total of approximately 810 participants during the three-year period while the OMB clearance is in effect. Frequency: Annually. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 30 minutes each year. Due to the specialized nature of the 18 emphasis areas, most commenters will provide input in only one area. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Approximately 135 hours annually (405 hours total for the threeyear period). Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the U.S. DOT’s performance, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the U.S. DOT’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (3) ways 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. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48. Issued On: December 20, 2010. Juli Huynh, Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division. [FR Doc. 2010–32722 Filed 12–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [Docket No. FHWA–2010–0171] Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for Approval of a New Information Collection Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 82136 ACTION: Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 29, 2010 / Notices Notice of request for comments. The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of a new information collection that is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Please submit comments by February 28, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 2010–0171 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. 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: Allen Greenberg at allen.greenberg@dot.gov or (202) 366– 2425, Office of Operations, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE. Washington, DC 20590, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program initial stage research on the topic of Dynamic Ridesharing. Background: The Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program was established to conduct longer term, higher risk research that will result in potentially dramatic breakthroughs for improving the durability, efficiency, environmental performance, productivity, and safety of highway and intermodal transportation systems. To facilitate identification and assessment of higher-risk, breakthrough research topics, the Program conducts literature reviews, event scanning, and targeted convening. As part of an assessment of potential high-risk, breakthrough research on dynamic ridesharing, the EAR Program is conducting this collection of information on behavioral preferences using focus groups. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 02:10 Dec 29, 2010 Jkt 223001 As a response to the opening of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the Washington, D.C., metro area in the mid-1970s, a unique commuting phenomenon developed: ‘‘slugging.’’ This type of single-trip dynamic carpooling evolved from drivers and passengers coming together to fulfill each party’s needs (i.e., allowing drivers to meet HOV requirements and thus use the express travel lanes and riders to enjoy a free, fast trip to work). Academic and entrepreneurial types alike are looking at ways to facilitate dynamic ridesharing through technological means. Some suggestions for enhancing dynamic ridesharing include website forums that connect drivers with riders and Smartphone applications that would allow drivers and riders to register and connect with each other. These efforts build off of the success of three meeting-place based dynamic ridesharing systems that exist in Houston, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. These three systems have no formal leadership or management; rather they have evolved to fulfill a need for carpools created by the presence of HOV lanes. These naturally occurring dynamic ridesharing systems operate by having drivers and riders meet at central, easily accessible locations such as park and ride lots where they create instantaneous carpools based on desired destinations. The lines are highly successful and have existed for a long time (30+ years in the case of DC), and they are a critical component to these robust dynamic ridesharing systems which serve thousands of commuters each weekday. Despite their success and interesting nature, they have been severely understudied by academics and transportation professionals. Focus group participants will be recruited based on a number of criteria. The primary factor is whether participants have utilized dynamic carpooling, then the frequency of their use and finally whether they work for the federal government or private sector. Participants would not be representing their place of work, and they would be asked to participate as members of the public on their own time outside of work hours. Respondents: The Focus Group will send approximately 108 participants on a three-city tour (Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; and Houston, TX) to study the informal, dynamic carpooling systems in each city. The government expects the contractor to recruit slugging/casual carpooling participants in each city. Frequency: Annually. PO 00000 Frm 00172 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimated Average Burden per Response: There will be approximately 9 focus groups (3 in each city); with each group consisting of 12 participants with a time commitment of 1.5 hours each person. The screening for potential participants will take approximately 5 minutes per person. There will be approximately 108 participants. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The annual burden for the Focus Group would be between 162 hours. The annual burden for screening participants will be 9 hours. Annual Total = 171 hours. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the FHWA’s performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the 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. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48. Issued On: December 22, 2010. Judith Kane, Acting Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division. [FR Doc. 2010–32723 Filed 12–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA–1999–6439, Notice No. 22] Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold. AGENCY: In accordance with Appendix D to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 222, Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, FRA is updating the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold (NSRT). This action is needed to ensure that the public has the proper threshold of permissible risk for calculating quiet zones established in relationship to the NSRT. This is the fourth update to the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2010-0171]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Notice of Request for 
Approval of a New Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

[[Page 82136]]


ACTION: Notice of 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 of a new 
information collection that is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal 
Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by February 28, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
2010-0171 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.
    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: Allen Greenberg at 
allen.greenberg@dot.gov or (202) 366-2425, Office of Operations, 
Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE. Washington, DC 20590, Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program initial stage 
research on the topic of Dynamic Ridesharing.
    Background: The Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program was 
established to conduct longer term, higher risk research that will 
result in potentially dramatic breakthroughs for improving the 
durability, efficiency, environmental performance, productivity, and 
safety of highway and intermodal transportation systems. To facilitate 
identification and assessment of higher-risk, breakthrough research 
topics, the Program conducts literature reviews, event scanning, and 
targeted convening. As part of an assessment of potential high-risk, 
breakthrough research on dynamic ridesharing, the EAR Program is 
conducting this collection of information on behavioral preferences 
using focus groups.
    As a response to the opening of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes 
in the Washington, D.C., metro area in the mid-1970s, a unique 
commuting phenomenon developed: ``slugging.'' This type of single-trip 
dynamic carpooling evolved from drivers and passengers coming together 
to fulfill each party's needs (i.e., allowing drivers to meet HOV 
requirements and thus use the express travel lanes and riders to enjoy 
a free, fast trip to work). Academic and entrepreneurial types alike 
are looking at ways to facilitate dynamic ridesharing through 
technological means. Some suggestions for enhancing dynamic ridesharing 
include website forums that connect drivers with riders and Smartphone 
applications that would allow drivers and riders to register and 
connect with each other. These efforts build off of the success of 
three meeting-place based dynamic ridesharing systems that exist in 
Houston, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. These three systems have no 
formal leadership or management; rather they have evolved to fulfill a 
need for carpools created by the presence of HOV lanes. These naturally 
occurring dynamic ridesharing systems operate by having drivers and 
riders meet at central, easily accessible locations such as park and 
ride lots where they create instantaneous carpools based on desired 
destinations. The lines are highly successful and have existed for a 
long time (30+ years in the case of DC), and they are a critical 
component to these robust dynamic ridesharing systems which serve 
thousands of commuters each weekday. Despite their success and 
interesting nature, they have been severely understudied by academics 
and transportation professionals. Focus group participants will be 
recruited based on a number of criteria. The primary factor is whether 
participants have utilized dynamic carpooling, then the frequency of 
their use and finally whether they work for the federal government or 
private sector. Participants would not be representing their place of 
work, and they would be asked to participate as members of the public 
on their own time outside of work hours.
    Respondents: The Focus Group will send approximately 108 
participants on a three-city tour (Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; 
and Houston, TX) to study the informal, dynamic carpooling systems in 
each city. The government expects the contractor to recruit slugging/
casual carpooling participants in each city.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: There will be approximately 
9 focus groups (3 in each city); with each group consisting of 12 
participants with a time commitment of 1.5 hours each person. The 
screening for potential participants will take approximately 5 minutes 
per person. There will be approximately 108 participants.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: The annual burden for the 
Focus Group would be between 162 hours. The annual burden for screening 
participants will be 9 hours.
    Annual Total = 171 hours.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for the FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the 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. 
The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request 
for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

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

    Issued On: December 22, 2010.
Judith Kane,
Acting Chief, Management Programs and Analysis Division.
[FR Doc. 2010-32723 Filed 12-28-10; 8:45 am]
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