Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Notice of Meeting, 10616-10617 [2012-3849]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 10616 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 22, 2012 / Notices Cooper points out that NHTSA has previously granted similar petitions for non-compliances in sidewall marking. In summation, Cooper believes that the described noncompliance of its tires to meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 139 is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety, and that its petition, to exempt from providing recall notification of noncompliance as required by 49 U.S.C. 30118 and remedying the recall noncompliance as required by 49 U.S.C. 30120 should be granted. NHTSA Decision: The agency agrees with Cooper that the noncompliance is inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. The agency believes that the true measure of inconsequentiality to motor vehicle safety in this case is that there is no effect of the noncompliances on the operational safety of the vehicles on which these tires are mounted. The safety of people working in the tire retread, repair, and recycling industries must also be considered. Although tire construction affects the strength and durability, neither the agency nor the tire industry provides information relating tire strength and durability to the number of plies and types of ply cord material in the tread and sidewall. Therefore, tire dealers and customers should consider the tire construction information along with other information such as load capacity, maximum inflation pressure, and tread wear, temperature, and traction ratings, to assess performance capabilities of various tires. In the agency’s judgment, the incorrect labeling of the tire construction information will have an inconsequential effect on motor vehicle safety because most consumers do not base tire purchases or vehicle operation parameters on the ply material in a tire. The agency also believes the noncompliance will have no measurable effect on the safety of the tire retread, repair, and recycling industries. The use of steel cord construction in the sidewall and tread is the primary safety concern of these industries. In this case, since the tire sidewalls do not contain steel plies, this potential safety concern does not exist. NHTSA notes that the statutory provisions (49 U.S.C. 30118(d) and 30120(h)) that permit manufacturers to file petitions for a determination of inconsequentiality allow NHTSA to exempt manufacturers only from the duties found in sections 30118 and 30120, respectively, to notify owners, purchasers, and dealers of a defect or noncompliance and to remedy the defect or noncompliance. Therefore, this VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Feb 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 decision only applies to the 6,964 2 tires that Cooper no longer controlled at the time that it determined that a noncompliance existed in the subject tires. In consideration of the foregoing, NHTSA has decided that Cooper has met its burden of persuasion that the subject FMVSS No. 139 labeling noncompliances are inconsequential to motor vehicle safety. Accordingly, Cooper’s petition is granted and the petitioner is exempted from the obligation of providing notification of, and a remedy for, the subject noncompliance under 49 U.S.C. 30118 and 30120. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30118, 30120: delegations of authority at CFR 1.50 and 501.8. Issued on: February 15, 2012. Claude H. Harris, Director, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. [FR Doc. 2012–4030 Filed 2–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Research and Innovative Technology Administration Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Notice of Meeting Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces, pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 72–363; 5 U.S.C. app. 2), a meeting of the Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS). The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST in the Oklahoma City Room at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC. Section 5601(o) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA–LU) directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish an Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2) to advise the Bureau of 2 Cooper’s petition, which was filed under 49 CFR part 556, requests an agency decision to exempt Cooper as a manufacturer from the notification and recall responsibilities of 49 CFR part 573 for the affected tires. However, a decision on this petition cannot relieve distributors and dealers of the prohibitions on the sale, offer for sale, or introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of the noncompliant tires under their control after Cooper notified them that the subject noncompliance existed. PO 00000 Frm 00145 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Transportation Statistics (BTS) on the quality, reliability, consistency, objectivity, and relevance of transportation statistics and analyses collected, supported, or disseminated by the Bureau and the Department. The following is a summary of the draft meeting agenda: (1) USDOT welcome and introduction of Council Members; (2) Overview of prior meeting; (3) Discussion of the FY 2013 budget; (4) Update on BTS data programs and future plans; (5) Council Members review and discussion of BTS programs and plans; (6) Public Comments and Closing Remarks. Participation is open to the public. Members of the public who wish to participate must notify Courtney Freiberg at Courtney.Freiberg@dot.gov, not later than February 24, 2012. Members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting with the approval of Patricia Hu, Director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Noncommittee members wishing to present oral statements or obtain information should contact Courtney Freiberg via email no later than February 17, 2012. Questions about the agenda or written comments may be emailed or submitted by U.S. Mail to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Attention: Courtney Freiberg, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room # E34–429, Washington, DC 20590, Courtney.Freiberg@dot.gov, or faxed to (202) 366–3640. BTS requests that written comments be received by February 17, 2012. Access to the DOT Headquarters building is controlled; therefore, all persons who plan to attend the meeting must notify Courtney Freiberg at 202–366–1270 prior to February 27, 2012. Individuals attending the meeting must report to the main DOT entrance on New Jersey Avenue SE. for admission to the building. Attendance is open to the public, but limited space is available. Persons with a disability requiring special services, such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired, should contact Courtney Freiberg at 202–366–1270 at least seven calendar days prior to the meeting. Notice of this meeting is provided in accordance with the FACA and the General Services Administration regulations (41 CFR part 102–3) covering management of Federal advisory committees. E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 22, 2012 / Notices Issued in Washington, DC, on the 10th day of February, 2012. Deborah Johnson, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. [FR Doc. 2012–3849 Filed 2–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–HY–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. AB 55 (Sub-No. 714X)] srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES CSX Transportation, Inc.— Abandonment Exemption—in Vermillion County, IL. CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT), has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F— Exempt Abandonments to abandon an approximately 0.4-mile rail line on its Northern Region, Chicago Division, Woodland Subdivision, between mileposts QSK 3.6 and QSK 4.0 at the end of the track, in Danville, Vermillion County, IL. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Code 61832. CSXT has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the line; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7(c) (environmental report), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met. As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line Railroad— Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed. Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, this exemption will be effective on March 23, 2012, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Feb 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 not involve environmental issues,1 formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),2 and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by March 5, 2012. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by March 13, 2012, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to CSXT’s representative: Louis E. Gitomer, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 301, Towson, MD 21204. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. CSXT has filed a combined environmental and historic report which addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. OEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by February 27, 2012. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to OEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423–0001) or by calling OEA at (202) 245–0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service at 1– 800–877–8339. Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public. Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision. Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), CSXT shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If consummation has not been effected by CSXT’s filing of a notice of consummation by February 22, 2013, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: February 13, 2012. 1 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Out-of-Serv. Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption’s effective date. 2 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is currently set at $1,500. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). PO 00000 Frm 00146 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10617 By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2012–3915 Filed 2–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [Docket No. FD 35595] Wellsboro & Corning Railroad, LLC— Acquisition and Operation Exemption—Wellsboro & Corning Railroad Company Wellsboro & Corning Railroad, LLC (WCLLC), a noncarrier, has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1150.31 to acquire from Wellsboro & Corning Railroad Company and to operate approximately 35.5 miles of rail line between milepost 109.90 at Wellsboro, Pa., and milepost 74.70 at Erwin, NY, in Tioga County, PA, and Steuben County, NY. WCLLC states that it intends to interchange traffic with Norfolk Southern Railway Company and Canadian Pacific Railway Company. The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on or after March 7, 2012 (30 days after the notice of exemption was filed). WCLLC certifies that its projected annual revenues as a result of this transaction will not result in its becoming a Class II or Class I rail carrier and will not exceed $5 million. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions to stay must be filed no later than February 29, 2012 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective). An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35595, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Louis E. Gitomer, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 301, Towson, MD 21204. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: February 13, 2012. E:\FR\FM\22FEN1.SGM 22FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 35 (Wednesday, February 22, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 10616-10617]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3849]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Research and Innovative Technology Administration


Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Notice of Meeting

AGENCY: Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), 
Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Notice.

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    This notice announces, pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 72-363; 5 U.S.C. app. 2), a 
meeting of the Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS). 
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
EST in the Oklahoma City Room at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC. Section 5601(o) of the Safe, 
Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy 
for Users (SAFETEA-LU) directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to 
establish an Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics subject to 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2) to advise the 
Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) on the quality, reliability, 
consistency, objectivity, and relevance of transportation statistics 
and analyses collected, supported, or disseminated by the Bureau and 
the Department.
    The following is a summary of the draft meeting agenda: (1) USDOT 
welcome and introduction of Council Members; (2) Overview of prior 
meeting; (3) Discussion of the FY 2013 budget; (4) Update on BTS data 
programs and future plans; (5) Council Members review and discussion of 
BTS programs and plans; (6) Public Comments and Closing Remarks. 
Participation is open to the public. Members of the public who wish to 
participate must notify Courtney Freiberg at Courtney.Freiberg@dot.gov, 
not later than February 24, 2012. Members of the public may present 
oral statements at the meeting with the approval of Patricia Hu, 
Director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Noncommittee 
members wishing to present oral statements or obtain information should 
contact Courtney Freiberg via email no later than February 17, 2012.
    Questions about the agenda or written comments may be emailed or 
submitted by U.S. Mail to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Research 
and Innovative Technology Administration, Bureau of Transportation 
Statistics, Attention: Courtney Freiberg, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Room  E34-429, Washington, DC 20590, 
Courtney.Freiberg@dot.gov, or faxed to (202) 366-3640. BTS requests 
that written comments be received by February 17, 2012. Access to the 
DOT Headquarters building is controlled; therefore, all persons who 
plan to attend the meeting must notify Courtney Freiberg at 202-366-
1270 prior to February 27, 2012. Individuals attending the meeting must 
report to the main DOT entrance on New Jersey Avenue SE. for admission 
to the building. Attendance is open to the public, but limited space is 
available. Persons with a disability requiring special services, such 
as an interpreter for the hearing impaired, should contact Courtney 
Freiberg at 202-366-1270 at least seven calendar days prior to the 
meeting. Notice of this meeting is provided in accordance with the FACA 
and the General Services Administration regulations (41 CFR part 102-3) 
covering management of Federal advisory committees.


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    Issued in Washington, DC, on the 10th day of February, 2012.
Deborah Johnson,
Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2012-3849 Filed 2-21-12; 8:45 am]
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