Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Meeting, 14153-14154 [2013-04898]

Download as PDF sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 42 / Monday, March 4, 2013 / Notices components that are not produced in the United States. For the following reasons, FRA is granting IDOT’s Buy America waiver request. In December 2010, IDOT and FRA entered into cooperative agreements to allow IDOT to complete the activities necessary to implement high-speed passenger rail service along Union Pacific Railroad’s (UP) Chicago to St. Louis rail corridor. The project consists of six tasks encompassing infrastructure improvements, station improvements, acquiring rolling stock, communications, and program management. The overall grant for the Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail Corridor development is $1.142 billion. The subject of this waiver is a project within the larger Chicago to St. Louis rail corridor development and pertains to the installation of certain signaling improvements on a demonstration segment between Dwight and Joliet, Illinois. The IDOT contracted with Amtrak, UP, and General Electric Train Systems (GETS) to build and supply onboard equipment to retrofit 20 locomotives with the ITCS for this demonstration. The total cost of the ITCS is $2.5 million. The ITCS system is manufactured by GETS. The ITCS contains several ‘‘end products’’—the onboard equipment, the wayside equipment, and Amtrak’s Departure Testing Center equipment. This means that the manufactured products, e.g., the cables, routers, air filtration system, power supplies, radios, antennae, displays, and sensors, which are assembled into each end product, are components and must be manufactured in the United States. The ITCS’s three end products and the majority of their components are manufactured at various locations in the United States, including Grain Valley and Warrensburg, Missouri; Melbourne, Florida; and Chicago, Illinois. The three components included in IDOT’s Buy America waiver request are: (1) an Ethernet Cable from INET–II Radio to Ethernet Switch; (2) a 900 MHz Omnidirectional antenna; and (3) a RuggedComm RX–1000 router/server combination. The total cost of the nondomestically produced components is approximately $20,000, out of the $2.5 million cost for the ITCS. Section 24405(a)(1) authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to obligate grant funds only if the steel, iron, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States. However, section 24405(a)(2) also permits the Secretary (delegated to the FRA Administrator) to waive the Buy America requirements if the Secretary finds that: (A) applying paragraph one VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:15 Mar 01, 2013 Jkt 229001 would be inconsistent with the public interest; (B) the steel, iron, and goods manufactured in the United States are not produced in sufficient and reasonably available amount or are not of a satisfactory quality; (C) rolling stock or power train equipment cannot be bought or delivered to the United States within a reasonable time; or (D) including domestic material will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent. The FRA believes a waiver is appropriate under 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(2)(B) because off-the-shelf domestically produced components meeting the specific technical and design needs of the ITCS are not available. Moreover, custom-designed components are not ‘‘reasonably available’’ given the short timeframe associated with positive train control (PTC) implementation, low dollar value of the two components as installed on just 20 locomotives, and only one router/server combination is needed for the entire project. The manufacturer of the ITCS, General Electric Transportation Systems (GETS), estimates that it would cost more than $1 million and take approximately six months to one year to accomplish the redesign and testing of parts made by a domestic manufacturer, assuming one would come forth to do so. Additionally, the need to continue the revenue demonstration testing of the ITCS equipment, which is a PTC system that the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires be installed on certain rail lines by December 31, 2015, is essential to continued progress toward implementing this important safety technology. The successful demonstration tests were conducted in October 2012, and any further delay could result in additional costs and risk that the PTC system may not be fully tested for implementation prior to the 2015 statutory deadline. The FRA believes that such costs in both time and money make the components not ‘‘reasonably available’’ and, therefore, a waiver is appropriate. Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(4), FRA will publish this letter granting IDOT’s request in the Federal Register and provide notice of such findings and an opportunity for public comment after which this waiver will become effective. This waiver applies only to the ITCS as installed in the Chicago to St. Louis corridor passenger rail service demonstration segment between Dwight and Joliet and specifically because of the facts and time constraints associated with this limited demonstration project. Any future requests for waivers regarding the ITCS will not be granted PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14153 without a specific showing that domestic products for that particular project are not reasonably available at the time any subsequent request is made and GETS has made significant good faith efforts to secure all domestic components for the ITCS. The FRA encourages GETS to use the services of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology-Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST–MEP). The FRA and NIST–MEP have partnered to increase the domestic manufacturing base for rail rolling stock and rail infrastructure related products. The FRA can facilitate these discussions, as requested. Questions about this letter can be directed to Linda Martin, Senior Attorney-Advisor, at Linda.Martin@dot.gov or 202–493–6062. Sincerely, Joseph C. Szabo, Administrator. This Federal Register notice is issued in Washington, DC on February 26, 2013. Melissa L. Porter, Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–04894 Filed 3–1–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Research and Innovative Technology Administration Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Meeting Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), DOT. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. This notice announces the cancellation of a meeting of the Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS). The meeting was scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. E.S.T. in the DOT Conference Center at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) will reschedule the meeting for a future date. Currently, BTS is developing a draft agenda. 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 performance measures; (4) Update on BTS data programs and future plans (5) Council Members review and discussion of BTS programs and plans; (6) Public Comments and E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 14154 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 42 / Monday, March 4, 2013 / Notices Closing Remarks. Participation is open to the public. Questions about the agenda or possible agenda items may be emailed (Courtney.Freiberg@dot.gov) 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, or faxed to (202) 366–3640. Notice of this meeting is provided in accordance with the FACA and the General Services Administration regulations (41 CFR part 102–103) covering management of Federal advisory committees. Issued in Washington, DC, on February 26, 2013. Rolf Schmitt, Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics. [FR Doc. 2013–04898 Filed 3–1–13; 8:45 am] sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4910–HY–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:15 Mar 01, 2013 Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY United States Mint Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee; Public Meeting Notification of Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee March 11, 2013, Public Meeting. ACTION: Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for March 11, 2013. Date: March 11, 2013. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Conference Room A, United States Mint, 801 9th Street NW., Washington, DC 20220. Subject: Review and consideration of themes for the 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Coin Program; review and consideration of candidate designs for the Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal; review and consideration of candidate designs for the 2013 First Spouse Bullion Coin Program; and review and consideration of candidate reverse designs for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program. Interested persons should call the CCAC HOTLINE at (202) 354–7502 for the latest update on meeting time and room location. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 In accordance with 31 U.S.C. 5135, the CCAC: D Advises the Secretary of the Treasury on any theme or design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals, and national and other medals. D Advises the Secretary of the Treasury with regard to the events, persons, or places to be commemorated by the issuance of commemorative coins in each of the five calendar years succeeding the year in which a commemorative coin designation is made. D Makes recommendations with respect to the mintage level for any commemorative coin recommended. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Norton, United States Mint Liaison to the CCAC; 801 9th Street NW; Washington, DC 20220; or call 202–354– 7200. Any member of the public interested in submitting matters for the CCAC’s consideration is invited to submit them by fax to the following number: 202– 756–6525. Authority: 31 U.S.C. 5135(b)(8)(C). Dated: February 22, 2013. Richard A. Peterson, Acting Director, United States Mint. [FR Doc. 2013–04839 Filed 3–1–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–37–P E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 42 (Monday, March 4, 2013)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04898]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Research and Innovative Technology Administration


Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics; Meeting

AGENCY: Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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    This notice announces the cancellation of a meeting of the Advisory 
Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS). The meeting was scheduled 
for Monday, March 4, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. E.S.T. in the DOT 
Conference Center at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC. The Bureau of Transportation 
Statistics (BTS) will reschedule the meeting for a future date. 
Currently, BTS is developing a draft agenda. 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 
performance measures; (4) Update on BTS data programs and future plans 
(5) Council Members review and discussion of BTS programs and plans; 
(6) Public Comments and

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Closing Remarks. Participation is open to the public.
    Questions about the agenda or possible agenda items may be emailed 
(Courtney.Freiberg@dot.gov) 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, or faxed to (202) 366-3640.
    Notice of this meeting is provided in accordance with the FACA and 
the General Services Administration regulations (41 CFR part 102-103) 
covering management of Federal advisory committees.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 26, 2013.
Rolf Schmitt,
Deputy Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
[FR Doc. 2013-04898 Filed 3-1-13; 8:45 am]
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