Designation of the Primary Freight Network, 75442 [2013-29520]

Download as PDF 75442 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [Docket No. FHWA–2013–0050] Designation of the Primary Freight Network Background Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of extension of deadline and comment period. AGENCY: The FHWA is extending the deadline and comment period for the Designation of the highway Primary Freight Network (PFN) notice, which was published on November 19, 2013, at 78 FR 69520. The original comment period is set to close on December 19, 2013. The extension is based on input received from DOT stakeholders that the December 19 closing date does not provide sufficient time for submission of comments to the docket. The FHWA agrees that the deadline and the comment period should be extended. Therefore, the closing date for submission of comments is extended to January 17, 2014, which will provide others interested in commenting additional time to submit comments to the docket. DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2014. ADDRESSES: To ensure that you do not duplicate your docket submissions, please submit them by only one of the following means: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366–9329. • Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket number at the beginning of your comments. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this program, contact Ed Strocko, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations, (202) 366– 2997, or by email at Ed.Strocko@ dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Michael Harkins, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366–4928, or emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:00 Dec 10, 2013 Jkt 232001 by email at Michael.Harkins@dot.gov. Business hours for the FHWA are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 19, 2013, at 78 FR 69520, the FHWA published in the Federal Register a notice on the designation of the highway PFN. The purpose of the notice was to publish the draft initial designation of the highway PFN as required by 23 U.S.C. 167(d), provide information regarding State designation of Critical Rural Freight Corridors (CRFCs) and the establishment of the complete National Freight Network (NFN), and to solicit comments on aspects of the NFN. The five areas for comment are: (1) Specific route deletions, additions, or modifications to the draft initial designation of the highway PFN contained in this notice; (2) the methodology for achieving a 27,000mile final designation; (3) how the NFN and its components could be used by freight stakeholders in the future; (4) how the NFN may fit into a multimodal National Freight System; and (5) suggestions for an urban-area route designation process. The original comment period for the notice closes on December 19, 2013. However, DOT stakeholders have expressed concern that this closing date does not provide sufficient time for submission of comments to the docket. To allow time for interested parties to submit comments, the closing date is changed from December 19, 2013, to January 17, 2014. Authority: 23 U.S.C. 167; Section 1115 of Pub. L. 112–141. Issued on: December 5, 2013. Victor M. Mendez, FHWA Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–29520 Filed 12–10–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Emergency Order No. 29, Notice No. 1] Emergency Order Under 49 U.S.C. 20104 Establishing Requirements for Controlling Passenger Train Speeds and Staffing Locomotive Cabs at Certain Locations on the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Herrmann, Acting Director, Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, Office of Railroad Safety, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, telephone (202) 493–6036; Joseph St. Peter, Trial Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, telephone (202) 493–6047, joseph.st.peter@dot.gov; or Stephen Gordon, Trial Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, telephone (202) 493–6001, stephen.n.gordon@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Introduction FRA has determined that public safety compels issuance of this EO. This determination is made in light of the Metro-North train derailment that occurred in New York on December 1, 2013, which killed four people and injured over 60 others. The preliminary investigation into this derailment indicates that the subject train was traveling approximately 82 mph as it entered a sharp curve where the maximum authorized passenger train speed was 30 mph. This is a serious overspeed event, and when considered in the context of three other accidents that occurred on Metro-North earlier this year, FRA has significant concerns with regard to the railroad’s compliance with Federal railroad safety regulations and the railroad’s own operating rules. These factors lead FRA to the conclusion that additional action is necessary in the form of this EO to eliminate an emergency situation E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2013-0050]


Designation of the Primary Freight Network

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of extension of deadline and comment period.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA is extending the deadline and comment period for the 
Designation of the highway Primary Freight Network (PFN) notice, which 
was published on November 19, 2013, at 78 FR 69520. The original 
comment period is set to close on December 19, 2013. The extension is 
based on input received from DOT stakeholders that the December 19 
closing date does not provide sufficient time for submission of 
comments to the docket. The FHWA agrees that the deadline and the 
comment period should be extended. Therefore, the closing date for 
submission of comments is extended to January 17, 2014, which will 
provide others interested in commenting additional time to submit 
comments to the docket.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2014.

ADDRESSES: To ensure that you do not duplicate your docket submissions, 
please submit them by only one of the following means:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 
20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366-
9329.
     Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket 
number at the beginning of your comments. All comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this program, 
contact Ed Strocko, FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations, 
(202) 366-2997, or by email at Ed.Strocko@dot.gov. For legal questions, 
please contact Michael Harkins, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 
366-4928, or by email at Michael.Harkins@dot.gov. Business hours for 
the FHWA are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On November 19, 2013, at 78 FR 69520, the FHWA published in the 
Federal Register a notice on the designation of the highway PFN.
    The purpose of the notice was to publish the draft initial 
designation of the highway PFN as required by 23 U.S.C. 167(d), provide 
information regarding State designation of Critical Rural Freight 
Corridors (CRFCs) and the establishment of the complete National 
Freight Network (NFN), and to solicit comments on aspects of the NFN. 
The five areas for comment are: (1) Specific route deletions, 
additions, or modifications to the draft initial designation of the 
highway PFN contained in this notice; (2) the methodology for achieving 
a 27,000-mile final designation; (3) how the NFN and its components 
could be used by freight stakeholders in the future; (4) how the NFN 
may fit into a multimodal National Freight System; and (5) suggestions 
for an urban-area route designation process.
    The original comment period for the notice closes on December 19, 
2013. However, DOT stakeholders have expressed concern that this 
closing date does not provide sufficient time for submission of 
comments to the docket. To allow time for interested parties to submit 
comments, the closing date is changed from December 19, 2013, to 
January 17, 2014.

    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 167; Section 1115 of Pub. L. 112-141.

    Issued on: December 5, 2013.
Victor M. Mendez,
FHWA Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-29520 Filed 12-10-13; 8:45 am]
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