Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 8238-8239 [2014-02865]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 8238 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2014 / Notices Sunday, June 22, 2014, for a NASCAR Special, and on Sunday, August 24, 2014, for an Indy Car Special. The two passenger trains are an 11-car train from and to Sacramento, CA, and a 5-car train from and to San Jose, CA. FRA previously granted an exception to the condition cited above to allow a chartered Amtrak special train a 1-day movement on June 23, 2013, over the Brazos Drawbridge while operating between Sacramento and Sonoma Raceway. That special train was considered a great success, and the Sonoma Raceway has requested SMART’s cooperation in arranging for the operation of two special trains on June 22, 2014, as well as two special trains on August 24, 2014. The intended operating route of these special trains is from Sacramento and San Jose on the Union Pacific Railroad to Suisun-Fairfield, via the California Northern Railroad from Suisun-Fairfield to Brazos Junction, and over SMART trackage from Brazos Junction over the Brazos Drawbridge to Sonoma Raceway and return. As in 2013, a specific operating plan will be in place to ensure correct operation of the Brazos Drawbridge and the safety of train operations, equipment, passenger boarding and alighting, staffing, and raceway access and egress. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at www.regulations.gov and in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. 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 these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received by March 28, 2014 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). See https:// www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov or interested parties may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477). Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–02863 Filed 2–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2013–0128] Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this document provides the public notice that by a document dated October 9, 2013, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR chapter II, subtitle B . The request was assigned Docket Number FRA–2013–0128. Amtrak would like to increase Acela trainset maximum authorized speeds (MAS) on its Northeast Corridor (NEC) in limited locations (in Rhode Island from Kingston Milepost 154.3 to Warwick Milepost 171.7) from 150 mph to 160 mph. As part of this gradual process to safely increase Acela speeds, Amtrak is requesting permission from FRA to permanently waive certain provisions of 49 CFR Chapter II, Subtitle B, particularly the provisions of the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) Final Order of Particular Applicability, which was issued on July 22, 1998 [FRA Docket No. PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 87–2, Notice No.7], for this single location. In 1998, FRA issued an Order of Particular Applicability requiring all trains operating on the NEC between New Haven, CT, and Boston, MA (NEC– North End), to be equipped to respond to Amtrak’s ACSES as a supplement to its Automatic Train Control (ATC) system. In response, Amtrak installed a system designed to enforce civil speed restrictions, both permanent and temporary, and to enforce a positive stop at interlocking home signals. This system was installed and placed in service beginning in 2000 with the startup of premium Acela service. At the same time that ACSES was installed, additional cab signal codes and aspects were provided to support higher speed operations for civil speed enforcement. The combination of ACSES and the existing ATC system, supported by the underlying traffic control system, provided the core requirements of a Positive Train Control system. The ATC system enforces all speeds associated with the signal system preventing trainto-train collisions (49 CFR 236.1005(a)(1)(i)), and the ACSES system prevents trains from passing stop signals at interlocking home signals. ACSES enforces all permanent civil speed restrictions and temporary restrictions (slow orders), thereby preventing overspeed derailments (49 CFR 236.1005(a)(1)(ii)). With time, improvements have been made to the initial ACSES configuration to expedite train movements at home signals and obviate the need for placement of temporary transponders. The current configuration of this technology is known as ACSES II. As part of its risk and hazard assessment, Amtrak recognizes that the safety of the signal and train control system must be established. ACSES and Amtrak’s nine-aspect cab signal/ATC system are presently configured to enforce relevant signals, as well as permanent and temporary speed restrictions, by equipment class. Modifications to the transponder database will be required and existing transponders will be reprogrammed through the affected area. It will be necessary to demonstrate that both systems function as intended through testing designed to validate and verify the modifications. This includes reading transponders and receiving cab signal code at the higher speeds. Furthermore, analysis and testing will be required to associate stopping distances from MAS with existing signal spacing based on all relevant factors. Amtrak will initially seek to gain approval of a test plan for this activity under 49 CFR 236.1035. E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM 11FEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 28 / Tuesday, February 11, 2014 / Notices When the test plan has been successfully completed, Amtrak will make the necessary filings under 49 CFR Part 263 (Subpart I) to obtain safety certification of the newly configured system. Amtrak assumes that successful completion of this work will be a condition on any relief provided under this request becoming effective. This initial step of modifying the provisions of the ACSES Final Order of Particular Applicability will allow Amtrak the ability to collect relevant real-time data as it demonstrates that its Acela operation at a MAS of 160 mph is safe and viable. Amtrak is hoping that increased MAS for Acela service will make better use of limited resources while reducing trip times for NEC riders and will help to build ridership and market share. 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 these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA–2013– 0128) and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received by March 28, 2014 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). See https:// www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov or interested parties may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 Feb 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477). Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–02865 Filed 2–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2012–0021] Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, this document provides the public notice that by a letter dated January 16, 2014, Columbia Business Center Railroad (CBCX) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for an extension of its waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal hours of service laws contained at 49 U.S.C. 21103(a)(4). FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2012– 0021. In its petition, CBCX seeks relief from 49 U.S.C. 21103(a)(4), which in part requires a train employee to receive 48 hours off duty after initiating an on-duty period for 6 consecutive days. Specifically, CBCX seeks a waiver to allow a train employee to initiate an onduty period, each day, for 6 consecutive days followed by 24 hours off duty. In support of its request, CBCX explained that employees covered by the waiver work Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a crew occasionally working on Saturday for 4 hours or less. CBCX also explained that all employees covered by the waiver work well below the Federal 276-hour monthly limit, and since the waiver was granted, no train employee has exceeded 210 hours in any month. Finally, CBCX said that all employees covered by the waiver were provided information about the waiver extension petition, and that there were no objections to the waiver extension by these employees. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at www.regulations.gov and in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by PO 00000 Frm 00089 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8239 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 these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number and may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Web site: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received by March 28, 2014 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and 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.). See https:// www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov or interested parties may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477). Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–02864 Filed 2–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2013–0134] Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this document provides the public notice that by a document dated November 19, 2013, the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad (RBMN) has petitioned the Federal E:\FR\FM\11FEN1.SGM 11FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2013-0128]


Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR), this document provides the public notice that by a document 
dated October 9, 2013, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation 
(Amtrak) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a 
waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad 
safety regulations contained at 49 CFR chapter II, subtitle B . The 
request was assigned Docket Number FRA-2013-0128.
    Amtrak would like to increase Acela trainset maximum authorized 
speeds (MAS) on its Northeast Corridor (NEC) in limited locations (in 
Rhode Island from Kingston Milepost 154.3 to Warwick Milepost 171.7) 
from 150 mph to 160 mph. As part of this gradual process to safely 
increase Acela speeds, Amtrak is requesting permission from FRA to 
permanently waive certain provisions of 49 CFR Chapter II, Subtitle B, 
particularly the provisions of the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement 
System (ACSES) Final Order of Particular Applicability, which was 
issued on July 22, 1998 [FRA Docket No. 87-2, Notice No.7], for this 
single location.
    In 1998, FRA issued an Order of Particular Applicability requiring 
all trains operating on the NEC between New Haven, CT, and Boston, MA 
(NEC-North End), to be equipped to respond to Amtrak's ACSES as a 
supplement to its Automatic Train Control (ATC) system. In response, 
Amtrak installed a system designed to enforce civil speed restrictions, 
both permanent and temporary, and to enforce a positive stop at 
interlocking home signals. This system was installed and placed in 
service beginning in 2000 with the startup of premium Acela service. At 
the same time that ACSES was installed, additional cab signal codes and 
aspects were provided to support higher speed operations for civil 
speed enforcement. The combination of ACSES and the existing ATC 
system, supported by the underlying traffic control system, provided 
the core requirements of a Positive Train Control system. The ATC 
system enforces all speeds associated with the signal system preventing 
train-to-train collisions (49 CFR 236.1005(a)(1)(i)), and the ACSES 
system prevents trains from passing stop signals at interlocking home 
signals. ACSES enforces all permanent civil speed restrictions and 
temporary restrictions (slow orders), thereby preventing overspeed 
derailments (49 CFR 236.1005(a)(1)(ii)). With time, improvements have 
been made to the initial ACSES configuration to expedite train 
movements at home signals and obviate the need for placement of 
temporary transponders. The current configuration of this technology is 
known as ACSES II.
    As part of its risk and hazard assessment, Amtrak recognizes that 
the safety of the signal and train control system must be established. 
ACSES and Amtrak's nine-aspect cab signal/ATC system are presently 
configured to enforce relevant signals, as well as permanent and 
temporary speed restrictions, by equipment class. Modifications to the 
transponder database will be required and existing transponders will be 
reprogrammed through the affected area. It will be necessary to 
demonstrate that both systems function as intended through testing 
designed to validate and verify the modifications. This includes 
reading transponders and receiving cab signal code at the higher 
speeds. Furthermore, analysis and testing will be required to associate 
stopping distances from MAS with existing signal spacing based on all 
relevant factors. Amtrak will initially seek to gain approval of a test 
plan for this activity under 49 CFR 236.1035.

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When the test plan has been successfully completed, Amtrak will make 
the necessary filings under 49 CFR Part 263 (Subpart I) to obtain 
safety certification of the newly configured system. Amtrak assumes 
that successful completion of this work will be a condition on any 
relief provided under this request becoming effective.
    This initial step of modifying the provisions of the ACSES Final 
Order of Particular Applicability will allow Amtrak the ability to 
collect relevant real-time data as it demonstrates that its Acela 
operation at a MAS of 160 mph is safe and viable. Amtrak is hoping that 
increased MAS for Acela service will make better use of limited 
resources while reducing trip times for NEC riders and will help to 
build ridership and market share.
    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 these proceedings should identify the 
appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA-
2013-0128) and may be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Web site: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 
20590.
     Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal Holidays.
    Communications received by March 28, 2014 will be considered by FRA 
before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be 
considered as far as practicable.
    Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written 
communications and comments received into any of our dockets by the 
name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, 
if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
See https://www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice 
of regulations.gov or interested parties may review DOT's complete 
Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 
2000 (65 FR 19477).

Robert C. Lauby,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-02865 Filed 2-10-14; 8:45 am]
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