Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 68751-68752 [2014-27217]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 222 / Tuesday, November 18, 2014 / Notices 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 January 2, 2015 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 http:// 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). Issued in Washington, DC, on November 12, 2014. Ron Hynes, Director of Technical Oversight. [FR Doc. 2014–27219 Filed 11–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA–2000–7257, Notice No. 78] Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Announcement of Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) Meeting. AGENCY: FRA announces the fiftysecond meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The RSAC meeting topics will include opening remarks from the FRA Administrator, and status reports will be provided by the Tourist and Historic, Recording Devices, and Rail Integrity Working Groups. A status report will also be provided by the Engineering Task Force. FRA will propose a new task for committee consideration regarding remotely controlled locomotives. This agenda is subject to change, including the possible addition of further proposed tasks. DATES: The RSAC meeting is scheduled to commence at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Nov 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 December 4, 2014, and will adjourn by 4:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The RSAC meeting will be held at the National Housing Center, 1201 15th Street NW., Washington, DC 20005. The meeting is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis and is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Sign and oral interpretation can be made available if requested 10 calendar days before the meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenton Kilgore, Acting RSAC Administrative Officer/Coordinator, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Mailstop 25, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493–6286; or Jamie Rennert, Deputy Associate Administrator for Regulatory and Legislative Operations, Office of Railroad Safety, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Mailstop 25, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493–6474. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463), FRA is giving notice of a meeting of the RSAC. The RSAC was established to provide advice and recommendations to FRA on railroad safety matters. The RSAC is composed of 62 voting representatives from 36 member organizations, representing various rail industry perspectives. In addition, there are non-voting advisory representatives from the agencies with railroad safety regulatory responsibility in Canada and Mexico, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the Federal Transit Administration. The diversity of the Committee ensures the requisite range of views and expertise necessary to discharge its responsibilities. See the RSAC Web site for details on prior RSAC activities and pending tasks at http://rsac.fra.dot.gov/. Please refer to the notice published in the Federal Register on March 11, 1996 (61 FR 9740), for additional information about the RSAC. Issued in Washington, DC, on November 12, 2014. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/ Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–27252 Filed 11–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–1999–6253] Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this document provides the public PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68751 notice that the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–1999–6253. UTA, operator of the TRAX light rail system in Salt Lake City, UT, seeks an extension/partial modification of the current terms and conditions of its current Shared Use waiver of compliance from certain provisions of Title 49. The TRAX system is operated with temporal separation on track owned by UTA and shared partially with Utah Railway Company and Savage Bingham & Garfield Railroad Company freight trains dispatched by UTA. Safety oversight of UTA is the responsibility of the Federal Transit Administration via the Utah Department of Transportation as prescribed in 49 CFR Part 659. UTA was granted the original Shared Use waiver by the FRA Railroad Safety Board on August 19, 1999, for the North-South Line; the waiver was modified on March 25, 2011, to include a portion of the MidJordan extension with its additional new Siemens S70 rolling stock. With this request, UTA is modifying the limits of Shared Use of the North-South Line to reflect the cessation of freight service south of 6100 South as part of the new transit-exclusive Draper Extension to the North-South Line. Noting these various operational and infrastructure changes occurring on the TRAX system over the last several years, and the associated modifications to the regulatory relief granted by FRA, UTA is requesting that FRA extend the regulatory relief granted to date related to the TRAX system (inclusive of NorthSouth and Bingham Extension portions that feature nightly freight service and thus a connection with the general railroad system) and coordinate that relief so that all such waivers will expire at the same time—5 years from the date of FRA’s decision letter. UTA submits that the extension and modifications of the waiver sought are in the public interest and consistent with railroad safety because UTA will adopt specific policies and procedures that will provide a level of safety equivalent to that provided by full compliance with FRA regulations. UTA submits that this request is consistent with the waiver process for Shared Use. See Statement of Agency Policy Concerning Jurisdiction Over the Safety of Railroad Passenger Operations and Waivers Related to Shared Use of the Tracks of the General Railroad System by Light Rail and Conventional Equipment, 65 FR 42529 (July 10, 2000); E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 68752 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 222 / Tuesday, November 18, 2014 / Notices see also Joint Statement of Agency Policy Concerning Shared Use of the Tracks of the General Railroad System by Conventional Railroads and Light Rail Transit Systems, 65 FR 42626 (July 10, 2000). Specifically, UTA requests relief from the following provisions of Title 49 of the CFR: Part 210—Railroad Noise Emission Compliance; Part 217— Railroad Operating Rules; Part 218— Railroad Operating Practices; Part 219— Control of Alcohol and Drug Use; Part 220—Railroad Communications; 221.13(d) and 221.14(a) (pertaining to rear end marking devices); 223.9(c), 223.15(c) and 223.17 (pertaining to safety glazing standards and emergency windows); certain aspects of Part 225— Railroad Accidents/Incidents; Part 228—Hours of Service (A–E); 229.46– 229.59, 229.61, 229.65, 229.71, 229.77(b), 229.125, 229.135 (pertaining to locomotive safety standards); 231.14 (pertaining to railroad safety appliance standards); 234.105 (pertaining to grade crossing signal systems safety and activation failures); 238.113, 238.115(b), 238.203, 238.205(b), 238.207, 238.209, 238.211, 238.213, 238.215, 238.217, 238.221, 238.229, 238.231, 238.233, 238.301–238.319 (pertaining to passenger equipment safety standards); Part 239—Passenger Rail Emergency Preparedness; Part 240—Qualification and Certification of Locomotive Engineers; Part 242—Conductor Certification. 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: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Nov 17, 2014 Jkt 235001 • 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 January 2, 2015 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 http:// 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). Issued in Washington, DC, on November 12, 2014. Ron Hynes, Director, Office of Technical Oversight. [FR Doc. 2014–27217 Filed 11–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2014–0106] Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that by a document dated October 16, 2014, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Metro-North Railroad (MNCW) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from several provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations. Specifically, MNCW requests relief from certain provisions of 49 CFR part 240, Qualification and Certification of Locomotive Engineers, and 49 CFR part 242, Qualification and Certification of Conductors. The request was assigned Docket Number FRA–2014–0106. The relief is contingent on MNCW’s implementation of and participation in the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) pilot project. MNCW seeks to shield reporting employees and the railroad from mandatory punitive sanctions that PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 would otherwise arise as provided in 49 CFR 240.117(e)(1)–(4); 240.305(a)(l)–(4) and (a)(6); 240.307; and 242.403(b), (c), (e)(1)–(4), (e)(6)–(11), and (f)(l)–(2). The C3RS pilot project encourages certified operating crew members to report close calls and protect the employees and the railroad from discipline or sanctions arising from the incidents reported per the C3RS Implementing Memorandum of Understanding. 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: http:// 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 within January 2, 2015 of the date of this notice 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 http:// www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov E:\FR\FM\18NON1.SGM 18NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 222 (Tuesday, November 18, 2014)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-1999-6253]


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 the Utah Transit 
Authority (UTA) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration 
(FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal 
railroad safety regulations. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number 
FRA-1999-6253.
    UTA, operator of the TRAX light rail system in Salt Lake City, UT, 
seeks an extension/partial modification of the current terms and 
conditions of its current Shared Use waiver of compliance from certain 
provisions of Title 49. The TRAX system is operated with temporal 
separation on track owned by UTA and shared partially with Utah Railway 
Company and Savage Bingham & Garfield Railroad Company freight trains 
dispatched by UTA. Safety oversight of UTA is the responsibility of the 
Federal Transit Administration via the Utah Department of 
Transportation as prescribed in 49 CFR Part 659. UTA was granted the 
original Shared Use waiver by the FRA Railroad Safety Board on August 
19, 1999, for the North-South Line; the waiver was modified on March 
25, 2011, to include a portion of the Mid-Jordan extension with its 
additional new Siemens S70 rolling stock. With this request, UTA is 
modifying the limits of Shared Use of the North-South Line to reflect 
the cessation of freight service south of 6100 South as part of the new 
transit-exclusive Draper Extension to the North-South Line.
    Noting these various operational and infrastructure changes 
occurring on the TRAX system over the last several years, and the 
associated modifications to the regulatory relief granted by FRA, UTA 
is requesting that FRA extend the regulatory relief granted to date 
related to the TRAX system (inclusive of North-South and Bingham 
Extension portions that feature nightly freight service and thus a 
connection with the general railroad system) and coordinate that relief 
so that all such waivers will expire at the same time--5 years from the 
date of FRA's decision letter. UTA submits that the extension and 
modifications of the waiver sought are in the public interest and 
consistent with railroad safety because UTA will adopt specific 
policies and procedures that will provide a level of safety equivalent 
to that provided by full compliance with FRA regulations. UTA submits 
that this request is consistent with the waiver process for Shared Use. 
See Statement of Agency Policy Concerning Jurisdiction Over the Safety 
of Railroad Passenger Operations and Waivers Related to Shared Use of 
the Tracks of the General Railroad System by Light Rail and 
Conventional Equipment, 65 FR 42529 (July 10, 2000);

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see also Joint Statement of Agency Policy Concerning Shared Use of the 
Tracks of the General Railroad System by Conventional Railroads and 
Light Rail Transit Systems, 65 FR 42626 (July 10, 2000).
    Specifically, UTA requests relief from the following provisions of 
Title 49 of the CFR: Part 210--Railroad Noise Emission Compliance; Part 
217--Railroad Operating Rules; Part 218--Railroad Operating Practices; 
Part 219--Control of Alcohol and Drug Use; Part 220--Railroad 
Communications; 221.13(d) and 221.14(a) (pertaining to rear end marking 
devices); 223.9(c), 223.15(c) and 223.17 (pertaining to safety glazing 
standards and emergency windows); certain aspects of Part 225--Railroad 
Accidents/Incidents; Part 228--Hours of Service (A-E); 229.46-229.59, 
229.61, 229.65, 229.71, 229.77(b), 229.125, 229.135 (pertaining to 
locomotive safety standards); 231.14 (pertaining to railroad safety 
appliance standards); 234.105 (pertaining to grade crossing signal 
systems safety and activation failures); 238.113, 238.115(b), 238.203, 
238.205(b), 238.207, 238.209, 238.211, 238.213, 238.215, 238.217, 
238.221, 238.229, 238.231, 238.233, 238.301-238.319 (pertaining to 
passenger equipment safety standards); Part 239--Passenger Rail 
Emergency Preparedness; Part 240--Qualification and Certification of 
Locomotive Engineers; Part 242--Conductor Certification.
    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: http://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 January 2, 2015 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 http://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).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on November 12, 2014.
Ron Hynes,
Director, Office of Technical Oversight.
[FR Doc. 2014-27217 Filed 11-17-14; 8:45 am]
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