National Research Advisory Council, Notice of Meeting, 4084 [2016-01297]

Download as PDF 4084 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 15 / Monday, January 25, 2016 / Notices Ultimately, the consistent finding among all the research evaluations is that the brightness of the retroreflective sheeting is the primary factor in nighttime legibility. The presence and availability of two separate letter styles with differing criteria have resulted in significant confusion and inconsistency in highway sign design, fabrication processes, and application. Although the terms of FHWA’s 2004 Interim Approval are explicit, misunderstandings and misapplications of the provisional letter style have resulted. Inconsistent sign design practices are becoming more common and may have coincided with the provisional allowance of an alternative lettering style due to a lack of consistent implementation and inaccurate presumptions that lesser sign design criteria, such as reduced interline and edge spacing, are broadly acceptable. Additionally, many agencies believed that the alternative lettering style should be used in all applications and that all lettering should be displayed in upper and lowercase lettering, regardless of the type of message. There is also considerable confusion that the requirement of the MUTCD to display destination and street names in upper and lowercase lettering equates to the use of the provisional lettering style rather than the Standard Alphabets. In actuality, there is no interdependency between letter style and case. Purpose of This Notification Uniformity in the display of traffic control devices is central to the underlying foundation of the MUTCD. As such, FHWA establishes the criteria therein with uniformity in mind. This uniformity extends not only to the asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES TX–06/0–4984–1. Texas Transportation Institute, January 2006, resubmitted April 2006. VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:09 Jan 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 content of the message displayed, but also to the format and appearance of the display itself. Although seldom specifically identifiable by the motorist, non-uniformity of a sign display or sequence of signs might exhibit itself in less direct ways, such as diminished legibility requiring additional glance time directed toward a sign or group of signs instead of toward the traffic on the road. The FHWA is committed to exploring solutions that can significantly contribute to enhanced road user safety and are readily and feasibly implemented. In this particular case, there is no benefit of the alternative method that cannot be similarly achieved within the established practice. In many cases, the established practice actually demonstrated benefits that the alternative could not achieve. The FHWA believes that devoting further resources to the development of an alternative will not yield dramatically different results that would warrant an institutional change. Conclusion Based on these findings, FHWA does not intend to pursue further consideration, development, or support of an alternative letter style. Accordingly, FHWA discontinues further implementation of an alternative letter style and terminates and rescinds the Interim Approval for new signing installations, except as otherwise provided in the MUTCD. Existing signs that use the provisional letter style and comply with the Interim Approval are unaffected by this action and may remain as long as they are in serviceable condition. This action does not create a mandate for the removal or installation of any sign. This action does not amend any provision of the MUTCD. PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Authority: 23 U.S.C. 101(a), 104, 109(d), 114(a), 217, 315, and 402(a); 23 CFR 1.32; and, 49 CFR 1.85. Issued on: January 15, 2016. Gregory G. Nadeau, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–01383 Filed 1–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS National Research Advisory Council, Notice of Meeting The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2, that the National Research Advisory Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Room 730 at 810 Vermont Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., and is open to the public. Anyone attending must show a valid photo ID to building security and be escorted to the meeting. Please allow 15 minutes before the meeting begins for this process. No time will be allocated at this meeting for receiving oral presentations from the public. Members of the public wanting to attend, or needing further information may contact Pauline Cilladi-Rehrer, Designated Federal Officer, ORD (10P9), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, at (202) 443–5607, or by email at pauline.cilladirehrer@va.gov at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: January 19, 2016. Rebecca Schiller, Advisory Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–01297 Filed 1–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 15 (Monday, January 25, 2016)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS


National Research Advisory Council, Notice of Meeting

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2, that the National 
Research Advisory Council will hold a meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 
2016, in Room 730 at 810 Vermont Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The meeting 
will convene at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., and is open to the 
public. Anyone attending must show a valid photo ID to building 
security and be escorted to the meeting. Please allow 15 minutes before 
the meeting begins for this process.
    No time will be allocated at this meeting for receiving oral 
presentations from the public. Members of the public wanting to attend, 
or needing further information may contact Pauline Cilladi-Rehrer, 
Designated Federal Officer, ORD (10P9), Department of Veterans Affairs, 
810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, at (202) 443-5607, or by 
email at pauline.cilladi-rehrer@va.gov at least 5 days prior to the 
meeting date.

    Dated: January 19, 2016.
Rebecca Schiller,
Advisory Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-01297 Filed 1-22-16; 8:45 am]
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