Notice of Meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS), 13026 [2016-05416]

Download as PDF 13026 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 48 / Friday, March 11, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION Federal Transit Administration Notice of Meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of meeting. This notice announces a public meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). TRACS is a Federal Advisory Committee established to provide information, advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administrator on matters relating to the safety of public transportation systems. DATES: The TRACS meeting will be held on March 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 30, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Bridget Zamperini (see contact information below) by March 18, 2016, if you wish to be added to the visitor’s list to gain access to the meeting. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Association of Home Builders, 1201 15th Street NW., Washington, DC 20005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bridget Zamperini, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight (TSO), Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001 (telephone: 202–366–0306; or email: TRACS@dot.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is provided in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463, 5 U.S.C. App. 2). TRACS is composed of 29 members representing a broad base of expertise necessary to discharge its responsibilities. The tentative agenda for the March 29–30, 2016 meeting of TRACS is set forth below: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Agenda (1) Introductory Remarks (2) Facility Use/Safety Briefing (3) Welcome New Members (4) Updates from the FTA Office of Transit Safety and Oversight (5) Issuance of New Tasks (6) Work Group Discussions (7) Public Comments (8) Summary of Deliverables/ Concluding Remarks Members of the public wishing to attend and/or make an oral statement and participants seeking special accommodations at the meeting must contact Bridget Zamperini by March 18, 2016. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Mar 10, 2016 Jkt 238001 Members of the public may submit written comments or suggestions concerning the activities of TRACS at any time before or after the meeting at TRACS@dot.gov, or to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, Room E45–310, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Attention: Bridget Zamperini. Information from the meeting will be posted on FTA’s public Web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov, on the TRACS Meeting Minutes page. Written comments submitted to TRACS will also be posted at the above web address. Issued under the authority delegated at 49 CFR 1.91. Therese W. McMillan, Acting Administrator. [FR Doc. 2016–05416 Filed 3–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2015–0095; Notice 2] NHTSA Enforcement Guidance Bulletin 2015–01: Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Civil Litigation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Final notice. AGENCY: NHTSA’s ability to identify and define safety-related motor vehicle defects relies in large part on manufacturers’ self-reporting. However, although federal regulations may require them to report certain information to NHTSA, manufacturers do not always do so, or do not do so in a timely manner. Additionally, the information a manufacturer is required to report varies greatly depending on the product and company size and purpose. Given these constraints, safety-related information developed or discovered in private litigation is an important resource for NHTSA. This Enforcement Guidance Bulletin sets forth NHTSA’s recommended guiding principles and best practices to be utilized in the context of private litigation. To the extent protective orders, settlement agreements, or other confidentiality provisions prohibit information obtained in private litigation from being transmitted to NHTSA, such limitations are contrary to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00169 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Procedure, its state corollaries, and sound principles of public policy. Although such restrictions are generally prohibited by applicable rules and law, the Agency recommends that litigants include a specific provision in any protective order or settlement agreement that provides for disclosure of relevant motor vehicle safety information to NHTSA, regardless of any other restrictions on the disclosure or dissemination of such information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kara Fischer, Office of the Chief Counsel, NCC–100, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: 202–366–8726). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 21, 2015, NHTSA published a proposed Enforcement Guidance Bulletin setting forth what the Agency had identified as best practices for private litigants utilizing protective orders and settlement agreements with confidentiality provisions. Recognizing the public interest in this topic, the Agency solicited public comment before issuing a final Enforcement Guidance Bulletin. In response to this request for comment, the Agency received 124 public submissions. Although several comments were submitted after the stated closing date of October 19, 2015, all comments submitted to the Federal Register were considered in formulating this final Enforcement Guidance Bulletin regarding the use of confidentiality provisions in private litigation. While the majority of comments fully supported the Enforcement Guidance as drafted, some opined that the guidance was unnecessary as manufacturers are already required to report certain information to the Agency, and noted that NHTSA possesses the power to request additional information from manufacturers through its investigative authority. However, in order to fully exercise its regulatory authorities and powers, the Agency must be made aware of the need to do so in the first instance. Both Agency experience and that of several other commenters provide several examples of a manufacturer failing to accurately and timely report relevant safety-related information to NHTSA. The Agency cannot request such information from the manufacturer if it is not first made aware of potential underlying safetyrelated issues. Several comments also suggested that NHTSA adopt specific language that could be utilized in protective orders and settlement agreements. Because the facts and circumstances leading to E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION

Federal Transit Administration


Notice of Meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety 
(TRACS)

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces a public meeting of the Transit Advisory 
Committee for Safety (TRACS). TRACS is a Federal Advisory Committee 
established to provide information, advice and recommendations to the 
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal 
Transit Administrator on matters relating to the safety of public 
transportation systems.

DATES: The TRACS meeting will be held on March 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. 
to 5 p.m., and March 30, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Bridget 
Zamperini (see contact information below) by March 18, 2016, if you 
wish to be added to the visitor's list to gain access to the meeting.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Association of Home 
Builders, 1201 15th Street NW., Washington, DC 20005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bridget Zamperini, Office of Transit 
Safety and Oversight (TSO), Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001 (telephone: 202-366-0306; 
or email: TRACS@dot.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is provided in accordance with 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App. 2). 
TRACS is composed of 29 members representing a broad base of expertise 
necessary to discharge its responsibilities. The tentative agenda for 
the March 29-30, 2016 meeting of TRACS is set forth below:

Agenda

(1) Introductory Remarks
(2) Facility Use/Safety Briefing
(3) Welcome New Members
(4) Updates from the FTA Office of Transit Safety and Oversight
(5) Issuance of New Tasks
(6) Work Group Discussions
(7) Public Comments
(8) Summary of Deliverables/Concluding Remarks

    Members of the public wishing to attend and/or make an oral 
statement and participants seeking special accommodations at the 
meeting must contact Bridget Zamperini by March 18, 2016.
    Members of the public may submit written comments or suggestions 
concerning the activities of TRACS at any time before or after the 
meeting at TRACS@dot.gov, or to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 
Federal Transit Administration, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, 
Room E45-310, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. 
Attention: Bridget Zamperini.
    Information from the meeting will be posted on FTA's public Web 
site at http://www.fta.dot.gov, on the TRACS Meeting Minutes page. 
Written comments submitted to TRACS will also be posted at the above 
web address.

    Issued under the authority delegated at 49 CFR 1.91.
Therese W. McMillan,
Acting Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2016-05416 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am]
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