Competitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program, 56574-56575 [2016-19910]

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[FR Doc. 2016–19716 Filed 8–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6116–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:13 Aug 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration 49 CFR Part 269 [Docket No. FRA–2016–0023, Notice No. 3] RIN 2130–AC60 Competitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of public hearing and extension of comment period. AGENCY: On June 22, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would implement a pilot program for competitive selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. FRA is announcing a public hearing to provide interested persons an opportunity to provide oral comments on the proposal. FRA is also announcing an extension of the comment period for this proceeding to allow time for interested parties to submit written comments in response to views or information provided at the public hearing. DATES: A public hearing will be held on September 7, 2016, at 1:45 p.m. in Washington, DC. The comment period for the NPRM published on June 22, 2016, (81 FR 40624) is open through August 22, 2016. Comments in response to views or information provided at the public hearing must be received by October 7, 2016. ADDRESSES: Public Hearing. The public hearing will be held at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Conference Center Room 7, Washington, DC 20590. Comments. You may submit comments identified by Docket Number FRA–2016–0023 by any of the following methods: • Online: Comments should be filed at the Federal eRulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management 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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name, docket name, and docket number or Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for this rulemaking (RIN 2130–AC60). FRA will post all comments received without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading in the ‘‘Supplementary Information’’ section of this document for Privacy Act information about any submitted petitions, comments, or materials. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12– 140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon White, Office of Railroad Policy and Development, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493–1327, Brandon.White@ dot.gov, or Zeb Schorr, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493–6072. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested parties are invited to present oral statements and to offer information and views at the hearing. The hearing will be informal and will be conducted by a representative FRA designates under FRA’s Rules of Practice (49 CFR 211.25). The hearing will be a non-adversarial proceeding. Therefore, there will be no cross examination of persons presenting statements or offering evidence. An FRA representative will make an opening statement outlining the scope of the hearing. After all initial statements are completed those persons wishing to make a brief rebuttal will be given the opportunity to do so in the same order the initial statements were made. FRA will announce additional procedures necessary to conduct the hearing, at the hearing. The purpose of this hearing is to receive oral comments in response to an NPRM for a competitive passenger rail service pilot program. FRA will add a transcript of the discussions to the public docket in this proceeding. Public Participation Procedures. Any person wishing to make a statement at the hearing should notify Mr. White by telephone, email, or in writing, at least 5 working days before the date of the hearing and submit three copies of the E:\FR\FM\22AUP1.SGM 22AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 162 / Monday, August 22, 2016 / Proposed Rules oral statement he or she intends to make at the proceeding. The notification should identify the party the person represents, the particular subject(s) the person plans to address, and the time requested. The notification should also provide the participant’s mailing address and other contact information. FRA reserves the right to limit participation in the hearing of persons who fail to provide such notification. FRA also reserves the right to limit the duration of presentations if necessary to afford all persons with the opportunity to speak. For information on facilities or services for persons with disabilities, or to request special assistance at the hearing, contact FRA Program Analyst, Mr. Kenton Kilgore, by telephone, email, or in writing, at least at least 5 working days before the date of the hearing. Mr. Kilgore can be reached at Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Railroad Safety, Mail Stop 25, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; (202) 493–6286; or Kenton.Kilgore@dot.gov. Extension of Comment Period. The comment period for the NPRM is currently open through August 22, 2016. To accommodate the public hearing and afford interested parties the opportunity to submit comments in response to views or information provided at the public hearing, FRA will extend the comment period. FRA must receive comments in response to views or information provided at the public hearing by October 7, 2016. Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS Privacy Act Anyone can 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 www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may also review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477). Under 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:13 Aug 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 Issued in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2016. Jamie Rennert, Office Director, Office of Program Delivery. [FR Doc. 2016–19910 Filed 8–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Parts 28 and 29 [Docket No. FWS–HQ–NWRS–2012–0086; FXRS12610900000–167–FF09R24000] RIN 1018–AX36 Management of Non-Federal Oil and Gas Rights Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), make available the final environmental impact statement (EIS) on regulations governing the exercise of non-Federal oil and gas rights outside of Alaska in order to improve our ability to protect refuge resources, visitors, and the general public’s health and safety from potential impacts associated with non-Federal oil and gas operations located within refuges. 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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the authority of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Department of the Interior regulations that implement NEPA (part 46 of title 43 of the Code of Federal Regulations) and the National Wildlife DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 56575 Refuge System Administration Act, as amended by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.), we issue this supplementary document. The Environmental Protection Agency will publish similar notification of this action in the Federal Register. Background On February 24, 2014, we issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) (79 FR 10080) to assist us in developing a proposed rule on managing activities associated with nonFederal oil and gas development on lands and waters of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS). 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 162 (Monday, August 22, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 56574-56575]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-19910]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

49 CFR Part 269

[Docket No. FRA-2016-0023, Notice No. 3]
RIN 2130-AC60


Competitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program

AGENCY: Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of public hearing and extension of 
comment period.

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SUMMARY: On June 22, 2016, FRA published a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NPRM) that would implement a pilot program for competitive 
selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more 
than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. FRA is announcing a 
public hearing to provide interested persons an opportunity to provide 
oral comments on the proposal. FRA is also announcing an extension of 
the comment period for this proceeding to allow time for interested 
parties to submit written comments in response to views or information 
provided at the public hearing.

DATES: A public hearing will be held on September 7, 2016, at 1:45 p.m. 
in Washington, DC. The comment period for the NPRM published on June 
22, 2016, (81 FR 40624) is open through August 22, 2016. Comments in 
response to views or information provided at the public hearing must be 
received by October 7, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Public Hearing. The public hearing will be held at the U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Conference 
Center Room 7, Washington, DC 20590.
    Comments. You may submit comments identified by Docket Number FRA-
2016-0023 by any of the following methods:
     Online: Comments should be filed at the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management 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.
    Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name, docket 
name, and docket number or Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for 
this rulemaking (RIN 2130-AC60). FRA will post all comments received 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading in the 
``Supplementary Information'' section of this document for Privacy Act 
information about any submitted petitions, comments, or materials.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or to 
the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West 
Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal Holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon White, Office of Railroad 
Policy and Development, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493-1327, 
Brandon.White@dot.gov, or Zeb Schorr, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal 
Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 
20590, (202) 493-6072.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested parties are invited to present 
oral statements and to offer information and views at the hearing. The 
hearing will be informal and will be conducted by a representative FRA 
designates under FRA's Rules of Practice (49 CFR 211.25). The hearing 
will be a non-adversarial proceeding. Therefore, there will be no cross 
examination of persons presenting statements or offering evidence. An 
FRA representative will make an opening statement outlining the scope 
of the hearing. After all initial statements are completed those 
persons wishing to make a brief rebuttal will be given the opportunity 
to do so in the same order the initial statements were made. FRA will 
announce additional procedures necessary to conduct the hearing, at the 
hearing. The purpose of this hearing is to receive oral comments in 
response to an NPRM for a competitive passenger rail service pilot 
program. FRA will add a transcript of the discussions to the public 
docket in this proceeding.
    Public Participation Procedures. Any person wishing to make a 
statement at the hearing should notify Mr. White by telephone, email, 
or in writing, at least 5 working days before the date of the hearing 
and submit three copies of the

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oral statement he or she intends to make at the proceeding. The 
notification should identify the party the person represents, the 
particular subject(s) the person plans to address, and the time 
requested. The notification should also provide the participant's 
mailing address and other contact information. FRA reserves the right 
to limit participation in the hearing of persons who fail to provide 
such notification. FRA also reserves the right to limit the duration of 
presentations if necessary to afford all persons with the opportunity 
to speak. For information on facilities or services for persons with 
disabilities, or to request special assistance at the hearing, contact 
FRA Program Analyst, Mr. Kenton Kilgore, by telephone, email, or in 
writing, at least at least 5 working days before the date of the 
hearing. Mr. Kilgore can be reached at Federal Railroad Administration, 
Office of Railroad Safety, Mail Stop 25, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590; (202) 493-6286; or Kenton.Kilgore@dot.gov.
    Extension of Comment Period. The comment period for the NPRM is 
currently open through August 22, 2016. To accommodate the public 
hearing and afford interested parties the opportunity to submit 
comments in response to views or information provided at the public 
hearing, FRA will extend the comment period. FRA must receive comments 
in response to views or information provided at the public hearing by 
October 7, 2016.

Privacy Act

    Anyone can 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 www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may also review DOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477). Under 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits 
comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT 
posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information 
the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the 
system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dot.gov/privacy.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2016.
Jamie Rennert,
Office Director, Office of Program Delivery.
[FR Doc. 2016-19910 Filed 8-19-16; 8:45 am]
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