Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 4454-4455 [2017-00693]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 4454 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2017 / Notices 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 parties desire an opportunity for oral comment and a public hearing, 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. 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[FR Doc. 2017–00692 Filed 1–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Jan 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2016–0121] Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with part 211 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that by a document dated December 6, 2016, the Long Island Railroad Company (LIRR) 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 part 214.353(a). FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2016–0121. LIRR submitted this petition for a partial waiver of a new regulation, which will be set forth in 49 CFR 214.353(a) and will go into effect on April 1, 2017, requiring that conductors who act as roadway workers in charge (RWICs) receive annual training as set forth in that section. See 81 FR 37840. LIRR is not requesting a waiver from the portion of the new rule requiring that it provide conductors who act as RWICs the specified training set forth in the rule. LIRR already includes all of those items in its training of assistant conductors prior to their promotion to conductors. In fact, the level of Qualifications/Certifications for LIRR assistant conductors and conductors far exceeds the RWIC requirements, and LIRR conductors are fully qualified on all operating rules and physical characteristics for LIRR’s entire system. LIRR also is revising its syllabus to make sure that, as of April 1, 2017, the refresher training given to conductors includes all of the specified topics, as well as any additional topics recommended in FRA Safety Advisory 2016–02 (See 81 FR 85676). Nor is it requesting a waiver from the portion of the new rule requiring that these individuals be qualified every 3 years and, in fact, will require that they be qualified every 2 years. Finally, LIRR is not requesting that the annual training requirement be waived for LIRR’s roadway workers or any employees (such as non-roadway worker Engineering Department employees) other than conductors who act as RWICs. It is simply requesting that LIRR be permitted to provide the specified training to its conductors who act as RWICs every 2 years. LIRR is making this request because of the difficulty of training all of its 1,200 conductors each year. LIRR currently conducts bi-annual block training, with half of its conductors (600 out of 1,200) trained in 1 year and the other half PO 00000 Frm 00176 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 trained the following year. LIRR also notes that it provides all of them each spring with a ‘‘Roadway Worker Refresher Guide’’ that includes specific RWIC responsibilities. In running its program in this manner, LIRR is able to maintain its 24 hour a day/7 day a week operation of the largest commuter railroad in the United States and carry over 87 million passengers per year. Requiring that all 1,200 conductors receive training each year would force LIRR to hire additional conductors (an expensive and lengthy process) and/or increase overtime (also expensive) to cover the assignments that conductors cannot cover due to the increased training. LIRR also may need to hire additional training personnel and/or limit the amount of time such training personnel can devote to teaching LIRR employees other non-mandated but useful subjects. As a public benefit corporation that receives much of its funding from tax revenues, these added personnel and training costs then would be passed on to the public. LIRR has spoken with officials from The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Division, the union representing LIRR’s conductors. SMART provided a letter in support, and it is available for review in the public docket for this waiver petition. Permitting LIRR to instruct and qualify its conductors who act as RWICs on the items set forth in 49 CFR 214.353, Training and qualification of roadway workers who provide on-track safety for roadway work groups, every 2 years, rather than instruct them every year and qualify them every 3 years, would allow LIRR to maintain the safety of its passengers and employees and also allow it to maintain its operations without the need to: (i) Hire additional conductors and/or training personnel, (ii) increase overtime, or (iii) reduce training in non-mandated areas. As the waiver would be in the public interest and consistent with public safety, LIRR requests that it be granted. 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 E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2017 / Notices connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment and a public hearing, 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 February 27, 2017 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.). In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its processes. 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.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/ privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–00693 Filed 1–12–17; 8:45 am] asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [Docket No. FTA–2015–0030] Award Management Requirements: Availability of Final Circular Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:06 Jan 12, 2017 Jkt 241001 Notice of availability of final circular. ACTION: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site guidance in the form of FTA Circular 5010.1E, ‘‘Award Management Requirements,’’ to facilitate implementation of FTA’s assistance programs. The final Circular updates the ‘‘Grant Management Requirements’’ Circular 5010.1D to reflect various changes in the law, as well as FTA’s transition to a new electronic award management system. DATES: The effective date of the Circular is February 13, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: For program matters, contact Pamela A. Brown, FTA Office of Program Management, at (202) 493– 2503, or pamela.brown@dot.gov. For legal matters, contact Linda W. Sorkin, FTA Attorney Advisor, Office of Chief Counsel, at (202) 366–0959 or linda.sorkin@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Availability of Final Circular This notice provides a summary of the final changes to the Award Management Requirements Circular and responds to comments received on the proposed Circular. The final Circular itself is not included in this notice; instead, an electronic version may be found on FTA’s Web site, at www.transit.dot.gov, and in the docket, at www.regulations.gov. Paper copies of the final Circular may be obtained by contacting FTA’s Administrative Services Help Desk, at (202) 366–4865. Table of Contents I. Overview II. Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis A. General Comments B. Chapter I—Introduction and Background C. Chapter II—Circular Overview D. Chapter III—Administration of the Award E. Chapter IV—Management of the Award F. Chapter V—FTA Oversight G. Chapter VI—Financial Management H. Appendices I. Overview FTA is updating its Award Management Requirements Circular (formerly ‘‘Grant Management Requirements’’ Circular) to incorporate changes to FTA’s programs resulting from enactment of FTA’s most recent authorizing legislation, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. 114–94, Dec. 4, 2015), as well as the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP– 21) (Pub. L. 112–141, July 6, 2012). In addition, the final Circular incorporates PO 00000 Frm 00177 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4455 Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards,’’ 2 CFR part 1201, and changes in the terms as used in FTA’s new electronic award management system, the Transit Award Management System (TrAMS). This notice provides a summary of changes to FTA Circular 5010.1D, ‘‘Grant Management Requirements,’’ and addresses comments received in response to the February 29, 2016, Federal Register notice of proposed circular and request for comments (81 FR 10358). The final Circular 5010.1E, ‘‘Award Management Requirements’’ becomes effective on February 13, 2017 and supersedes Circular 5010.1D. On December 26, 2014, U.S. DOT adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulatory guidance, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards,’’ (Uniform Guidance), 2 CFR part 200, now incorporated by reference in U.S. DOT regulations, 2 CFR part 1201. The Uniform Guidance streamlines and adds to the guidance formerly found in eight OMB Circulars that have been superseded by 2 CFR part 200. While 2 CFR part 1201 adopts most of the Uniform Guidance, part 1201 does contain several DOT-specific provisions. U.S. DOT regulations, 2 CFR part 1201, apply to an FTA award and any amendments thereto signed by an authorized FTA official on or after December 26, 2014. These regulations supersede 49 CFR part 18, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments,’’ and 49 CFR part 19, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other NonProfit Organizations,’’ except that Grants and Cooperative Agreements executed before December 26, 2014, continue to be subject to 49 CFR parts 18 and 19 as in effect on the date of such Grants or Cooperative Agreements. In addition to addressing changes to federal law, the final Circular reflects terminology changes for consistency with FTA’s new electronic award management system, TrAMS. The Circular also clarifies FTA’s requirements and processes, includes FTA policies, and restructures FTA Circular 5010.1D, ‘‘Grant Management Requirements.’’ The final Circular applies to Grants and Cooperative Agreements when program-specific requirements are not addressed in an FTA program-specific Circular. E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2016-0121]


Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    In accordance with part 211 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that by a document 
dated December 6, 2016, the Long Island Railroad Company (LIRR) 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 part 214.353(a). FRA assigned the 
petition Docket Number FRA-2016-0121. LIRR submitted this petition for 
a partial waiver of a new regulation, which will be set forth in 49 CFR 
214.353(a) and will go into effect on April 1, 2017, requiring that 
conductors who act as roadway workers in charge (RWICs) receive annual 
training as set forth in that section. See 81 FR 37840.
    LIRR is not requesting a waiver from the portion of the new rule 
requiring that it provide conductors who act as RWICs the specified 
training set forth in the rule. LIRR already includes all of those 
items in its training of assistant conductors prior to their promotion 
to conductors. In fact, the level of Qualifications/Certifications for 
LIRR assistant conductors and conductors far exceeds the RWIC 
requirements, and LIRR conductors are fully qualified on all operating 
rules and physical characteristics for LIRR's entire system. LIRR also 
is revising its syllabus to make sure that, as of April 1, 2017, the 
refresher training given to conductors includes all of the specified 
topics, as well as any additional topics recommended in FRA Safety 
Advisory 2016-02 (See 81 FR 85676). Nor is it requesting a waiver from 
the portion of the new rule requiring that these individuals be 
qualified every 3 years and, in fact, will require that they be 
qualified every 2 years. Finally, LIRR is not requesting that the 
annual training requirement be waived for LIRR's roadway workers or any 
employees (such as non-roadway worker Engineering Department employees) 
other than conductors who act as RWICs. It is simply requesting that 
LIRR be permitted to provide the specified training to its conductors 
who act as RWICs every 2 years.
    LIRR is making this request because of the difficulty of training 
all of its 1,200 conductors each year. LIRR currently conducts bi-
annual block training, with half of its conductors (600 out of 1,200) 
trained in 1 year and the other half trained the following year. LIRR 
also notes that it provides all of them each spring with a ``Roadway 
Worker Refresher Guide'' that includes specific RWIC responsibilities. 
In running its program in this manner, LIRR is able to maintain its 24 
hour a day/7 day a week operation of the largest commuter railroad in 
the United States and carry over 87 million passengers per year. 
Requiring that all 1,200 conductors receive training each year would 
force LIRR to hire additional conductors (an expensive and lengthy 
process) and/or increase overtime (also expensive) to cover the 
assignments that conductors cannot cover due to the increased training. 
LIRR also may need to hire additional training personnel and/or limit 
the amount of time such training personnel can devote to teaching LIRR 
employees other non-mandated but useful subjects. As a public benefit 
corporation that receives much of its funding from tax revenues, these 
added personnel and training costs then would be passed on to the 
public.
    LIRR has spoken with officials from The International Association 
of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Division, 
the union representing LIRR's conductors. SMART provided a letter in 
support, and it is available for review in the public docket for this 
waiver petition.
    Permitting LIRR to instruct and qualify its conductors who act as 
RWICs on the items set forth in 49 CFR 214.353, Training and 
qualification of roadway workers who provide on-track safety for 
roadway work groups, every 2 years, rather than instruct them every 
year and qualify them every 3 years, would allow LIRR to maintain the 
safety of its passengers and employees and also allow it to maintain 
its operations without the need to: (i) Hire additional conductors and/
or training personnel, (ii) increase overtime, or (iii) reduce training 
in non-mandated areas. As the waiver would be in the public interest 
and consistent with public safety, LIRR requests that it be granted.
    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

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connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to 
warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for 
oral comment and a public hearing, 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 February 27, 2017 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.). 
In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the 
public to better inform its processes. 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.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov.

Robert C. Lauby,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-00693 Filed 1-12-17; 8:45 am]
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