Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 4963-4964 [2017-00874]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 17, 2017 / Notices completing its Post-Delivery Purchaser’s Requirements Certification. In response to comments, FTA made edits for clarity and for consistency with the regulations. Appendix B contains sample preaward and post-delivery certificates and forms. These samples are intended to aid recipients, manufacturers, and suppliers in complying with the 49 CFR parts 661 and 663 requirements, and these samples may be utilized and filled out by these parties, where appropriate. In response to comments, FTA made edits for clarity and for consistency with the regulations. Appendix C contains a sample preaward audit report and a sample postdelivery audit report, including necessary certifications and recommended supporting documentation. In response to comments, FTA made edits for clarity and for consistency with the regulations. FTA also made edits to simplify the sample reports. Ellen Partridge, Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2017–00873 Filed 1–13–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [FTA Docket No.] Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice of request for comments. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the revision of the following information collection: Metropolitan and Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning. DATES: Comments must be submitted before March 20, 2017. ADDRESSES: To ensure that your comments are not entered more than once into the docket, submit comments identified by the docket number by only one of the following methods: 1. Web site: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the U.S. Government electronic docket site. (Note: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:21 Jan 13, 2017 Jkt 241001 electronic docket is no longer accepting electronic comments.) All electronic submissions must be made to the U.S. Government electronic docket site at www.regulations.gov. Commenters should follow the directions below for mailed and hand-delivered comments. 2. Fax: 202–493–2251. 3. Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M–30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. 4. Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M–30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket number for this notice at the beginning of your comments. Submit two copies of your comments if you submit them by mail. For confirmation that FTA has received your comments, include a selfaddressed stamped postcard. Note that all comments received, including any personal information, will be posted and will be available to Internet users, without change, to www.regulations.gov. You may review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published April 11, 2000, (65 FR 19477), or you may visit www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents and comments received, go to www.regulations.gov at any time. Background documents and comments received may also be viewed at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M–30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Metropolitan and Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning—Mr. Dwayne Weeks, Office of Planning and Environment, (202) 493– 0316, or email: dwayne.weeks@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) The necessity and utility of the information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the FTA; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden without reducing the quality of the PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4963 collected information. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection. Title: Metropolitan and Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning (OMB Number: 2132–0529). Background: The FTA and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) jointly carry out the federal mandate to improve urban and rural transportation. 49 U.S.C. 5303 and 5304 and 23 U.S.C. 134 and 135 authorize the use of federal funds to assist Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), States, and local public bodies in developing transportation plans and programs to serve the transportation needs of urbanized areas over 50,000 in population and other areas of States outside of urbanized areas. The information collection activities involved in developing the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) are necessary to identify and evaluate the transportation issues and needs in each urbanized area and throughout every State. These products of the transportation planning process are essential elements in the reasonable planning and programming of federally funded transportation investments. In addition to serving as a management tool for MPOs, the UPWP is used by both FTA and FHWA to monitor the transportation planning activities of MPOs. It also is needed to establish national out year budgets and regional program plans, develop policy on using funds, monitor State and local compliance with technical emphasis areas, respond to Congressional inquiries, prepare Congressional testimony, and ensure efficiency in the use and expenditure of Federal funds by determining that planning proposals are both reasonable and cost-effective. 49 U.S.C. 5303 and 23 U.S.C.134(j) require the development of TIPs for urbanized areas; STIPs are mandated by 49 U.S.C. 5304 and 23 U.S.C. 135(g) for an entire State. After approval by the Governor and MPO, metropolitan TIPs in attainment areas are to be incorporated directly into the STIP. For nonattainment areas, FTA/FHWA must make a conformity finding on the TIPs before including them in the STIP. The complete STIP is then jointly reviewed and approved or disapproved by FTA and FHWA. These conformity findings and approval actions constitute the determination that States are complying E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 4964 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 17, 2017 / Notices with the requirements of 23 U.S.C. 134 and 135 and 49 U.S.C. 5303 and 5304 as a condition of eligibility for federalaid funding. Without these documents, approvals and findings, FTA and FHWA cannot provide capital and/or operating assistance. The FTA and FHWA updated their method for estimating the annual burden hours of the transportation planning programs on respondents to reflect the Final Rule on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Planning. On July 6, 2012, the President signed into law Public Law 112–141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP–21) and on December 4, 2015, signed into law Public Law 114–94, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST). The MAP–21 makes significant changes to the statewide and nonmetropolitan planning process and the metropolitan transportation planning process, and the FAST makes minor changes to existing provisions. As a result, FHWA and FTA have issued a final rule that makes the regulations consistent with current statutory requirements. The rule is central to the implementation of the overall performance management framework created by MAP–21. The changes to the FHWA/FTA statewide and nonmetropolitan and metropolitan transportation planning regulations (23 CFR part 450 and 49 CFR part 613) make the regulations consistent with current statutory requirements. Major regulatory revisions include a new mandate for States and MPOs to take a performance-based approach to planning and programming; a new emphasis on the nonmetropolitan transportation planning process, by requiring States to have a higher level of involvement with nonmetropolitan local officials and providing a process for the creation of regional transportation planning organizations (RTPOs); a structural change to the membership of the larger MPOs; a new framework for voluntary scenario planning; and a process for programmatic mitigation plans. The revised burden hour estimates reflect the annual compliance burden of the requirements in the Final Rule on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Planning published on May 27, 2016. Respondents: State Departments of Transportation and MPOs. Estimated Annual Burden on Respondents: 9,109 hours for each of the 461 respondents. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,199,279 hours. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:21 Jan 13, 2017 Jkt 241001 Frequency: Annual. William Hyre, Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–00874 Filed 1–13–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–57–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Transit Administration [Docket No. FTA–2016–0041] Proposed General Directive 17–1; Stop Signal Overruns on Rail Fixed Guideway Public Transportation Systems Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed general directive; request for comments. AGENCY: FTA has placed in the docket and on its Web site a proposed General Directive to address safety risks associated with stop signal overruns. The proposed directive follows FTA’s review and analysis of data and information submitted in response to the agency’s Safety Advisory 16–1: Stop Signal Overruns, for Rail Fixed Guideway Public Transportation System operations during calendar year 2015. DATES: Comments must be received by March 20, 2017. Any comments filed after this deadline will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Please identify your submission by Docket Number [FTA– 2016–0041] through one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Submit electronic comments and other data to http://www.regulations.gov. • U.S. Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations; U.S. Department of Transportation; 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building, Ground Floor, at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations, U.S. Department of Transportation, at (202) 493–2251. Instructions: You must include the agency name (Federal Transit Administration) and Docket Number (FTA–2016–0041) for this notice at the beginning of your comments. Due to security procedures in effect since October 2001, mail received through the U.S. Postal Service may be subject to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00127 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 delays. Parties submitting comments should consider using an express mail firm to ensure their prompt filing of any submissions not filed electronically or by hand. If you wish to receive confirmation that FTA received your comments, you must include a selfaddressed stamped postcard. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You may review U.S. DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000, at 65 FR 19477 or http:// DocketsInfo.dot.gov. Electronic Access and Filing: This document and all comments received may be viewed online through the Federal eRulemaking portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. Assistance and guidelines for electronic submission and retrieval are available on the Web site 24 hours each day, 365 days a year. Please follow the instructions. An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from the Office of Federal Register’s home page at https:// www.federalregister.gov. For program matters, Candace Key, Acting Director, Office of System Safety, (202) 366–9178 or Candace.Key@dot.gov or Aloha Ley, Chief, Safety Assurance and Risk Management Division, (202) 366– 4979 or Aloha.Ley2@dot.gov. For legal matters, Scott Biehl, Senior Counsel, (202) 366–0826 or Scott.Biehl@dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: In accordance with 49 CFR 670.25, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is proposing a General Directive to address the combination of unsafe conditions and practices that lead to stop signal overruns and the risks of death or personal injury or damage to property or equipment. The proposed directive follows FTA’s review and analysis of data and information submitted in response to the agency’s Safety Advisory 16–1: Stop Signal Overruns, for RFGPTS operations during calendar year 2015. FTA’s review of the data and information gathered in response to Safety Advisory 16–1: Stop Signal Overruns, for rail transit operations during calendar year 2015 indicates that RFGPTSs experience stop signal overruns with varying frequencies, and that most SSOAs do not actively investigate these events. Further, the responses to Safety Advisory 16–1 indicate a lack of standard practice, definitions and requirements in the rail transit industry to protect against unauthorized passing of stop signals. SUPPLEMETARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 10 (Tuesday, January 17, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4963-4964]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-00874]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No.]


Notice of Request for Revision of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration 
(FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
the revision of the following information collection: Metropolitan and 
Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning.

DATES: Comments must be submitted before March 20, 2017.

ADDRESSES: To ensure that your comments are not entered more than once 
into the docket, submit comments identified by the docket number by 
only one of the following methods:
    1. Web site: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for 
submitting comments on the U.S. Government electronic docket site. 
(Note: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) electronic 
docket is no longer accepting electronic comments.) All electronic 
submissions must be made to the U.S. Government electronic docket site 
at www.regulations.gov. Commenters should follow the directions below 
for mailed and hand-delivered comments.
    2. Fax: 202-493-2251.
    3. Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-
140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    4. Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001 between 9:00 a.m. and 
5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
    Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket number 
for this notice at the beginning of your comments. Submit two copies of 
your comments if you submit them by mail. For confirmation that FTA has 
received your comments, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Note 
that all comments received, including any personal information, will be 
posted and will be available to Internet users, without change, to 
www.regulations.gov. You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act 
Statement in the Federal Register published April 11, 2000, (65 FR 
19477), or you may visit www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the 
docket to read background documents and comments received, go to 
www.regulations.gov at any time. Background documents and comments 
received may also be viewed at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001 between 9:00 a.m. 
and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Metropolitan and Statewide and 
Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning--Mr. Dwayne Weeks, Office of 
Planning and Environment, (202) 493-0316, or email: 
dwayne.weeks@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested parties are invited to send 
comments regarding any aspect of this information collection, 
including: (1) The necessity and utility of the information collection 
for the proper performance of the functions of the FTA; (2) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways to 
minimize the collection burden without reducing the quality of the 
collected information. Comments submitted in response to this notice 
will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of 
this information collection.
    Title: Metropolitan and Statewide and Nonmetropolitan 
Transportation Planning (OMB Number: 2132-0529).
    Background: The FTA and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 
jointly carry out the federal mandate to improve urban and rural 
transportation. 49 U.S.C. 5303 and 5304 and 23 U.S.C. 134 and 135 
authorize the use of federal funds to assist Metropolitan Planning 
Organizations (MPOs), States, and local public bodies in developing 
transportation plans and programs to serve the transportation needs of 
urbanized areas over 50,000 in population and other areas of States 
outside of urbanized areas. The information collection activities 
involved in developing the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), the 
Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the Long-Range Statewide 
Transportation Plan, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and 
the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) are necessary 
to identify and evaluate the transportation issues and needs in each 
urbanized area and throughout every State. These products of the 
transportation planning process are essential elements in the 
reasonable planning and programming of federally funded transportation 
investments.
    In addition to serving as a management tool for MPOs, the UPWP is 
used by both FTA and FHWA to monitor the transportation planning 
activities of MPOs. It also is needed to establish national out year 
budgets and regional program plans, develop policy on using funds, 
monitor State and local compliance with technical emphasis areas, 
respond to Congressional inquiries, prepare Congressional testimony, 
and ensure efficiency in the use and expenditure of Federal funds by 
determining that planning proposals are both reasonable and cost-
effective. 49 U.S.C. 5303 and 23 U.S.C.134(j) require the development 
of TIPs for urbanized areas; STIPs are mandated by 49 U.S.C. 5304 and 
23 U.S.C. 135(g) for an entire State. After approval by the Governor 
and MPO, metropolitan TIPs in attainment areas are to be incorporated 
directly into the STIP. For nonattainment areas, FTA/FHWA must make a 
conformity finding on the TIPs before including them in the STIP. The 
complete STIP is then jointly reviewed and approved or disapproved by 
FTA and FHWA. These conformity findings and approval actions constitute 
the determination that States are complying

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with the requirements of 23 U.S.C. 134 and 135 and 49 U.S.C. 5303 and 
5304 as a condition of eligibility for federal-aid funding. Without 
these documents, approvals and findings, FTA and FHWA cannot provide 
capital and/or operating assistance.
    The FTA and FHWA updated their method for estimating the annual 
burden hours of the transportation planning programs on respondents to 
reflect the Final Rule on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation 
Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Planning. On July 6, 2012, the 
President signed into law Public Law 112-141, the Moving Ahead for 
Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and on December 4, 2015, 
signed into law Public Law 114-94, the Fixing America's Surface 
Transportation Act (FAST). The MAP-21 makes significant changes to the 
statewide and nonmetropolitan planning process and the metropolitan 
transportation planning process, and the FAST makes minor changes to 
existing provisions. As a result, FHWA and FTA have issued a final rule 
that makes the regulations consistent with current statutory 
requirements. The rule is central to the implementation of the overall 
performance management framework created by MAP-21.
    The changes to the FHWA/FTA statewide and nonmetropolitan and 
metropolitan transportation planning regulations (23 CFR part 450 and 
49 CFR part 613) make the regulations consistent with current statutory 
requirements. Major regulatory revisions include a new mandate for 
States and MPOs to take a performance-based approach to planning and 
programming; a new emphasis on the nonmetropolitan transportation 
planning process, by requiring States to have a higher level of 
involvement with nonmetropolitan local officials and providing a 
process for the creation of regional transportation planning 
organizations (RTPOs); a structural change to the membership of the 
larger MPOs; a new framework for voluntary scenario planning; and a 
process for programmatic mitigation plans. The revised burden hour 
estimates reflect the annual compliance burden of the requirements in 
the Final Rule on Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning 
and Metropolitan Transportation Planning published on May 27, 2016.
    Respondents: State Departments of Transportation and MPOs.
    Estimated Annual Burden on Respondents: 9,109 hours for each of the 
461 respondents.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,199,279 hours.
    Frequency: Annual.

William Hyre,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-00874 Filed 1-13-17; 8:45 am]
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