Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold, 19138 [2017-08337]

Download as PDF 19138 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 78 / Tuesday, April 25, 2017 / Notices Ebony Coleman, Designated Federal Officer, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, Department of State. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket No. FRA–1999–6439, Notice No. 25] Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold. AGENCY: Under title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Use of Locomotive Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, FRA is updating the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold (NSRT). This action is needed to ensure the public has the proper permissible risk threshold to evaluate risk resulting from prohibiting routine locomotive horn sounding at highway-rail grade crossings located in quiet zones. This is the seventh update to the NSRT and it is increasing from 14,347 to 14,723. DATES: The effective date of this notice is April 25, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ron Ries, Office of Railroad Safety, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493–6299, Ronald.Ries@dot.gov; or Ms. Kathryn Gresham, Office of Chief Counsel, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 493–6038, Kathryn.Gresham@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: nationwide where train horns are routinely sounded. FRA developed this risk index to serve as one threshold of permissible risk for quiet zones established across the nation under 49 CFR part 222, Use of Locomotive Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings. Thus, a community trying to establish and/or maintain its quiet zone, under 49 CFR part 222, can compare the Quiet Zone Risk Index calculated for its specific crossing corridor to the NSRT to determine whether sufficient measures have been taken to compensate for the excess risk that results from prohibiting routine sounding of the locomotive horn. In the alternative, a community can establish its quiet zone in comparison to the Risk Index With Horns, which is defined in 49 CFR 222.9 as a measure of risk to the motoring public when locomotive horns are routinely sounded at every public highway-rail grade crossing within a quiet zone. FRA has periodically updated the NSRT since 2006. FRA last updated the NSRT in 2013, when FRA calculated the NSRT to be 14,347. 78 FR 70623, Nov. 26, 2013. 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Warren, Acting Administrator. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Using collision data over a 5-year period from 2011 to 2015, FRA has recalculated the NSRT based on formulas identified in 49 CFR part 222, appendix D. In making this recalculation, FRA noted the total number of gated crossings nationwide where train horns are routinely sounded was 44,591. Jkt 241001 Notice and request for comments. ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collections and their expected burden. Comments must be submitted on or before May 25, 2017. DATES: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street NW., ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 EN25AP17.002</GPH> Department’’) as set forth in Title 22 of the United States Code, in particular Section 2656 of that Title, and consistent with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix). The approval of this Charter by the Under Secretary for Management constitutes a determination by the Secretary of State that this Committee Charter is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties of the Department. The previous Charter for the Board was established on March 6, 2015. In accordance with Public Law 92–463, Section 14, it has been formally determined to be in the public interest to continue the Charter for another two years. The Charter renewal was approved on April 5, 2017. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket No. FRA-1999-6439, Notice No. 25]


Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold

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

ACTION: Notice of Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold.

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SUMMARY: Under title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Use of Locomotive 
Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, FRA is updating the 
Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold (NSRT). This action is needed to 
ensure the public has the proper permissible risk threshold to evaluate 
risk resulting from prohibiting routine locomotive horn sounding at 
highway-rail grade crossings located in quiet zones. This is the 
seventh update to the NSRT and it is increasing from 14,347 to 14,723.

DATES: The effective date of this notice is April 25, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ron Ries, Office of Railroad 
Safety, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 
493-6299, Ronald.Ries@dot.gov; or Ms. Kathryn Gresham, Office of Chief 
Counsel, FRA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 
493-6038, Kathryn.Gresham@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The NSRT is an average of the risk indexes for gated public 
crossings nationwide where train horns are routinely sounded. FRA 
developed this risk index to serve as one threshold of permissible risk 
for quiet zones established across the nation under 49 CFR part 222, 
Use of Locomotive Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings. Thus, a 
community trying to establish and/or maintain its quiet zone, under 49 
CFR part 222, can compare the Quiet Zone Risk Index calculated for its 
specific crossing corridor to the NSRT to determine whether sufficient 
measures have been taken to compensate for the excess risk that results 
from prohibiting routine sounding of the locomotive horn. In the 
alternative, a community can establish its quiet zone in comparison to 
the Risk Index With Horns, which is defined in 49 CFR 222.9 as a 
measure of risk to the motoring public when locomotive horns are 
routinely sounded at every public highway-rail grade crossing within a 
quiet zone.
    FRA has periodically updated the NSRT since 2006. FRA last updated 
the NSRT in 2013, when FRA calculated the NSRT to be 14,347. 78 FR 
70623, Nov. 26, 2013.

New NSRT

    Using collision data over a 5-year period from 2011 to 2015, FRA 
has recalculated the NSRT based on formulas identified in 49 CFR part 
222, appendix D. In making this recalculation, FRA noted the total 
number of gated crossings nationwide where train horns are routinely 
sounded was 44,591.
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    Applying the fatality rate and injury rate to the probable number 
of fatalities and injuries predicted to occur at each of the 44,591 
identified crossings, and the predicted cost of the associated injuries 
and fatalities, FRA calculates the NSRT is 14,723. Accordingly, this 
updated NSRT value will serve as one threshold of permissible risk for 
quiet zones established across the nation pursuant to 49 CFR part 222.

Patrick T. Warren,
Acting Administrator.
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