Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System, 43654-43655 [2017-19683]

Download as PDF 43654 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 179 / Monday, September 18, 2017 / Notices the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315. V. Preemption During the period the exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation that conflicts with this exemption with respect to a person operating under the exemption. VI. Conclusion Based upon its evaluation of the three exemption applications, FMCSA renews the exemptions of the aforementioned drivers from the Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders requirement in 49 CFR 391.41 (b)(8). In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, each exemption will be valid for two years unless revoked earlier by FMCSA. Issued on: September 8, 2017. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–19762 Filed 9–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2017–0087] sradovich on DSKBBY8HB2PROD with NOTICES Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that on August 10, 2017, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) on behalf of TexRail Commuter Railroad (TEXR) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations for the purchase of eight new trainsets from Stadler Bussnang AG (Stadler). Specifically, TEXR is requesting relief from 49 CFR part 229, Railroad Locomotive Safety Standards (§ 229.47); 49 CFR part 231, Railroad Safety Appliance Standards (§§ 231.14(a)(2), (b)–(d), (f), (g)); and 49 CFR part 238, Passenger Equipment Safety Standards (§ 238.305). FRA assigned the petition docket number FRA–2017–0087. The TexRail commuter rail system consists of a single rail line, running from Fort Worth, Texas, to the DallasFort Worth International Airport (DFW), a distance of 27-miles, with 9 stations. Service is scheduled to begin in December 2018. TexRail will purchase eight new FLIRT Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trainsets manufactured by Stadler in Salt Lake City, Utah. The delivery of vehicles is expected to begin in October 2017 and end in May 2018. TexRail asserts that the FLIRT trainset is a VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:54 Sep 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 service-proven design built to European design standards. It was first delivered to European customers in 2004. There are approximately 1,100 FLIRT trainsets in operation worldwide. TexRail vehicles will be the first FLIRT models in the United States. The new vehicles are designed and built to current European design and regulatory standards, which differ in several areas from current U.S. design standards and regulations. TexRail believes that the design characteristics of the Stadler FLIRT vehicles provide an equivalent or higher level of safety and security to the passengers and crew. TexRail has organized its regulatory compliance efforts into two distinct but related parts: Part 1 represents the ‘‘base’’ compliance assessment effort (this petition) and Part 2 represents a separate petition to utilize Alternative Vehicle Technology crashworthiness technology as outlined in ‘‘Technical Criteria and Procedures for Evaluating the Crashworthiness and Occupant Protection Performance of AlternativelyDesigned Passenger Rail Equipment for Use in Tier I Service’’ and the recent notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on Passenger Equipment Safety Standards; Standards for Alternative Compliance and High-Speed Trainsets (81 FR 88006, December 6, 2016). Noting that certain provisions in 49 CFR part 231 pertaining to safety appliances are statutorily required, and therefore not subject to FRA’s waiver authority, TEXR also requested that FRA exercise its authority under 49 U.S.C. 20306 to exempt TEXR from certain provisions of Chapter 203, Title 49 of the United States Code because the FLIRT DMU vehicles will be equipped with their own array of safety devices resulting in equivalent safety. 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 connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a new 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 PO 00000 Frm 00141 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 November 2, 2017 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered if practicable. 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.). 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 https://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. 2017–19687 Filed 9–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2013–0095] Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System Under part 235 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), this provides the public notice that on July 27, 2017, the Grenada Railroad, LLC (GRYR) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking extension E:\FR\FM\18SEN1.SGM 18SEN1 sradovich on DSKBBY8HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 179 / Monday, September 18, 2017 / Notices of the approval to discontinue or modify a signal system. FRA assigned the petition docket number FRA–2013– 0095. Applicant: Grenada Railroad, LLC, David Michaud, General Counsel, 118 South Clinton Street, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60661. The GRYR seeks an extension of FRA’s approval to discontinue and remove of the automatic block signal (ABS) system between Southaven, Mississippi, milepost (MP) 403.0 and Grenada, Mississippi, MP 617.4. The automatic block signal (ABS) system between Southaven, milepost (MP) 403.0 and Grenada, MS, MP 617.4 is out of service, but remains in place under conditions of FRA’s February 2, 2016, decision letter. The reasons given for the proposed changes were that the GRYR only operates one train a day at any given time, under Track Warrant Control (TWC), making the ABS redundant as well as expensive to maintain, with replacement parts becoming hard to acquire. Grenada Railroad, LLC, was sold to the North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority (NCMRRA). Iowa Pacific Railroad (IPRR) has been designated as the operating railroad for this property by the NCMRRA. 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 Department of Transportation’s Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Ave. 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 connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested parties desire an opportunity for oral comment, 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:54 Sep 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 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 November 2, 2017 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered if practicable. 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.). 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 http://www.regulations.gov/ privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–19683 Filed 9–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2017–0083] Petition for Waiver of Compliance The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is providing notice that on August 16, 2017, the Yadkin Valley Railroad submitted an Informational Filing (IF) pursuant to Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 236.913(j). This submission was assigned docket number FRA–2017–0083. The YVRR submitted an IF requesting FRA approval to conduct field testing of a Train Detection System supplied by Next Generation Rail Technologies S.L. (NGRT) at Bethania Road highway-rail crossing in Rural Hall, North Carolina. YVRR estimates that once installed, it will take seven days to configure the system to current rail traffic. After installation of the system, the proposed period of data collection will be approximately four months. YVRR asserts that its IF addresses all requirements of 49 CFR 236.913(j)(1), PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43655 and that the system will be operating in shadow mode only to collect data, and will not interfere, impact, or communicate with the current signaling system. A copy of the IF and any related documents have been placed in docket number FRA–2017–0083 and are available for public inspection online at www.regulations.gov and in person at the Department of Transportation’s Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Ave. 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. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–19686 Filed 9–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2017–0079] Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System Under part 235 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), this provides the public notice that on July 14, 2017, Ann Arbor Railroad (AARR) and CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) jointly petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval to discontinue or modify a signal system. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2017–0079. Applicants: Ann Arbor Railroad, Mr. John Vance, General Manager, Operations Office, 4058 Chrysler Drive, Toledo, Ohio 43608; CSX Transportation, Director Joint Facilities, 500 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. AARR seeks to modify the Hallett Interlocking, at Toledo, Ohio, by converting power-operated switches numbers 13A, 13B, 15, and 21 to handoperation. AARR signals 10L, 14R, 16L, 18L, 18R, 18RC, and 22R are to be retired with signals 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 installed closer to the diamond. CSXT signals 2L, 4L, and 6R will become CSXT 2, 4, and 6, with new signal 8 installed. CSXT switch #20 to become CSXT switch #3. This modification is to be done in conjunction with the CSXT positive train control (PTC) project. A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the E:\FR\FM\18SEN1.SGM 18SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2013-0095]


Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a 
Railroad Signal System

    Under part 235 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 
and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), this provides the public notice that on July 
27, 2017, the Grenada Railroad, LLC (GRYR) petitioned the Federal 
Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking extension

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of the approval to discontinue or modify a signal system. FRA assigned 
the petition docket number FRA-2013-0095.
    Applicant: Grenada Railroad, LLC, David Michaud, General Counsel, 
118 South Clinton Street, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60661.
    The GRYR seeks an extension of FRA's approval to discontinue and 
remove of the automatic block signal (ABS) system between Southaven, 
Mississippi, milepost (MP) 403.0 and Grenada, Mississippi, MP 617.4.
    The automatic block signal (ABS) system between Southaven, milepost 
(MP) 403.0 and Grenada, MS, MP 617.4 is out of service, but remains in 
place under conditions of FRA's February 2, 2016, decision letter.
    The reasons given for the proposed changes were that the GRYR only 
operates one train a day at any given time, under Track Warrant Control 
(TWC), making the ABS redundant as well as expensive to maintain, with 
replacement parts becoming hard to acquire.
    Grenada Railroad, LLC, was sold to the North Central Mississippi 
Regional Railroad Authority (NCMRRA). Iowa Pacific Railroad (IPRR) has 
been designated as the operating railroad for this property by the 
NCMRRA.
    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 Department of Transportation's 
Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Ave. 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 connection with these proceedings since 
the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested parties 
desire an opportunity for oral comment, 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 November 2, 2017 will be considered by 
FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date 
will be considered if practicable.
    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.). 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 http://www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice for the privacy 
notice of regulations.gov.

Robert C. Lauby,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.
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