Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 50935-50936 [2017-23845]

Download as PDF asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 211 / Thursday, November 2, 2017 / Notices stand-alone dedicated RailRunner®-only trains, and the operation of RailRunner® equipment commingled with RoadRailer® trains/equipment. CSX has not operated RailRunner® equipment in any capacity to date, but is requesting renewal of this waiver should an operations opportunity be presented. In order to operate RailRunner® equipment, CSX seeks relief from provisions of the Railroad Safety Appliance Standards in 49 CFR part 231 that stipulate the number, location, and dimensions for handholds, ladders, sill steps, uncoupling levers, and handbrakes. CSX also seeks relief from 49 CFR 231.1, which sets the standard height for drawbars. CSX states that this relief is necessary to allow it to operate and commingle the RoadRailer® and RailRunner® equipment on dedicated trains. 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 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. 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 December 18, 2017 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered if practicable. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:28 Nov 01, 2017 Jkt 244001 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.). Under 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. Issued in Washington, DC, on October 26, 2017. John K. Alexy, Director, Office of Safety Analysis. [FR Doc. 2017–23841 Filed 11–1–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2017–0104] Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that on October 2, 2017, Caltrain 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 238. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2017–0104. Caltrain operates commuter rail passenger service throughout California’s Peninsula corridor from San Francisco to Gilroy under the auspices of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB). In this petition, Caltrain seeks a waiver of compliance from a portion of 49 CFR 238.113(a)(2), Emergency window exits, for the Caltrain Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) restroom car. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant restroom facility extends from the exterior side door to nearly the centerline of the car, thus precluding the placement of the emergency window exit in this quadrant of the car in the lower main level. Caltrain believes the intent of the emergency window requirement is met, since the position of the window provides the closest practical fulfillment of the location requirements, without otherwise PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50935 compromising access to either the emergency window exit or the ADA restroom facility. Additionally, passengers have ready access to the exterior side door with a clear opening of 51 inches. However, since the design does not meet the literal interpretation of ‘‘each end (half) of the car,’’ Caltrain is requesting a waiver of this requirement for this restroom car. 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 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. 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 December 18, 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.). Under 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 E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1 50936 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 211 / Thursday, November 2, 2017 / Notices 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. Issued in Washington, DC, on October 26, 2017. John K. Alexy, Director, Office of Safety Analysis. [FR Doc. 2017–23845 Filed 11–1–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2008–0029] asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD 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 October 9, 2017, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS) 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 231, Railroad Safety Appliance Standards. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2008–0029. Specifically, NS is seeking a renewal of its waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 231.1(k) which are the requirements for uncoupling levers for box and other house cars built or placed in service before October 1, 1966. NS seeks this waiver for its Rail Train service, which is non-revenue service operated by NS to deliver sections of continuously welded rail to rail gangs replacing rail throughout the NS system. This equipment has the sole purpose of hauling welded rail sections spanning from car to car throughout the train. Sections of welded rail span several cars at once and the cars serve as a continuous support for the sections of rail while in transit and at the work site. NS requests approval to operate all Rail Trains with uncoupling levers removed from both ends of the rail cars that are coupled to one another in this train service. These trains operate only on NS property in Maintenance of Way service and are not operated in revenue service, nor are they offered to other carriers in interchange. NS states that its process of uncoupling cars allows for safe uncoupling through utilization of Mechanical Department personnel under Blue Flag Protection. Additionally, NS states that there are safety benefits to be gained in granting VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:28 Nov 01, 2017 Jkt 244001 relief from 49 CFR 231.1(k). Namely, the waiver will help prevent unintentional train uncoupling during these operations and the resulting potential employee injuries and damage to rail structure and road bed. 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 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. 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 December 18, 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.). Under 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:// PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 www.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/ privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Issued in Washington, DC. John K. Alexy, Director, Office of Safety Analysis. [FR Doc. 2017–23840 Filed 11–1–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2017–0093] Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that on September 1, 2017, Siemens Rail Automation (Siemens) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR 221.13. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2017–0093. Specifically, Siemens is seeking a waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 221.13(d), ‘‘Marking Device Display,’’ which requires the centroid of the marking device be located a minimum of 48 inches above the top of the rail. Siemens is currently working on new end-of-train device (EOT) models A90385 and A90390 and is proposing the centroid of the marking light be located between 42 inches and 48 inches (final exact height to be determined) above the rail for both of these new EOT models. Siemens states that the reasoning behind this request is that light from the marker in the new EOT, which is the same marker used in the current Q3920 EOT model, will be perceived equally well by a human observer behind the train when the marker is located anywhere between 48 inches and 42 inches above the rail. 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 E:\FR\FM\02NON1.SGM 02NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 211 (Thursday, November 2, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2017-0104]


Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    Under Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this 
provides the public notice that on October 2, 2017, Caltrain 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 238. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number 
FRA-2017-0104.
    Caltrain operates commuter rail passenger service throughout 
California's Peninsula corridor from San Francisco to Gilroy under the 
auspices of the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (JPB). In this 
petition, Caltrain seeks a waiver of compliance from a portion of 49 
CFR 238.113(a)(2), Emergency window exits, for the Caltrain Electric 
Multiple Unit (EMU) restroom car. The Americans With Disabilities Act 
(ADA)-compliant restroom facility extends from the exterior side door 
to nearly the centerline of the car, thus precluding the placement of 
the emergency window exit in this quadrant of the car in the lower main 
level. Caltrain believes the intent of the emergency window requirement 
is met, since the position of the window provides the closest practical 
fulfillment of the location requirements, without otherwise 
compromising access to either the emergency window exit or the ADA 
restroom facility. Additionally, passengers have ready access to the 
exterior side door with a clear opening of 51 inches. However, since 
the design does not meet the literal interpretation of ``each end 
(half) of the car,'' Caltrain is requesting a waiver of this 
requirement for this restroom car.
    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 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. 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 December 18, 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.). 
Under 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

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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.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 26, 2017.
John K. Alexy,
Director, Office of Safety Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2017-23845 Filed 11-1-17; 8:45 am]
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