Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 4119-4120 [2018-01581]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 19 / Monday, January 29, 2018 / Notices The FHWA, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), will no longer be preparing an EIS for proposed improvements at the I–39/90 and US 12/ 18 interchange (Beltline Interchange) and adjacent local road systems. This change occurred because of a change in priorities at WisDOT. An EA will be prepared for a proposed improvement project at this location with reduced scope. The agency coordination process outlined in 23 CFR 771.119 will be followed for the EA. Comments and questions concerning this action should be directed to FHWA or WisDOT at the addresses provided above. Authority: This notice is published in accordance with the Federal-Aid Highway Act, as amended (23 U.S.C. 109 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality’s Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500—1508) implementing the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and FHWA’s NEPA implementing regulations (23 CFR part 771). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Issued on: January 22, 2018. Timothy Marshall, Acting Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, Madison, Wisconsin. [FR Doc. 2018–01569 Filed 1–26–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2017–0126] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Petition for Waiver of Compliance In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that on November 6, 2017, the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA), petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from several provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations. Specifically, DCTA requests relief from certain provisions of 49 CFR part 240, Qualification and Certification of Locomotive Engineers, and part 242, Qualification and Certification of Conductors. The request was assigned Docket Number FRA–2017–0126. The relief is requested as part of DCTA’s proposed implementation of and participation in FRA’s Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) pilot project. DCTA seeks to shield reporting employees and the railroad from mandatory punitive sanctions that would otherwise arise as provided in 49 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Jan 26, 2018 Jkt 244001 CFR 240.117(e)(1)–(4); 240.305(a)(l)–(4) and (a)(6); 240.307; 242.403(b), (c), (e)(l)–(4), (e)(6)–(11), (f)(l)–(2) and 242.407. The C3RS pilot project encourages certified operating crew members to report close calls and protect the employees and the railroad from discipline or sanctions arising from the incidents reported per the C3RS Implementing Memorandum of Understanding (IMOU). 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 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, 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: • Website: https:// 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 March 15, 2018 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 PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4119 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 Safety Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–01580 Filed 1–26–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2017–0127] Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that on December 7, 2017, Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad, Inc. (DMVW), 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 229. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2017–0127. Specifically, DMVW seeks a waiver of compliance from a portion of 49 CFR 229.47, Emergency brake valve, for five SD50 locomotive units (Numbers 5408, 5418, 5439, 5451, and 5454) and three SD60 locomotive units (Numbers 5500, 5501, and 5544). The five SD50 units were purchased from Canadian National Railway (CN) on December 4, 2008, and the three SD60 units were also purchased from CN on September 15, 2017. Upon purchase of the three SD60 units, DMVW discovered that CN had a previous waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 229.47 for these units. The eight units now owned and operated by DMVW are all of the same car body type and all are not equipped with the rear conductor brake valve. Each of the units have rear walkways and switch style steps, thus allowing the engineer to see the person riding on the back along with radio communication. These units will be used in road service and will always be paired together. DMVW has been operating the SD50 units for almost 10 years and have not had any incident or reason to need the rear brake valve. DMVW believes that 49 CFR 229.47 pertains to covered car body units with no rear walkway or switch style steps. Therefore, DMVW is requesting a waiver from the requirement that an emergency brake E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM 29JAN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 4120 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 19 / Monday, January 29, 2018 / Notices pipe valve be installed adjacent to the rear door for these eight units. 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: • Website: https:// 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 March 15, 2018 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:// www.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/ VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:19 Jan 26, 2018 Jkt 244001 privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–01581 Filed 1–26–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2018–0003] Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that on December 26, 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–2018–0003. Specifically, Caltrain seeks a waiver of compliance from portions of 49 CFR 238.113(a)(3), Emergency window exits, and 238.114(a)(3), Rescue access windows, for four cars of their new sixcar Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) trainsets. The six-car trainsets consist of two cab cars (A and B) and four coach cars (C, D, E, and F). Each is a multilevel car and contains three types of levels: A lower level, two intermediate levels (on each end), and an upper level. In addition, each car contains both intermediate level doors and lower level doors. However, Caltrain will initially be utilizing only the lower level doors to serve their existing 8-inch platforms. The intermediate level doors will be utilized at some point in the future at high level platforms. Until such time that the intermediate doors are placed in service, passenger flip-up type seats mounted to the floor will be placed adjacent (in front of) to these doors. Since the intermediate levels will be used for passenger seating, each intermediate level is required to have a minimum of two emergency window exits and a minimum of two rescue access windows. Two cars (D and F) are equipped with two windows (one on each side) on the intermediate level that serve as dual-function emergency exit and rescue access windows. The remaining four cars (A, B, C, and E) do not have windows on the intermediate levels due to propulsion equipment occupying space on that level. However, all cars in the EMU trainset are designed with exterior side doors on the intermediate levels (one per side per intermediate level). These doors will be PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 locked and non-operational, and equipped with emergency release handles to allow for manual opening of the doors for emergency egress and rescue access through the doorway. Caltrain states that the intermediate level door arrangement will meet the requirements of 49 CFR 231.112, Door emergency egress and rescue access systems. In addition, emergency exit paths exist by way of the stairs at the intermediate level, which can lead passengers to either the lower level where there are additional doors and emergency exit/access windows, or the upper levels where there are also additional emergency exit/access windows. Lastly, there is an aisle way that leads to the adjacent car that can be used for egress (with exception of the cab car, cab end). Because the intermediate levels are equipped with these features, Caltrain believes that the intent of the emergency egress/access requirements of 49 CFR 238.113 and 238.114 are met and provide an equivalent level of safety to passengers. 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: • Website: https:// 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. E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM 29JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 19 (Monday, January 29, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2017-0127]


Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    Under Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this 
provides the public notice that on December 7, 2017, Dakota, Missouri 
Valley & Western Railroad, Inc. (DMVW), 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 
229. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA-2017-0127.
    Specifically, DMVW seeks a waiver of compliance from a portion of 
49 CFR 229.47, Emergency brake valve, for five SD50 locomotive units 
(Numbers 5408, 5418, 5439, 5451, and 5454) and three SD60 locomotive 
units (Numbers 5500, 5501, and 5544). The five SD50 units were 
purchased from Canadian National Railway (CN) on December 4, 2008, and 
the three SD60 units were also purchased from CN on September 15, 2017. 
Upon purchase of the three SD60 units, DMVW discovered that CN had a 
previous waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 229.47 for these units.
    The eight units now owned and operated by DMVW are all of the same 
car body type and all are not equipped with the rear conductor brake 
valve. Each of the units have rear walkways and switch style steps, 
thus allowing the engineer to see the person riding on the back along 
with radio communication. These units will be used in road service and 
will always be paired together. DMVW has been operating the SD50 units 
for almost 10 years and have not had any incident or reason to need the 
rear brake valve. DMVW believes that 49 CFR 229.47 pertains to covered 
car body units with no rear walkway or switch style steps. Therefore, 
DMVW is requesting a waiver from the requirement that an emergency 
brake

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pipe valve be installed adjacent to the rear door for these eight 
units.
    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:
     Website: https://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 March 15, 2018 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://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. 2018-01581 Filed 1-26-18; 8:45 am]
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