Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 4727-4728 [2018-01960]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 22 / Thursday, February 1, 2018 / Notices 5517, 5518, 5525, and 5535) that were purchased from Canadian National Railway (CN). These units do not have the required emergency brake valve installed at the rear exit door. NPR is a regional railroad operating on a 350-mile network in North Dakota and western Minnesota. NPR’s primary commodities handled include wheat, soybeans, corn, aggregates, and miscellaneous industrial products. The maximum operating speed on the NPR is 25 miles per hour. NPR has had no history of vandalism, two reportable train accidents since 2013, and an injury frequency rate of under one percent for the last two years. NPR indicates that these units will be used in road service and will be paired together. NPR does not see this waiver of compliance adversely affecting safety. NPR believes that 49 CFR 229.47 was established to provide a crew member a means of initiating an emergency stop when they are unable to give the locomotive operator a visual signal to stop while making a reverse movement. This would only apply to locomotives that do not have an exposed walkway on the end of the car body. The five full body locomotives are all equipped with a walkway and corner steps that provide a position for crew to direct the locomotive engineer while making a reverse movement. Because these end platforms, which are identical to that of a regular body locomotive, are available and equipped with corner steps, NPR crews would not place themselves inside the locomotive engine compartment to direct a reverse movement, thereby making the application of this emergency brake valve meaningless. Therefore, NPR is requesting a waiver from the requirement that an emergency brake pipe valve be installed adjacent to the rear door for these five 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:34 Jan 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 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: 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 March 19, 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. Issued in Washington, DC. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–01962 Filed 1–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2007–27556] Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that on January 17, 2018, SMS Rail Service petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4727 regulations contained at 49 CFR part 223. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2007–27556. Specifically, SMS Rail Service (SLRS) is seeking an extension of its waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 223.11, Requirements for existing locomotives, for the glazing in one of its locomotives, SLRS 412. Locomotive SLRS 412 is a Baldwin VO–1000, built in 1945, and is owned by the United Railroad Historical Society, a non-profit organization. The locomotive is currently out of service; however, SLRS would like to be able to operate it again in limited service should they be able to facilitate repairs. Locomotive SLRS 412 would be operated in limited use and exclusively within the Pureland Industrial Park in Bridgeport, NJ. SLRS represents that there is no history of broken glazing on this railroad, and no overhead bridges or tunnels on the trackage. Maximum operating speed would be 10 miles per hour. 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: 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 March 19, 2018 will be considered by FRA E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1 4728 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 22 / Thursday, February 1, 2018 / Notices 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. Issued in Washington, DC. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–01960 Filed 1–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2018–0005] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that on January 2, 2018, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) 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, Passenger Equipment Safety Standards. FRA assigned the petition docket number FRA–2018–0005. Amtrak plans to lease two articulated Series 8 trainsets from Tren Articulado Ligero Goicoechea Oriol (Talgo) to support its Cascade intercity service. The Cascade service operates between Eugene, OR and Vancouver, BC. The service uses both Talgo Series 6 and Series 8 trainsets. Amtrak currently has two Series 8 trainsets now in service that were purchased by the state of Oregon in 2013. The two train sets to be leased from Talgo were originally built for the state of Wisconsin in 2013 but never purchased. The trainsets have never been operated but have been stored in serviceable condition at the Amtrak Beech Grove facility in Beech Grove, IN. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:34 Jan 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 Amtrak requests relief for the two Talgo Series 8 trainsets from the requirements of 49 CFR 238.131(b), Safety System for Manual and Powered Side Doors—propulsion interlock, which applies to passenger cars beginning service after February 5, 2018, and § 238.133, Exterior side door safety systems—all passenger cars and locomotives used in a passenger service. The Talgo Series 8 trainsets currently in operation have been in service since 2013 and are therefore exempt from the requirements of §§ 238.131(b) and 238.133 because they were ordered prior to April 5, 2016 and placed into service prior to February 5, 2018. The Talgo Series 8 trainsets to be leased are identical to the Series 8 trainsets currently in operation. The relief would apply only to the trainsets to be leased from Talgo that have never been placed in service. 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: • Website: 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 March 19, 2018 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered if practicable. PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. Robert C. Lauby, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–01961 Filed 1–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2002–14116] Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that on January 23, 2018, Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company (GTW), which operates under the trade name Canadian National Railway (CN), has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for an extension of an existing waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR 236.408, Route Locking, and to make the waiver of compliance permanent. FRA assigned the petition docket number FRA–2002–14116. In 2002 CN requested permission to operate the 32nd Street Crossover, power operated switches, at milepost 333.28, in the existing traffic control system, at Port Huron, Michigan, on the Flint Subdivision, Midwest Division, without Route Locking. The request was based on the fact that the crossover design is not uncommon in the railroad industry, and provides all the requisite components and safety features of a standard interlocking, or an electric lock location. FRA initially granted CN’s request in 2003, extending the relief in 2008 and 2013. CN states that it has operated under this waiver for fifteen years without E:\FR\FM\01FEN1.SGM 01FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 22 (Thursday, February 1, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2007-27556]


Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this 
provides the public notice that on January 17, 2018, SMS Rail Service 
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 223. FRA assigned the petition 
Docket Number FRA-2007-27556.
    Specifically, SMS Rail Service (SLRS) is seeking an extension of 
its waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 223.11, Requirements for existing 
locomotives, for the glazing in one of its locomotives, SLRS 412. 
Locomotive SLRS 412 is a Baldwin VO-1000, built in 1945, and is owned 
by the United Railroad Historical Society, a non-profit organization. 
The locomotive is currently out of service; however, SLRS would like to 
be able to operate it again in limited service should they be able to 
facilitate repairs. Locomotive SLRS 412 would be operated in limited 
use and exclusively within the Pureland Industrial Park in Bridgeport, 
NJ. SLRS represents that there is no history of broken glazing on this 
railroad, and no overhead bridges or tunnels on the trackage. Maximum 
operating speed would be 10 miles per hour.
    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: 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 March 19, 2018 will be considered by FRA

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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.

    Issued in Washington, DC.
Robert C. Lauby,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-01960 Filed 1-31-18; 8:45 am]
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