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Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 107 / Monday, June 4, 2018 / Notices qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration’s commitment to improving service delivery. By qualitative feedback we mean information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions, but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study. This feedback will provide insights into customer or stakeholder perceptions, experiences and expectations, provide an early warning of issues with service, or focus attention on areas where communication, training or changes in operations might improve delivery of products or services. These collections will allow for ongoing, collaborative and actionable communications between the Agency and its customers and stakeholders. 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[FR Doc. 2018–11899 Filed 6–1–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2018–0033] 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 March 30, 2018, Michigan State Trust for Railway Preservation, Inc. (MSTP) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR 240.201(d). FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2018–0033. MSTP seeks a waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 240.201(d) which states, ‘‘After December 31, 1991, no railroad shall permit or require any person to operate a locomotive in any class of locomotive or train service unless that person has been certified as a qualified locomotive engineer and issued a certificate that complies with § 240.223.’’ MSTP desires to conduct a ‘‘Hands on the Throttle Program,’’ which would allow ‘‘non-certified’’ individuals to operate a locomotive as a ‘‘Student Locomotive Engineer.’’ MSTP is a non-profit educational corporation which owns and operates steam locomotives. The organization is located at the steam locomotive repair facility in Owosso, Michigan, and connected to the tracks of the Great Lakes Central Railway (GLC). The MSTP does not own or control any trackage, except for the track leads going to the repair shop building and museum. As proposed, MSTP will verify that each participant possesses a valid state issued motor vehicle license, and will have a certified locomotive engineer in the cab at all times. The operations will be conducted on GLC designated tracks during daylight hours with only one locomotive movement at a time, operate at restricted speed, communication will be maintained through the GCL dispatcher, and be afforded blue flag and derail protection. The locomotive will be inspected daily, receive a new PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25733 brake test per participant, and public highway grade crossings will not be involved. MSTP believes that this waiver will enable it to generate needed interest and revenue to teach steam technology to future generations. MSTP also believes these operations will not pose any safety concerns to the public at large. 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 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 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 July 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 E:\FR\FM\04JNN1.SGM 04JNN1 25734 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 107 / Monday, June 4, 2018 / Notices 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. 2018–11886 Filed 6–1–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [Docket No. DOT–OST–2018–0075] Agency Request for Renewal of a Previously Approved Information Collection(s): Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Collections Office of the Secretary, DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew information collections associated with DOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. These collections are: Uniform Report of DBE Awards or Commitments and Payments, the Uniform Certification Application Form, Annual Affidavit of No Change, DOT Personal Net Worth Form, and Reporting Requirements for Percentages of DBEs in Various Categories. All five collections were previously approved under one OMB Control Number to allow DOT to more efficiently administer the DBE program. The information to be collected is necessary because it helps to ensure that State and local recipients that let federally funded contracts carry out their mandated responsibility to provide a level playing field for small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by August 3, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments [identified by Docket No. DOT–OST– 2018–0075] through one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:35 Jun 01, 2018 Jkt 244001 Avenue SE, West Building, Room W12– 140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Marc Pentino, Departmental Office of Civil Rights, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366–6968, or at marc.pentino@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2105–0510. Title: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Collections. Form Numbers: Not applicable. Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection. Background: DOT’s DBE program is mandated by statute, including Section 1101(b) of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (Pub. L. 114–94) and 49 U.S.C. 47113. The Department’s final regulations implementing these statutes are 49 CFR parts 23 and 26. The program is implemented by recipients of DOT financial assistance (State highway agencies, transit authorities, and airports). The ‘‘Uniform Report of DBE Awards or Commitments and Payments’’ is necessary for the Department to be able to carry out its oversight responsibilities. It implements statutory reporting requirements and 49 CFR 26.11, and 26.47. The ‘‘Uniform Certification Application Form’’ is necessary to implement 49 CFR 26.83(c)(2) and determine whether a particular firm qualifies for certification as a DBE. The ‘‘Annual Affidavit of No Change’’ is mandated under 49 CFR 26.83(j) and is necessary to ensure the integrity of the DBE program that requires DBEs annually state that they remain eligible for the program. The ‘‘Personal Net Worth Form’’ is necessary to implement the requirement found in 49 CFR 26.67(a)(2) that a firm applying for DBE status must certify that the personal net worth of the owners does not exceed the current maximum threshold. The ‘‘Percentages of DBEs in Various Categories’’ collection is necessary to implement a long-standing statutory requirement calling on States to report annually, a list of small businesses certified as DBEs that are owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, most recently included at section 1101(b)(4)(A) and (B) of the FAST Act. Submission of this information will also satisfy 49 CFR 26.11(e). The information collections support one of DOT’s strategic objectives of PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 mission efficiency and support. The collection also helps ensure that State and local recipients that let federally funded contracts carry out their mandated responsibility to ensure that only eligible small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals may compete for such contracts as a DBE. The Department anticipates making minor editorial corrections to the forms published in the Code of Federal Regulations; and is seeking public comment on helping us identify any errors to enhance the quality of the collection and program integrity. Uniform Report of DBE Awards/ Commitments and Payments Respondents: DOT financiallyassisted State and local transportation agencies. Number of Respondents: 1,250. Frequency: Once/twice a year. Number of Responses: One/two. Total Annual Burden: 9,000 hours. Uniform Certification Application Form Respondents: Firms applying to be certified as DBEs. Number of Respondents: 9,500. Frequency: Once during initial certification. Number of Responses: One. Total Annual Burden: 76,000 hours. Annual Affidavit of No Change Respondents: Certified DBEs. Number of Respondents: Approximately 38,338 certified DBE firms. Frequency: Once per year. Number of Responses: One. Total Annual Burden: 57,507 hours. Personal Net Worth Form Respondents: Certified DBEs and firms applying to be DBEs. Number of Respondents: 9,500. Frequency: Once per year. Number of Responses: One. Total Annual Burden: 19,000 hours. Percentage of DBEs in Various Categories Respondents: States (through their UCPs). Number of Respondents: 53 (50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). Frequency: Once per year. Number of Responses: One. Total Annual Burden: 161.6 hours. Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the E:\FR\FM\04JNN1.SGM 04JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2018-0033]


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 March 30, 2018, Michigan 
State Trust for Railway Preservation, Inc. (MSTP) petitioned the 
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from 
certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained 
at 49 CFR 240.201(d). FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA-2018-
0033.
    MSTP seeks a waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 240.201(d) which 
states, ``After December 31, 1991, no railroad shall permit or require 
any person to operate a locomotive in any class of locomotive or train 
service unless that person has been certified as a qualified locomotive 
engineer and issued a certificate that complies with Sec.  240.223.'' 
MSTP desires to conduct a ``Hands on the Throttle Program,'' which 
would allow ``non-certified'' individuals to operate a locomotive as a 
``Student Locomotive Engineer.''
    MSTP is a non-profit educational corporation which owns and 
operates steam locomotives. The organization is located at the steam 
locomotive repair facility in Owosso, Michigan, and connected to the 
tracks of the Great Lakes Central Railway (GLC). The MSTP does not own 
or control any trackage, except for the track leads going to the repair 
shop building and museum.
    As proposed, MSTP will verify that each participant possesses a 
valid state issued motor vehicle license, and will have a certified 
locomotive engineer in the cab at all times. The operations will be 
conducted on GLC designated tracks during daylight hours with only one 
locomotive movement at a time, operate at restricted speed, 
communication will be maintained through the GCL dispatcher, and be 
afforded blue flag and derail protection. The locomotive will be 
inspected daily, receive a new brake test per participant, and public 
highway grade crossings will not be involved. MSTP believes that this 
waiver will enable it to generate needed interest and revenue to teach 
steam technology to future generations. MSTP also believes these 
operations will not pose any safety concerns to the public at large.
    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 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 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 July 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

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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. 2018-11886 Filed 6-1-18; 8:45 am]
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