Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 45004-45005 [2018-19106]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 45004 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 171 / Tuesday, September 4, 2018 / Notices estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Hall at (940) 594–5913, or by email at: Barbara.L.Hall@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Control Number: 2120–0009. Title: Pilot Schools—FAR 141. Form Numbers: 8420–8. Type of Review: This is a renewal of an existing information collection. Background: The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on June 14, 2018 (83 FR 27820). On June 27, 2018, the FAA published the final rule Regulatory Relief, Aviation Training devices; Pilot Certification, Training, and Pilot Schools; and Other Provisions (83 FR 30232). In that rule, the FAA is amending § 141.5(d) to allow part 141 pilot schools that hold training course approvals for special curricula courses to renew their certificates based on their students’ successful completion of an end-of-course test for these FAA approved courses. In that rule, the FAA further adjusts the number of pilot schools based on population changes, and to account for the change in burden associated with these new courses. We estimate that of the 31 new applications for pilot school certificates, 25% will have special curricula courses that will need to be accounted for in the passage rate required for issuance of a certificate in § 141.5(d). Of the 291 applications for renewal of pilot school certificates, approximately 25% would include special curricula courses that must now be accounted for in the passage rate for renewal of a certificate under § 141.5(d). We estimate that it would take .1 hours to add this special curricula course information to both initial and renewal applications. 8 new applications at .1 hours each = .8 hours 73 applications at .1 hours each (adding special curr.) = 7.3 hours 171.0 hours + 8.1 hours = 180 total burden hours The FAA is also making a burden adjustment to the number of pilot schools, increasing the population from 546 pilot schools to 581 pilot schools. Respondents: 581 pilot schools. Frequency: As needed for new applicants; every 24 months for renewals of existing pilot schools. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:06 Aug 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 Estimated Average Burden per Response: 0.5 hours, + 0.1 hours for special curriculum course information (when applicable). Estimated Total Annual Burden: 31,837 total burden hours. 2,787 total annual reporting burden hours, and 29,050 total annual recordkeeping burden hours. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 23, 2018. Barbara Hall, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP–110. [FR Doc. 2018–19126 Filed 8–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2018–0069] Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that by letter dated August 14, 2018, CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) 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 234. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2018–0069. CSXT seeks a waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 234.247, Purpose of inspections and tests; removal from service of relay or device failing to meet test requirements, to remove approximately 400 stored rail cars and certain railbound equipment from CSXT’s Illinois Subdivision, which is currently discontinued from service between milepost (MP) BC 244.7, near Flora, Clay County, Illinois, and MP BC 327.9, near Caseyville, St. Clair County, pursuant to the Surface Transportation Board’s issuance of two Discontinuance of Service Exemptions dated December 10, 2015 and January 9, 2017, respectively. CSXT notes that numerous communities have raised concerns and requested it remove the stored rail cars and rail-bound equipment. CSXT states that no revenue traffic has moved on the discontinued portion of the Illinois Subdivision since June of 2016. Because CSXT has no current intention of resuming revenue service on this Subdivision, CSXT seeks this relief to remove the cars and rail-bound equipment from its tracks as expeditiously as possible. Specifically, CSXT seeks relief to operate over nonfunctioning highway-rail grade crossings without making inspections PO 00000 Frm 00148 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and tests required in §§ 234.249 through 234.271. To ameliorate any safety concerns, CSXT will make all train moves at 10 miles per hour or less and during daylight hours, work with local authorities to obtain permission to close the roadway at impacted crossings, and will station an employee at each impacted crossing to provide waring to approaching highway traffic and communicate with motorists as needed. 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 party desires 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 October 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.). 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 E:\FR\FM\04SEN1.SGM 04SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 171 / Tuesday, September 4, 2018 / Notices commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dotransportation.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. 2018–19106 Filed 8–31–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2018–0067] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this document provides the public notice that on August 6, 2018, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) received a petition from the San Mateo County Transit District, on behalf of Caltrain, for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR parts 229, 231, and 238. Specifically, Caltrain seeks a waiver of compliance for their new Stadler-built KISS Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) railcars specific to the passenger area emergency brake valve, the clearance above top of rail, and the safety appliances. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA–2018– 0067. First, Caltrain seeks a waiver of compliance from the emergency brake valve requirements of 49 CFR 229.47(b) and 238.305(c)(5), which require certain equipment to be equipped with an emergency brake valve accessible to another crew member in the passenger compartment and have the words ‘‘Emergency Brake Valve’’ legibly stenciled or marked near each valve, or be shown on an adjacent badge plate. The Caltrain EMU utilizes pull handles to provide a means for crew members and passengers to initiate an emergency brake condition. The vehicle is equipped with a modern electropneumatic brake system that does not rely on a conventional train-lined brake pipe to initiate an emergency brake command to the train. Instead, emergency brake commands are transmitted using electronic signals using fail-safe design principles. When a pull handle is activated (or ‘‘pulled’’), propulsion is cut and irretrievable emergency brake is initiated. The handle can only be reset using a crew VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:06 Aug 31, 2018 Jkt 244001 key. There is one emergency brake pull handle per doorway area, four total per car, and each is appropriately stenciled with the nomenclature ‘‘Emergency Brake.’’ Although the Caltrain EMU emergency brake pull handles are not technically ‘‘valves’’ as specified in the regulatory language, Caltrain contends they perform the same function as the required Emergency Brake Valve and satisfy the requirements of 49 CFR 229.47(b) and 238.305(c)(5). Second, Caltrain seeks a waiver of compliance from the clearance abovetop-of-rail (ATOR) requirements of 49 CFR 229.71. The Caltrain EMU will utilize Magnetic Track Brakes that are mounted on each non-powered (i.e., trailer) truck of each car. The track brake has two positions: Stowed and deployed. In its normal stowed position, the track brake is positioned 3.9 inches ATOR. Under maximum permissible wear conditions, the track brake assembly will remain 2.5 inches ATOR. In the deployed position, the track brake is in contact with the top of rail thus violating the minimum required clearance specified in 49 CFR 229.71. Caltrain believes the use of the magnetic track brake enhances the braking capabilities of the vehicle and only violates the required clearance when activated and in use. Third, Caltrain seeks a waiver of compliance from the safety appliance requirements of 49 CFR 229.71(b), Sill steps, (c) Side handholds, (d) End handholds, (f) Side-door steps, and (g) Uncoupling levers, as well as 49 CFR 238.229 and 238.230(d). Caltrain believes sill steps and side handholds are intended to allow railroad employees to ride the outside of the vehicle during switching moves to manually couple/uncouple cars and make up manual hose connections. Similarly, end handholds and uncoupling levers are intended to provide a secure hand grip for a railroad worker while performing manual coupling or uncoupling of conventional rail vehicles where it is necessary for the mechanical end connections to be connected or disconnected manually from the ground by a railway employee. Not only will Caltrain operating rules prohibit personnel to mount the exterior of the EMU, but Caltrain will not use the EMU to make any equipment moves within yards, storage tracks, or other areas where personnel would be required to utilize any exterior steps or handholds. The EMU automatic coupler design allows all mechanical, pneumatic, and electrical end connections to be accomplished without manual intervention and without requiring personnel to leave the vehicle. PO 00000 Frm 00149 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45005 Lastly, the Caltrain EMU vehicle is configured with both high-level and low-level side entry doors. When the EMU is first placed into service, only the low-level doors will be utilized and are accessed from Caltrain’s existing 8inch high platforms. Each low-level side door is equipped with a retractable step to allow passengers to transition from the 8-inch platform to the 22-inch lower-level floor height. The step is located at approximately 16 inches ATOR. In addition, extended vertical handholds are located inside the doorways to facilitate the boarding/ alighting process. Therefore, Caltrain petitions FRA to accept the EMU vehicle without sill steps, side handholds, end handholds, or uncoupling levers. 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 October 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 E:\FR\FM\04SEN1.SGM 04SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 171 (Tuesday, September 4, 2018)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-19106]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2018-0069]


Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this 
provides the public notice that by letter dated August 14, 2018, CSX 
Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) 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 
234. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA-2018-0069.
    CSXT seeks a waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 234.247, Purpose of 
inspections and tests; removal from service of relay or device failing 
to meet test requirements, to remove approximately 400 stored rail cars 
and certain railbound equipment from CSXT's Illinois Subdivision, which 
is currently discontinued from service between milepost (MP) BC 244.7, 
near Flora, Clay County, Illinois, and MP BC 327.9, near Caseyville, 
St. Clair County, pursuant to the Surface Transportation Board's 
issuance of two Discontinuance of Service Exemptions dated December 10, 
2015 and January 9, 2017, respectively. CSXT notes that numerous 
communities have raised concerns and requested it remove the stored 
rail cars and rail-bound equipment.
    CSXT states that no revenue traffic has moved on the discontinued 
portion of the Illinois Subdivision since June of 2016. Because CSXT 
has no current intention of resuming revenue service on this 
Subdivision, CSXT seeks this relief to remove the cars and rail-bound 
equipment from its tracks as expeditiously as possible. Specifically, 
CSXT seeks relief to operate over non-functioning highway-rail grade 
crossings without making inspections and tests required in Sec. Sec.  
234.249 through 234.271. To ameliorate any safety concerns, CSXT will 
make all train moves at 10 miles per hour or less and during daylight 
hours, work with local authorities to obtain permission to close the 
roadway at impacted crossings, and will station an employee at each 
impacted crossing to provide waring to approaching highway traffic and 
communicate with motorists as needed.
    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 party 
desires 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 October 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.). 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

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commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system 
of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
www.dotransportation.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. 2018-19106 Filed 8-31-18; 8:45 am]
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