Petition for Waiver of Compliance, 67766 [2019-26663]

Download as PDF 67766 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Railroad Administration [Docket Number FRA–2019–0103] lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Petition for Waiver of Compliance Under part 211 of title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this provides the public notice that by letter received December 3, 2019, Colorado Pacific Railroad, LLC (CXR) 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–2019–0103. Specifically, CXR seeks a waiver from the requirements of 49 CFR 234.247, Purpose of inspections and tests; removal from service of relay or device failing to meet test requirements. CXR seeks this relief to operate over five nonfunctioning highway-rail grade crossings (HRGC) in Kiowa County, Colorado, without making inspections and tests required in § 234.249 through § 234.271. The line runs from milepost (MP) 747.50 in Towner, Colorado, to NA Junction, Colorado, at MP 869.40. CXR purchased the line in 2017, but it has not yet started operations pending repair and rehabilitation of the tracks that have been neglected for many years. CXR explains the HRGC warning signal system at each of the five locations has been vandalized. CXR intends to rehabilitate the tracks to meet FRA Class 2 standards with 25 miles per hour (MPH) operation, with 10 MPH in Eads, Colorado, and Ordway, Colorado, with an average of one train per day. Applications to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission have been made for the five involved HRGCs. Four of the five applications seek changing the active crossings to passive crossings, and one application seeks to remove the gates, but keep the flashers. CXR explains it only seeks permission to temporarily use flagmen at five HRGCs in relatively small Colorado towns to allow rail service pending the reconstruction of rail signaling and equipment. The expectation is that no more than one train of 25 cars per day would be transported over these HRGCs for a period of 10 weeks. This rail service would be over an approximately 62-mile-long segment of CXR’s 122-mile rail line. This segment extends from Haswell, Colorado, eastward to Towner, Colorado, where the CXR track interchanges with the track of the Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad. CXR states there is a present urgency to permit this rail service. Area wheat VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Dec 10, 2019 Jkt 250001 and milo farmers, in reliance upon restoration of rail service to this territory, have delivered so much grain to one Haswell facility, that it has been necessary to store a veritable mountain of it on the ground. 2019 saw near record rainfall in this territory, resulting in above average harvest amounts. To avoid the waste of these harvested crops, expedited approval of flagman service to allow opening of the railroad to service is necessary. 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 Ave. SE, W12–140, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. Communications received by January 10, 2020 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 PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 www.dot.gov/privacy. See also http:// www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice of regulations.gov. Issued in Washington, DC. John Karl Alexy, Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–26663 Filed 12–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–06–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2019–0029; NHTSA– 2019–0030; Notice 2] Mack Trucks, Inc., and Volvo Trucks North America, Grant of Petitions for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Grant of petitions. AGENCY: Mack Trucks Inc., (Mack) and Volvo Trucks North America (Volvo) have determined that certain model year (MY) 2014–2019 Mack Trucks and certain MY 2014–2019 Volvo Trucks do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 101, Controls and Displays. Both Mack and Volvo filed noncompliance reports dated August 16, 2018, and later amended them on August 23, 2018, and June 2, 2019. Both Mack and Volvo subsequently petitioned NHTSA on October 9, 2018, and later amended their respective petitions on May 29, 2019, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety. This notice announces grant of both Mack and Volvo’s petitions. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Finneran, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance, NHTSA, telephone (202) 366–5289, facsimile (202) 366–3081. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Overview Mack and Volvo have determined that certain MY 2014–2019 Mack Trucks and that certain MY 2014–2019 Volvo Trucks do not comply with Table 2 of FMVSS 101, Controls and Displays (49 CFR 571.101). Both Mack and Volvo filed noncompliance reports dated August 16, 2018, and later amended E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2019-0103]


Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    Under part 211 of title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this 
provides the public notice that by letter received December 3, 2019, 
Colorado Pacific Railroad, LLC (CXR) 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-2019-0103.
    Specifically, CXR seeks a waiver from the requirements of 49 CFR 
234.247, Purpose of inspections and tests; removal from service of 
relay or device failing to meet test requirements. CXR seeks this 
relief to operate over five non-functioning highway-rail grade 
crossings (HRGC) in Kiowa County, Colorado, without making inspections 
and tests required in Sec.  234.249 through Sec.  234.271.
    The line runs from milepost (MP) 747.50 in Towner, Colorado, to NA 
Junction, Colorado, at MP 869.40. CXR purchased the line in 2017, but 
it has not yet started operations pending repair and rehabilitation of 
the tracks that have been neglected for many years.
    CXR explains the HRGC warning signal system at each of the five 
locations has been vandalized. CXR intends to rehabilitate the tracks 
to meet FRA Class 2 standards with 25 miles per hour (MPH) operation, 
with 10 MPH in Eads, Colorado, and Ordway, Colorado, with an average of 
one train per day. Applications to the Colorado Public Utilities 
Commission have been made for the five involved HRGCs. Four of the five 
applications seek changing the active crossings to passive crossings, 
and one application seeks to remove the gates, but keep the flashers.
    CXR explains it only seeks permission to temporarily use flagmen at 
five HRGCs in relatively small Colorado towns to allow rail service 
pending the reconstruction of rail signaling and equipment. The 
expectation is that no more than one train of 25 cars per day would be 
transported over these HRGCs for a period of 10 weeks. This rail 
service would be over an approximately 62-mile-long segment of CXR's 
122-mile rail line. This segment extends from Haswell, Colorado, 
eastward to Towner, Colorado, where the CXR track interchanges with the 
track of the Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad.
    CXR states there is a present urgency to permit this rail service. 
Area wheat and milo farmers, in reliance upon restoration of rail 
service to this territory, have delivered so much grain to one Haswell 
facility, that it has been necessary to store a veritable mountain of 
it on the ground. 2019 saw near record rainfall in this territory, 
resulting in above average harvest amounts. To avoid the waste of these 
harvested crops, expedited approval of flagman service to allow opening 
of the railroad to service is necessary.
    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 Ave. SE, W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal Holidays.
    Communications received by January 10, 2020 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 commenter provides, to 
www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/
ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. See also 
http://www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice of 
regulations.gov.

    Issued in Washington, DC.
John Karl Alexy,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2019-26663 Filed 12-10-19; 8:45 am]
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