Department of Transportation October 31, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Douglas Myers
Document Number: 2016-26239
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc.
Document Number: 2016-26238
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Project Selections
Document Number: 2016-26208
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the selection of projects with Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 and FY 2016 appropriations for the Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning (TOD Pilot Program), as authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) with additional funding provided by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. On April 14, 2016, FTA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (81 FR 22155) announcing the availability of $20.49 million in funding for this program. This program supports comprehensive planning efforts associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects that are seeking or have recently received funding through FTA's Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program.
Refunding Baggage Fees for Delayed Checked Bags
Document Number: 2016-26199
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Transportation (DOT or Department) is soliciting public comment and feedback on various issues related to the requirement for airlines to refund checked baggage fees when they fail to deliver the bags in a timely manner, as provided by the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016.
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel: Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Seventh Meeting
Document Number: 2016-26192
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
This notice announces the seventh meeting of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (ACCESS Advisory Committee).
Exploring Industry Practices on Distribution and Display of Airline Fare, Schedule, and Availability Information
Document Number: 2016-26191
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
The industry group for travel sites, a number of its members which include online travel booking sites, and certain members of Congress have expressed concerns to the Department of Transportation (DOT or Department) regarding airline restrictions on the distribution and display of airline flight schedule, fare, and availability information (``flight information''). Specifically, concerns were raised about practices by some airlines to restrict the distribution and/or display of flight information by certain online travel agencies (OTAs), metasearch entities that operate flight search tools, and other stakeholders involved in the distribution of flight information and sale of air transportation. Airlines state that it is important for them to maintain control over the display and distribution of airline flight information while OTAs and metasearch entities that operate flight search tools state that actions taken by airlines to restrict the distribution or display of flight information are anticompetitive and harming consumers. The Department is interested in learning more about this issue. Pursuant to the Department's aviation consumer protection authority, we are requesting information on whether airline restrictions on the distribution or display of airline flight information harm consumers and constitute an unfair and deceptive business practice and/or an unfair method of competition. The Department is also requesting information on whether any entities are blocking access to critical resources needed for competitive entry into the air transportation industry. Finally, we are requesting information on whether Department action is unnecessary or whether Department action in these areas would promote a more competitive air transportation marketplace or help ensure that consumers have access to the information needed to make informed air transportation choices.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2016-26147
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifty-seventh meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The RSAC meeting agenda topics will include: Opening remarks from the FRA Administrator and the FRA Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer; status reports from the Remote Control Locomotive, Track Standards, Hazardous Materials Issues, Rail Integrity Working Groups, and the Engineering Task Force; an informational presentation on the high-speed passenger rail equipment (Tier III) rulemaking; and an update on the status of Positive Train Control implementation. This agenda is subject to change, including possibly adding further proposed tasks.
Norfolk Southern Railway Company's Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification
Document Number: 2016-26146
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on August 12, 2016 Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Version 1.0, dated August 12, 2016, on FRA's Secure Information Repository (SIR) site. NS asks FRA to approve its PTCSP and issue a Positive Train Control System Certification for NS's Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS), under 49 CFR part 236, subpart I.