Department of Transportation December 21, 2018 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Airworthiness Standards: Transportation Category Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-27860
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Commercial Learner's Permit Validity
Document Number: 2018-27779
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA amends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow States the option of issuing a commercial learner's permit (CLP) with an expiration date of up to one year from the date of initial issuance. The CLP must be valid for no more than one year from the initial date of issuance without requiring the CLP holder to retake the general and endorsement knowledge tests. CLPs issued for a period of less than one year may be renewed provided the CLP is not valid for more than one year from the date of initial issuance. This rule does not require a State to revise its current CLP issuance practices, unless it chooses to do so. This rule is a deregulatory action as defined by Executive Order (E.O.) 13771, ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.''
Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
Document Number: 2018-27750
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Board has approved the first quarter 2019 Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The first quarter 2019 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 1.058. The first quarter 2019 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.448. The first quarter 2019 RCAF-5 is 0.419.
Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on State Route 303 Loop, State Route 30 to Interstate 10 (Papago Freeway) in Goodyear, AZ
Document Number: 2018-27697
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces actions taken by FHWA and other Federal agencies that are final. The actions relate to the Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the State Route (SR) 303 Loop (L), SR 30 to Interstate 10 (I-10) project in Goodyear, AZ. The actions grant licenses, permits, and approvals for the project.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Department of Transportation's Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA Grants) for Fiscal Year 2019
Document Number: 2018-27695
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary of Transportation
The Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects (INFRA) program provides Federal financial assistance to highway and freight projects of national or regional significance. This notice solicits applications for awards under the program's fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding, subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel WAXI 2 (25.6′ Small Passenger Ferry); Invitation for Public Comments
Document Number: 2018-27682
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
The Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirements of the coastwise trade laws to allow the carriage of no more than twelve passengers for hire on vessels, which are three years old or more. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below.
Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel WAXI 1 (25.6′ Small Passenger Ferry); Invitation for Public Comments
Document Number: 2018-27681
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
The Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirements of the coastwise trade laws to allow the carriage of no more than twelve passengers for hire on vessels, which are three years old or more. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below.
Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel STARDUST (103′ Motor Vessel); Invitation for Public Comments
Document Number: 2018-27680
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
The Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirements of the coastwise trade laws to allow the carriage of no more than twelve passengers for hire on vessels, which are three years old or more. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below.
Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel DOVE IV (36′ Sailboat); Invitation for Public Comments
Document Number: 2018-27679
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
The Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirements of the coastwise trade laws to allow the carriage of no more than twelve passengers for hire on vessels, which are three years old or more. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below.
Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-27577
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) Model PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28- 151, PA-28-160, PA-28-161, PA-28-180, PA-28-181, PA-28-235, PA-28R-180, PA-28R-200, PA-28R-201, PA-28R-201T, PA-28RT-201, PA-28RT-201T, PA-32- 260, and PA-32-300 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of a fatigue crack found in a visually inaccessible area of the lower main wing spar cap. This proposed AD would require calculating the factored service hours for each main wing spar to determine when an inspection is required, inspecting the lower main wing spar bolt holes for cracks, and replacing any cracked main wing spar. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Primary Category Airworthiness Design Standards; Vertical Aviation Technologies (VAT) Model S-52L Rotorcraft
Document Number: 2018-27566
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These airworthiness design standards are issued to Vertical Aviation Technologies (VAT) for certification of the Model S-52L rotorcraft under the regulations for primary category aircraft.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Maurice, IA
Document Number: 2018-27562
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Sioux County Regional Airport, Maurice, IA. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new standard instrument approach procedures developed at Sioux County Regional Airport, for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at this airport.
RailUSA, LLC and American Rail Partners, LLC-Continuance in Control Exemption-Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad, LLC
Document Number: 2018-27522
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Use of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out in Support of Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Operations
Document Number: 2018-27401
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-12-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action revises the FAA's requirements for application to operate in RVSM airspace. The amendment eliminates the requirement for operators to apply for an RVSM authorization when their aircraft are equipped with qualified ADS-B Out systems and meet specific altitude keeping equipment requirements for operations in RVSM airspace. This action recognizes the enhancements in aircraft monitoring resulting from the use of ADS-B Out systems and responds to requests from operators to eliminate the burden and expense of the current RVSM application process for aircraft equipped with qualified ADS-B Out systems.