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Emergency Order Requiring Face Mask Use in Railroad Operations
Document Number: 2021-04233
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
To help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID- 19), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is issuing this emergency order (E.O.) to require compliance with the mask requirements of the Order of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs. This E.O. also implements Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, issued on January 21, 2021, requiring masks to be worn in or on airports, commercial aircraft, and various modes of surface transportation, including trains. Specifically, this E.O. addresses requirements for face mask use with respect to all freight rail operations and portions of each passenger rail operation under FRA's safety jurisdiction.
State Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Action Plans; Correction
Document Number: 2021-03229
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On December 14, 2020, FRA published a final rule amending FRA's grade crossing safety standards. In preparing the final rule for publication, an error was made that resulted in a cross-reference to the wrong paragraph. FRA is correcting that inadvertent error.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-03488
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-03487
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-03486
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-03485
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-03484
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-03207
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below. Before submitting this ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified in the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-03203
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On December 10, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-03080
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-03078
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-03077
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-03076
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-03075
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-02365
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-02364
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-01952
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-01950
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-01947
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-01946
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-01425
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-01424
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-01423
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-01422
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-01421
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2021-00763
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts
Document Number: 2020-25236
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Maritime Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, this final rule provides the 2020 inflation adjustment to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations. In additional, this final rule makes conforming revisions to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations to reflect inflationary adjustments to the statutorily-mandated civil penalties for violations of Federal law.
Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold
Document Number: 2021-00155
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is updating the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold (NSRT) for purposes of FRA's regulation on the Use of Locomotive Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings. This action is needed to ensure the public has the proper permissible risk threshold to evaluate risk resulting from prohibiting routine locomotive horn sounding at highway- rail grade crossings located in quiet zones. This is the ninth update to the NSRT and it is increasing from 13,811 to 15,488.
Establishment of an Emergency Relief Docket for Calendar Year 2021
Document Number: 2021-00142
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice announces the establishment of FRA's emergency relief docket (ERD) for calendar year 2021. The designated ERD for calendar year 2021 is docket number FRA-2021-0001.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-00141
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-00099
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On October 5, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Control of Alcohol and Drug Use: Coverage of Mechanical Employees and Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2020-25868
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-01-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to a Congressional mandate in the Substance Use- Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act), FRA is proposing to expand the scope of its alcohol and drug regulation to cover mechanical (MECH) employees who test or inspect railroad rolling equipment. FRA is also proposing miscellaneous, clarifying amendments to its alcohol and drug regulation.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-28832
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below. Before submitting this ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified in the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-28830
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On October 16, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Fatigue Risk Management Programs for Certain Passenger and Freight Railroads
Document Number: 2020-27085
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, FRA proposes to issue regulations requiring certain railroads to develop and implement a Fatigue Risk Management Program, as one component of the railroads' larger railroad safety risk reduction programs.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-27925
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below. Before submitting this ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified in the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-27871
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On July 22, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Positive Train Control Systems
Document Number: 2020-27097
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-12-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to revise its regulations governing changes to positive train control (PTC) systems and reporting on PTC system functioning. First, recognizing that the railroad industry intends to enhance further FRA-certified PTC systems to continue improving rail safety and PTC technology's reliability and operability, FRA proposes to modify the process by which a host railroad must submit a request for amendment (RFA) to FRA before making certain changes to its PTC Safety Plan (PTCSP) and FRA-certified PTC system. Second, to enable more effective FRA oversight, FRA proposes to: Expand an existing reporting requirement by increasing the frequency from annual to biannual; broaden the reporting requirement to encompass positive performance-related information, not just failure-related information; and require host railroads to utilize a new, standardized Biannual Report of PTC System Performance (Form FRA F 6180.152). Overall, the proposed amendments would benefit the railroad industry, the public, and FRA, by reducing unnecessary costs, facilitating innovation, and improving FRA's ability to oversee PTC system performance and reliability, while not negatively affecting rail safety.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-27735
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Drug and Alcohol Testing: Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2021
Document Number: 2020-27521
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notification of determination announces FRA's minimum annual random drug and minimum annual random alcohol testing rates for covered service and maintenance-of-way (MOW) employees for calendar year 2021.
Qualification and Certification of Locomotive Engineers; Miscellaneous Revisions
Document Number: 2020-27209
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is revising its regulation governing the qualification and certification of locomotive engineers to make it consistent with its regulation for the qualification and certification of conductors. The changes include: Amending the program submission process; handling engineer and conductor petitions for review with a single FRA review board (Operating Crew Review Board or OCRB); and revising the filing requirements for petitions to the OCRB. To ensure consistency throughout its regulations, FRA is also making conforming amendments to its regulations governing the control of alcohol and drug use, and the qualification and certification of conductors. The changes would reduce regulatory burdens on the railroad industry while maintaining the existing level of safety.
Notice of Final Agency Actions on Proposed Railroad Project in California, on Behalf of the California High-Speed Rail Authority
Document Number: 2020-27441
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The FRA, on behalf of the Authority, is issuing this notice to announce actions taken by the Authority that are final. By this notice, the FRA is advising the public of the time limit to file a claim seeking judicial review of the actions. The actions relate to a proposed railroad project, the California High-Speed Rail Project Merced to Fresno Project Section: Central Valley Wye in Merced, Madera, Fresno, and Stanislaus Counties, California. The Merced to Fresno Project Section: Central Valley Wye provides an approximately 51-mile portion of the larger 800-mile California High-Speed Rail (HSR) system planned throughout California. These actions grant approvals for project implementation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other laws, regulations, and executive orders.
State Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Action Plans
Document Number: 2020-26064
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this final rule in response to the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act mandate that FRA issue a rule requiring 40 States and the District of Columbia to develop and implement highway-rail grade crossing action plans. This final rule also requires ten States that developed highway-rail grade crossing action plans as required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and FRA's implementing regulation to update their plans and submit reports to FRA describing actions they have taken to implement them.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-27270
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-27269
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-27268
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Railroad Workplace Safety
Document Number: 2020-27096
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-12-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to revise its regulations governing railroad workplace safety to: Allow for the use of alternative security standards for electronic display systems used to view track authority information for roadway worker safety, and exempt certain drone roadway maintenance machines from existing environmental control requirements. These proposals would reduce regulatory burdens on the railroad industry while maintaining the existing level of safety.
Miscellaneous Amendments to Brake System Safety Standards and Codification of Waivers
Document Number: 2020-25817
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is revising its regulations governing brake inspections, tests, and equipment. The changes include the incorporation of relief from various provisions provided in long-standing waivers related to single car air brake tests, end-of-train devices, helper service, and brake maintenance. FRA is also extending the time that freight rail equipment can be ``off-air'' before requiring a new brake inspection. In addition, FRA is making various modifications to the existing brake- related regulations to improve clarity and remove outdated or unnecessary provisions. FRA expects the revisions will benefit railroads and the public by reducing unnecessary costs, creating consistency between U.S. and Canadian regulations, and incorporating the use of newer technologies demonstrated to maintain or increase safety. The rule will reduce the overall regulatory burden on railroads.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-27155
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below. Before submitting this ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.