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The National Railroad Passenger Corporation's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-15270
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-07-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on July 1, 2024, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) to request approval for a planned positive train control (PTC) system outage of its Mixed System PTC system for maintenance purposes during the month of August 2024. As this RFA may involve a request for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to an FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on Amtrak's RFA to its PTCSP.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the FY 2023-FY 2024 Railroad Crossing Elimination Program
Document Number: 2024-15061
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-07-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Railroad Crossing Elimination Program for Fiscal Years (FY) 2023 and 2024. This Notice solicits applications for funds made available by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.327, "Railroad Crossing Elimination."
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-15032
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-07-09
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) summarized 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.
Denver Regional Transportation District's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-14645
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-07-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on June 24, 2024, the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) to support upgrades to the Locomotive Segment software for its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I- ETMS). As this RFA involves a request for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to an FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on RTD's RFA to its PTCSP.
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-14627
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-07-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-14626
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-07-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board's Request to Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-14298
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on June 19, 2024, Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) to support material modifications to its positive train control (PTC) system and Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) operations by modifying its PTC system software version 6.5.4.0, including changes to the PTC Penalty and Emergency Brake Output Change and Phase Break Function. As this RFA involves a request for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to an FRA-certified PTC system, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on Caltrain's RFA to its PTCSP.
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-13867
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-13866
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-13862
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Southern California Regional Rail Authority's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-13482
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on June 7, 2024, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system. FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on the railroad's RFA to its PTC system.
Railroads' Joint Request To Amend Their Positive Train Control Safety Plans
Document Number: 2024-13481
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on June 7, 2024, 21 host railroads submitted a joint request for amendment (RFA) to their FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plans (PTCSP), to seek FRA's approval of proposed Onboard Software Version 6.5.4. As this joint RFA involves requests for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to FRA-certified PTC systems, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on the railroads' joint RFA to their PTCSPs.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-12587
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on May 30, 2024, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) in order to update its Positive Train Control (PTC) Onboard Computer (OBC) to Software Version 11.6. As this RFA involves a request for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to an FRA-certified PTC system, including changes to address known software errors, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on MBTA's RFA to its PTCSP.
Notice of Availability of a Final General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System, Palmdale to Burbank Project Section
Document Number: 2024-12646
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is making a Final General Conformity Determination for the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System.
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-12283
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-12281
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-12280
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-12278
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-06-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Metro-North Railroad's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-11907
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on May 17, 2024, Metro-North Railroad (MNR) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) in order to update its positive train control (PTC) Onboard Computer (OBC) to System Release 5.04.002. As this RFA may involve a request for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to an FRA-certified PTC system, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on MNR's RFA to its PTCSP.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-11536
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-28
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) summarized 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: 2024-11535
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-28
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) summarized 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: 2024-11539
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-28
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) summarized 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.
Notice of Nonavailability Waiver of Buy America Requirements for the Nevada Department of Transportation To Purchase Certain High-Speed Rail Components
Document Number: 2024-11467
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is issuing a waiver of its Buy America requirements to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) for high-speed rail components that are not produced in the United States for use in the Brightline West High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail System between Las Vegas, NV and Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Project). FRA selected the Project for funding under the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program (FSP Program), and therefore FRA's Buy America requirements apply to the Project. FRA's Buy America requirements include: FRA's statutory requirements, which require 100 percent of the manufactured products, steel, and iron used in an FRA-funded project to be produced in the United States; and the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA), which requires all construction materials used in the FRA-funded project to be produced in the United States. FRA is not waiving the applicable BABA requirements for construction materials, and therefore this waiver does not apply to the construction materials used in the Project. Brightline West, the project sponsor, has selected Siemens as its preferred rolling stock vendor, and requested that FRA proceed with finalizing the Buy America waiver request for the Siemens trains and other components as included in the previously submitted documentation. Therefore, FRA is waiving its requirements for the first two Siemens trainsets, car shells, signal systems, high-speed rail turnout, and fire alarm systems based on the domestic nonavailability of these components, as described in the proposed waiver. NDOT and Brightline West estimate that more than 95 percent of the total direct dollar expenditures for the Project will be spent on domestically sourced products and labor, including 100 percent of the civil infrastructure costs.
Certification of Signal Employees
Document Number: 2024-09958
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-05-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is prescribing regulations for certification of signal employees, pursuant to the authority granted in section 402 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA).
July 22, 2024 Certification of Dispatchers
Document Number: 2024-09957
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-05-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is establishing regulations for the certification of dispatchers, pursuant to the authority granted in section 402 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA).
Notice of Funding Opportunity for Projects Located on the Northeast Corridor for the Fiscal Year 2024 Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program
Document Number: 2024-10656
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for projects located on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) under the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program (FSP Program) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. This notice solicits applications for FSP Program funds made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, and Division J of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.326, "Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail."
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-10214
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-10
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) summarized below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On February 21, 2024, FRA published a notice providing a 60- day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-10179
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-10178
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-10177
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-09867
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2024-09452
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-09451
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-09450
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Long Island Rail Road's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-09301
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on April 19, 2024, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP). As this RFA involves a request for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to an FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on the railroad's RFA to its PTCSP.
Port Authority Trans-Hudson's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-09300
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on April 19, 2024, Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP). As this RFA may involve a request for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to an FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on the railroad's RFA to its PTCSP.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-08789
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-24
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) summarized below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On February 21, 2024, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR. FRA received no comments in response to the notice.
Alaska Railroad's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-08765
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on April 5, 2024, Alaska Railroad (ARR) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP). As this RFA involves a request for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to an FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on the railroad's RFA to its PTCSP.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2024-08365
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Port of Longview Industrial Rail Corridor Expansion Project
Document Number: 2024-08132
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental action taken for the Port of Longview Industrial Rail Corridor Expansion Project. The purpose of this notice is to advise the public of the time limit to file any claims that may challenge these decisions and other Federal permits, licenses, and approvals for the Project.
Renewal Package From the State of California to the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program and Proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Assigning Environmental Responsibilities to the State
Document Number: 2024-07615
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces that FRA has received and reviewed a renewal package from the State of California (State) acting through the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and California High- Speed Rail Authority (Authority) requesting renewed participation in the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (Program). Under the Program, FRA may assign, and the State may assume, responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and all or part of FRA's responsibilities for environmental review, consultation, or other actions required under any Federal environmental laws with respect to one or more railroad projects within the State. FRA has determined the renewal package to be complete, and developed a draft renewal MOU with CalSTA and the Authority outlining how the State will implement the Program with FRA oversight. The public is invited to comment on the State's request, including its renewal package and the proposed renewal MOU, which includes the proposed assignments and assumptions of environmental review, consultation, and other activities.
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-07610
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on March 29, 2024, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICD) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP). As this RFA involves a request for FRA's approval of a proposed material modification to an FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system related to the design and implementation of a new Back Office Server, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on the railroad's RFA to its PTCSP.
Train Crew Size Safety Requirements
Document Number: 2024-06625
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is establishing minimum safety requirements for the size of train crews depending on the type of operation. This final rule requires railroad operations to have a minimum of two crewmembers except for certain identified one-person train crew operations that do not pose significant safety risks to railroad employees, the public, or the environment. This final rule includes requirements for railroads seeking to continue certain existing one-person train crew operations and a special approval process for railroads seeking to initiate certain new one-person train crew operations. This final rule also requires each railroad receiving special approval for a one-person train crew operation to submit to FRA an annual report summarizing the safety of the operation.
Draft General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System Palmdale to Burbank Section
Document Number: 2024-06960
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a draft General Conformity Determination for the Palmdale to Burbank Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System is available for public and agency review and comment.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-06890
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA will seek approval of the Information Collection Request (ICR) summarized 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.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the FY 2023-FY 2024 Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program
Document Number: 2024-06710
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program for Fiscal Years 2023 and 2024. This notice solicits applications for program funds made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This notice also solicits applications for projects under the Magnetic Levitation Technology Deployment Program, funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.325, "Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements," and Assistance Listings Number 20.318, "Maglev Project SelectionSAFETEA-LU."
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-06512
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-27
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) summarized 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 26, 2023, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR. FRA received no comments in response to the notice.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-06511
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-27
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) summarized below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On January 25, 2024, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2024-06510
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-27
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) summarized 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 26, 2023, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR. FRA received no comments in response to the notice.
Long Island Rail Road's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-06416
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on March 18, 2024, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system to establish an Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System II (ACSES II) Construction Zone to support the building of a new interlocking and associated signal system changes on LIRR's Mainline near Floral Park at Milepost (MP) 15.5. According to the RFA, the Construction Zone is planned be implemented on May 10, 2024, and is scheduled to not exceed a three-month duration. FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on LIRR's RFA to its PTC system.
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