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Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-00502
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-00499
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Miscellaneous Amendments to Brake System Safety Standards and Codification of Waivers
Document Number: 2019-27749
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-01-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to revise its regulations governing brake inspections, tests, and equipment. The proposed 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 proposing to extend the time that freight rail equipment can be ``off-air'' before requiring a new brake inspection. In addition, FRA is proposing various modifications to the existing brake related regulations for clarity and to remove outdated or unnecessary provisions. The proposed revisions would 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 proposed rule would reduce the overall regulatory burden on railroads.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-00231
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-00210
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Establishment of an Emergency Relief Docket for Calendar Year 2020
Document Number: 2020-00176
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice announces the establishment of FRA's emergency relief docket (ERD) for calendar year 2020. The designated ERD for calendar year 2020 is docket number FRA-2020-0002.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-00127
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Special Approval of Alternative Compliance
Document Number: 2020-00126
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-00125
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program
Document Number: 2019-28305
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is adding funding to and extending the application submittal period for its NOFO for the Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program (R&E Program) published on November 6, 2019. The basis for the funding increase and extension is the appropriation of additional amounts for the Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program in Fiscal Year 2020 together with the government's goal of efficiently administering such funds.
Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees
Document Number: 2019-28301
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to a petition for rulemaking, FRA is amending its regulation on Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees by delaying the regulation's implementation dates for all contractors, and those Class II and III railroads that are not intercity or commuter passenger railroads with 400,000 total employee work hours annually or more.
Rail Integrity Amendments & Track Safety Standards
Document Number: 2019-27748
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-12-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to revise its regulations governing the minimum safety requirements for railroad track. The proposed changes include allowing inspection of rail using continuous rail testing; allowing the use of flange-bearing frogs in crossing diamonds; relaxing the guard check gage limits on heavy-point frogs used in Class 5 track; removing an inspection-method exception for high-density commuter lines; and other miscellaneous revisions. Overall, the proposed revisions would benefit track owners, railroads, and the public by reducing unnecessary costs and incentivizing innovation, while not negatively affecting rail safety.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-28128
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-30
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: 2019-28096
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA is informing the public that FRA proposes to make three minor revisions to the Quarterly Positive Train Control (PTC) Progress Report Form (Form FRA F 6180.165) and Annual PTC Progress Report Form (Form FRA F 6180.166), which the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) previously approved on September 24, 2018, under its regular processing procedures. In addition, FRA is now proposing to require host railroads operating FRA-certified PTC systems to submit a Statutory Notification of PTC System Failures (Form FRA F 6180.177) to fulfill the temporary reporting requirement under the Positive Train Control Enforcement and Implementation Act of 2015 (PTCEI Act), and FRA is proposing an alternative reporting frequency and reporting location, as the statutory mandate authorizes FRA to establish. Before submitting this revised information collection request (ICR) to OMB for regular clearance and approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the proposed ICR described below.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-27464
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-20
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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-27462
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-20
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 Requests (ICRs) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe the information collections and their expected burden. On October 7, 2019, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-27251
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-27250
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2019-27073
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2019-27071
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-26995
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-16
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 Requests (ICRs) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe the information collections and their expected burden. On October 2, 2019, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-26744
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-26663
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-12-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-25423
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-25422
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees
Document Number: 2019-24822
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to a petition for rulemaking, FRA proposes amending its regulation on Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees by delaying the regulation's implementation dates for all contractors, and those Class II and III railroads that are not intercity or commuter passenger railroads with 400,000 total employee work hours annually or more.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-25138
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2019-25023
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-24749
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance and Notice of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2019-24537
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
State Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Action Plans
Document Number: 2019-24197
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-11-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this proposed rule in response to a mandate from the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act to issue a rule requiring 40 States and the District of Columbia to develop and implement highway-rail grade crossing action plans. This proposed rule would also require the ten States previously required to develop highway-rail grade crossing action plans by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and FRA's implementing regulation to update their plans and to submit reports to FRA describing actions they have taken to implement them.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2019-24228
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Restoration and Enhancement Grants Program
Document Number: 2019-24225
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-11-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Grants Program. This notice makes available R&E Grants Program funding provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (2018 Appropriation) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (2019 Appropriation), as well as available funding remaining from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (2017 Appropriation). The opportunities described in this notice are made available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.324, ``Restoration and Enhancement.''
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-23669
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-23659
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-30
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 August 30, 2019, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts
Document Number: C1-2019-14101
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-29
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
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-23590
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-23544
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-29
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 Requests (ICRs) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe the information collections and their expected burden. On August 21, 2019, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2019-23538
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the fifty-ninth meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for Magnetic Levitation Deployment Projects
Document Number: 2019-23535
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant \1\ funding for eligible projects under the Magnetic Levitation Technology Deployment Program (Maglev Grants Program). Maglev Grants Program funding under this notice is provided by two sources, totaling $24,027,500. This funding includes $10,000,000 (2019 Funds) as appropriated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, (2019 Appropriation) and an additional $14,027,500 (2008 Funds) as authorized by sections 1101(a)(18) and 1307 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users SAFETEA-LU, (SAFETEA-LU), as amended by the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008, (Technical Corrections Act). There are differing requirements for each of these funding sources as described in this notice. The opportunities described in this notice are made available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.318, ``Maglev Project Selection ProgramSAFETEA-LU.''
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-23450
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-23302
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-23301
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Funding Opportunity for Railroad Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program
Document Number: 2019-22925
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
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 Trespassing Enforcement Grant Program. Funding for this program totaling $150,000 is provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019. The opportunities described in this notice are available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 20.301, ``Rail Safety Grants.''
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-22271
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2019-22059
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-21939
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program
Document Number: 2019-21866
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program). This notice solicits applications for Partnership Program funds made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019. The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.326, ``Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair.''
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-21814
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-07
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 Requests (ICRs) abstracted below. Before submitting these ICRs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-21513
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation