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Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-14274
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Intent To Grant a Buy America Exemption to Amtrak To Purchase Certain Non-Domestic Track Maintenance Equipment
Document Number: 2020-14155
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to provide information to the public regarding its finding that it is appropriate to grant the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) an exemption from Amtrak's Buy America requirement for procurement of the following non- domestic track maintenance equipment as part of its state-of-good- repair (SOGR) program: One tunnel crane; one track laying machine; and eight two-man rail car movers.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for Magnetic Levitation Deployment Projects
Document Number: 2020-14142
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Magnetic Levitation Technology Deployment Program (Maglev Grants Program). This notice solicits applications for $2,000,000 in Maglev Grants Program funds. The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.318, ``Maglev Project Selection ProgramSAFETEA-LU.''
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-13716
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-25
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 April 15, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-13418
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-13417
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Environmental Impact Statement for the Western Rail Yard Infrastructure Project in New York County, New York
Document Number: 2020-12851
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Through this NOI, FRA announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the Western Rail Yard Infrastructure Project (Project) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). WRY Tenant LLC (an affiliate of The Related Companies, LP) and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) are partnering in a joint venture to seek Federal financial assistance through the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) Program, which is administered by the Build America Bureau (Bureau). FRA is conducting the environmental analysis to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and other applicable environmental laws. FRA invites the public and all interested parties to provide comments on the scope of the EIS, including the proposed purpose and need, the Proposed Action and alternatives, methodologies to be used to assess potential environmental impacts, and the approach for public and agency involvement. Due to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency, and consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance regarding large events and mass gatherings, FRA will conduct a virtual public scoping for the Project. FRA will also hold other Project meetings virtually, including Section 106 Consulting Party meetings, and encourages submission of scoping comments for the project and other documents electronically.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program
Document Number: 2020-12542
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program). This notice solicits applications for Partnership Program funds made available by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (2020 Appropriations Act) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (2019 Appropriations Act). 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.''
Notice of Funding Opportunity for Railroad Trespassing Suicide Prevention Grant Program
Document Number: 2020-12443
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain funding for eligible projects under the Railroad Trespassing Suicide Prevention Grant Program. Railroad Trespassing Suicide Prevention Grant Program funding totaling $293,000 is provided in this NOFO by the 2019 and 2020 consolidated appropriations acts, which require the FRA to implement a railroad trespasser prevention strategy. This program is part of the FRA's implementation of railroad trespass prevention efforts. 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: 2020-12014
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-12009
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-11598
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-29
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.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-11338
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-11142
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-11021
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-22
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. These ICRs describe the information collections and their expected burdens. On March 16, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-10111
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-09559
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Program Approval: Union Pacific Railroad
Document Number: 2020-09281
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to explain its rationale for approving a Union Pacific Railroad (UP) petition for a Test Program designed to test track inspection technologies (i.e., autonomous track geometry measurement systems) and new operational approaches to track inspections and its rationale for granting a limited, temporary suspension of a substantive FRA rule that is necessary to facilitate the conduct of the Test Program.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-08577
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-08516
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-22
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.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements
Document Number: 2020-08226
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-20
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 (CRISI) Program. CRISI Program funding under this notice is provided by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (2020 Appropriation). The opportunities described in this notice are made available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.325, ``Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements.''
Texas Central Railroad High-Speed Rail Safety Standards
Document Number: 2020-08015
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On March 10, 2020, FRA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would establish safety standards for the Texas Central Railroad (TCRR) high speed rail system. On March 12, 2020, FRA announced three public hearings to provide members of the public an opportunity to provide oral comments on the proposed safety requirements, which were subsequently postponed on March 30, 2020. FRA is now announcing the rescheduling of the public hearings. Additionally, FRA is extending the comment period to May 26, 2020, to afford members of the public time to comment on opinions and views expressed during these hearings, that will be captured in a transcript of the proceedings and placed in the rulemaking docket.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-07911
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-15
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: 2020-07910
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-15
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: 2020-07787
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Metrics and Minimum Standards for Intercity Passenger Rail Service
Document Number: 2020-07624
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-04-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On March 31, 2020, FRA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed metrics and minimum standards for measuring the performance and service quality of intercity passenger train operations. FRA is announcing a public hearing to provide members of the public an opportunity to provide oral comments on the proposal. The public hearing will be held telephonically, instead of in-person.
Safety Advisory 2020-01; Safety Precautions Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Document Number: 2020-07559
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This Safety Advisory encourages railroads, their employees, and contractors to review and follow all applicable guidance available related to COVID-19, including the best practices identified in the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America30 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) COVID-19 guidelines, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. This Safety Advisory recommends that railroads develop and implement procedures and practices consistent with the above-identified best practices and that railroads take certain other actions to ensure the safety of railroad operations and maintenance during this national emergency. FRA believes that actions consistent with this Safety Advisory will reduce the risk of railroad employees, contractors, and members of the public contracting or spreading COVID-19.
Program Approval; Canadian National Railway
Document Number: 2020-07427
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to explain its rationale for approving a Canadian National Railway (CN) petition for a Test Program designed to test track inspection technologies (i.e., an autonomous track geometry measurement system) and new operational approaches to track inspections and its rationale for granting a limited, temporary suspension of a substantive FRA rule that is necessary to facilitate the conduct of the Test Program.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-07387
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-07386
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-07384
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Metrics and Minimum Standards for Intercity Passenger Rail Service
Document Number: 2020-06245
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-03-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA proposes metrics and minimum standards for measuring the performance and service quality of intercity passenger train operations. Consistent with the statutory mandate, FRA and Amtrak jointly developed the proposed metrics and minimum standards.
Texas Central Railroad High-Speed Rail Safety Standards
Document Number: 2020-06580
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-03-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is postponing three public hearings, originally announced on March 12, 2020, for the purpose of receiving oral comment on the Texas Central Railroad High-Speed Rail Safety Standards notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The hearings were scheduled between March 31, 2020 and April 2, 2020 in Dallas, Navasota, and Houston, Texas.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-05941
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-20
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 20, 2019, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance and Special Approval
Document Number: 2020-05521
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-05517
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-05516
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-05289
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-16
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 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 30, 2019, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-05273
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-16
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 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 30, 2019, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-05272
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-16
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.
Texas Central Railroad High-Speed Rail Safety Standards
Document Number: 2020-05177
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-03-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On March 10, 2020, FRA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would establish safety standards for the Texas Central Railroad (TCRR) high speed rail system. FRA is announcing three public hearings to provide members of the public an opportunity to provide oral comments on the proposed safety requirements.
Texas Central Railroad High-Speed Rail Safety Standards
Document Number: 2020-03521
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2020-03-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing a rule of particular applicability (RPA) to establish safety standards for the Texas Central Railroad (TCRR or the railroad) high speed rail system. The proposed standards are not intended for general application in the railroad industry, but would apply only to the TCRR system planned for development in the State of Texas. The proposed RPA takes a systemsapproach to safety, and so includes standards that address all aspects of the TCRR high-speed system, including signal and trainset control, track, rolling stock, operating practices, system qualifications, and maintenance. The TCRR system is planned to operate from Houston to Dallas, on dedicated track, with no grade crossings, at speeds not to exceed 330 km/h (205 mph). The TCRR rolling stock, track, and core systems will replicate the Central Japan Railway Company (JRC), Tokaido Shinkansen high-speed rail system, and will be used exclusively for revenue passenger service.
Program Approval: CSX Transportation
Document Number: 2020-04655
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-03-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to explain its rationale for approving a CSX Transportation (CSX) Test Program designed to test track inspection technologies (i.e., an autonomous track geometry measurement system) and new operational approaches to track inspections, as well as its rationale for granting a limited, temporary suspension of a substantive FRA rule that is necessary to facilitate the conduct of the Test Program.
System Safety Program and Risk Reduction Program
Document Number: 2020-04424
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-03-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In this final rule, FRA is amending its regulations requiring commuter and intercity passenger rail (IPR) operations to develop and implement a system safety program (SSP) to improve the safety of their operations. The rule clarifies that each passenger rail operation has responsibility for ensuring compliance with the SSP final rule. FRA also adjusts the SSP rule's compliance dates to account for FRA's prior stay of the rule's effect and amends the rule to apply its information protections to the Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C\3\RS) program included in a passenger rail operation's SSP. FRA is making conforming amendments to the Risk Reduction Program (RRP) final rule to ensure that the RRP and SSP rules have essentially identical consultation and information protection provisions.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-04141
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-03984
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice Rescinding Two Notices of Intent To Prepare Environmental Impact Statements
Document Number: 2020-03956
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that FRA is rescinding the Notice of Intent (NOI) for each Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): the Dallas to Fort Worth Core Express Passenger Service between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas and the New Orleans Rail Gateway in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes, Louisiana.
Risk Reduction Program
Document Number: 2020-00425
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this final rule to require each Class I freight railroad and each freight railroad with inadequate safety performance to develop and implement a Risk Reduction Program (RRP) to improve the safety of its operations. RRP is a comprehensive, system-oriented approach to safety that determines a railroad operation's level of risk by identifying and analyzing applicable hazards, and involves developing plans to mitigate, if not eliminate, that risk. Each railroad has flexibility to tailor an RRP to its specific railroad operations. Each railroad shall implement its RRP under a written RRP plan that FRA has reviewed and approved. Each railroad shall conduct an annual internal assessment of its RRP, and FRA will audit a railroad's RRP processes and procedures.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-02031
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-02030
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation