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Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-22698
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-22650
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the currently approved Information Collection Requests (ICRs), abstracted below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe the information collections FRA is submitting for renewal and their expected burden.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2017-22368
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces a meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops recommendations on railroad safety regulations and other railroad safety issues through a consensus process. The RSAC System Safety Task Force and Passenger Safety Working Group will meet October 30, 2017, to discuss petitions for reconsideration, and comments received in response to the petitions for reconsideration on the System Safety Program (SSP) final rule issued August 12, 2016, requiring commuter and intercity passenger railroads to develop and implement an SSP to improve the safety of their operations.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-22044
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks renewed approval of the proposed information collection activities listed below. Before submitting these information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities, which are identified in this notice.
Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-21867
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-21866
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-21865
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
North County Transit District's Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification
Document Number: 2017-21618
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public notice that North County Transit District (NCTD) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Volume I-Main Body (Version 2.0) and Volume II- Appendices (Version 1.0), both dated September 1, 2017. NCTD asks FRA to approve its PTCSP and issue a Positive Train Control (PTC) System Certification for NCTD's Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-21514
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-21513
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Approval of Informational Filing
Document Number: 2017-21512
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-21511
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-21510
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Intent To Grant a Buy America Waiver to the City of Raleigh To Use Certain Non-Domestic Components of a Fire Alarm System
Document Number: 2017-21441
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public it intends to grant the City of Raleigh (City) a waiver from FRA's Buy America requirement to use certain non-domestic components of a fire alarm system Code Electric, Inc. provided for the Raleigh Union Station project, in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Code Electric, Inc. is an electrical contractor for the Raleigh Union Station project.
Environmental Impacts and Related Procedures
Document Number: 2017-20565
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-09-29
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration
This SNPRM provides interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed revisions to the FHWA and FTA joint regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) requirements. The FHWA, FRA, and FTA (hereafter referred to as ``the Agencies'') propose these revisions after the enactment of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which requires a rulemaking to address programmatic approaches in environmental reviews and makes other changes to existing law that should be addressed in a rulemaking. In this SNPRM the Agencies also propose to add FRA to regulations governing environmental impact and related procedures and the parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and historic site, making those regulations FRA's NEPA implementing procedures and FRA's Section 4(f) implementing regulations, respectively. This SNPRM proposes to modify the FHWA/FTA Environmental Impact and Related Procedures due to changes to the environmental review process made by the FAST Act and to modify the Parks, Recreation Areas, Wildlife and Waterfowl Refuges, and Historic Sites regulations due to new exceptions created by the FAST Act. Lastly, the Agencies request comments regarding the current FHWA and FTA definition of ``existing operational right-of-way'' in their respective categorical exclusion sections. The Agencies seek comments on the proposals in this document.
Program for Eliminating Duplication of Environmental Reviews
Document Number: 2017-20561
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-09-28
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration
This NPRM provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations governing the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Program for Eliminating Duplication of Environmental Reviews (Program) established by Section 1309 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). Section 1309 directed the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) to establish a pilot program authorizing up to five States to conduct environmental reviews and make approvals for projects under State environmental laws and regulations instead of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FAST Act requires the Secretary, in consultation with the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), to promulgate regulations to implement the requirements of the Program, including application requirements and criteria necessary to determine whether State laws and regulations are at least as stringent as the applicable Federal law. The FHWA, FRA, and FTA, hereinafter referred to as ``the Agencies,'' are proposing these regulations on behalf of the Secretary and seek comments on the proposals contained in this NPRM. This rule would also implement a provision in Section 1308 of the FAST Act that amends the corrective action period that the Agencies must provide to a State participating in the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (Section 327 Program).
Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-19688
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-19687
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-19686
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-19685
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-19684
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-19683
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-19682
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Portland & Western Railroad's Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification
Document Number: 2017-19598
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document notifies the public that Portland & Western Railroad (PNWR) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) (Version 1.5, dated July 21, 2017) for its Westside Express Service and a copy of that PTCSP is available for public review and comment. PNWR asks FRA to approve its PTCSP and issue a Positive Train Control System Certification for PNWR's Enhanced Automatic Train Control (E-ATC), under the appropriate regulations.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-19354
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the currently approved information collection activities listed below. Before submitting these information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities, which are identified in this notice.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-19353
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the currently approved 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.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-18898
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-09-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-17738
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-17586
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-17585
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Addressing Electrode-Induced Rail Pitting From Pressure Electric Welding
Document Number: 2017-17285
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides notice of FRA's intent to issue a Safety Advisory alerting railroads, contractors, and the rail welding industry of the potential for electrode-induced rail pitting and fatigue cracking during the pressure electric rail welding process. Based on investigation and research, FRA believes improper electrode contact to the rail during the welding process can result in electrode- induced pitting that may lead to fatigue fracture and ultimately rail failure. The draft Safety Advisory includes recommendations to help the industry prevent electrode-induced rail pitting and to inspect for and then remediate such pitting if it occurs. FRA invites public comment on all aspects of the draft Safety Advisory.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-17224
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-17115
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-14
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 May 22, 2017, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-16796
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Evaluation of Safety Sensitive Personnel for Moderate-to-Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Document Number: 2017-16451
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-08-08
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) (collectively, the Agencies) withdraw the March 10, 2016, advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) concerning the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, and its potential consequences for the safety of highway and rail transportation. The Agencies have determined not to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking at this time.
Kansas City Southern Railway Company's Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification
Document Number: 2017-16412
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-08-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that the Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) Version 1.0, dated June 30, 2017, on FRA's Secure Information Repository site on June 30, 2017. KCS asked FRA to approve its PTCSP and issue a Positive Train Control (PTC) System Certification for KCS' Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-15791
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-15790
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-15789
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Work Force Development Survey
Document Number: 2017-15585
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-25
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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-15053
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-18
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.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-14809
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-14808
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-14683
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the renewal 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 March 14, 2017, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Competitive Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program
Document Number: 2017-14355
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-07-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule implements a pilot program for competitive selection of eligible petitioners in lieu of Amtrak to operate not more than three long-distance routes operated by Amtrak. The final rule is required by statute.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-13975
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-07-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-13746
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of proposed information collection activities listed below. Before submitting these information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified in this notice.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2017-13235
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-13234
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2017-12797
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-06-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation