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Notice of Final Agency Actions on Proposed Railroad Project in California on Behalf of the California High Speed Rail Authority
Document Number: 2022-06703
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA, on behalf of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), is issuing this notice to announce actions taken by the Authority that are final. By this notice, FRA is advising the public of the time limit to file a claim seeking judicial review of the actions. The actions relate to the California High-Speed Rail Burbank to Los Angeles Project Section (Project). These actions grant approvals for project implementation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other laws, regulations, and executive orders.
Notice of Availability of a Final General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System, San Jose to Merced Section
Document Number: 2022-06724
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is providing this notice to advise the public that it is issuing a Final General Conformity Determination (FCD) for the San Jose to Merced Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System.
Long Island Rail Road's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2022-06613
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on March 22, 2022, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) 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.
Florida East Coast Railway's Request for Approval To Field Test Positive Train Control on Its Cocoa Subdivision
Document Number: 2022-06612
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on March 18, 2022, Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) submitted a document entitled, ``Combined FECR Test Request V 2.0,'' dated March 1, 2022, to FRA. FECR asks FRA to approve its request so that FECR may field test, on its Cocoa Subdivision, FECR's freight trains and Brightline's passenger trains that have been equipped with positive train control (PTC) technology.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2022-06597
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2022-06596
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2022-06595
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance and Statutory Exemption
Document Number: 2022-06011
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts
Document Number: 2022-04456
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-21
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, Office of the Secretary
This final rule provides the statutorily-prescribed 2022 adjustment to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations. In addition, this rule notes new DOT civil penalties authority provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act).
Railroad Workplace Safety
Document Number: 2022-05625
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-03-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is revising its regulations governing railroad workplace safety to: Allow for the use of alternative cybersecurity standards for electronic display systems used to view track authority information for roadway worker safety, and exempt certain remotely operated roadway maintenance machines from existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) requirements for enclosed cabs.
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2022-05038
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Metro-North Commuter Railroad's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2022-04995
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on February 22, 2022, Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNR) 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.
Petition for Modification of Standards and Alternate Compliance
Document Number: 2022-04763
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Expansion of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2022-04762
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Equivalent Protective Arrangements for Railroad Employees
Document Number: 2022-04530
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA proposes guidance for its grantees on protective arrangements that are required to protect employees impacted by certain projects financed by the Federal Government. FRA intends its final guidance (FRA Guidance) on this topic to inform its grantees on how to comply with statutory requirements for these protections in the performance of their grants.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2022-02937
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-11
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.
New Jersey Transit's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2022-02512
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on January 14, 2022, New Jersey Transit (NJT) 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.
Request for Information for the Corridor Identification and Development Program
Document Number: 2022-02450
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The BIL provides historic appropriations for railroad transportation grant programs administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and also authorizes new programs to enhance rail safety and to repair, restore, improve, and expand the nation's rail network. Among those new programs is the Corridor Identification and Development Program (the Program), which creates a new framework to facilitate the development of new, enhanced, and restored intercity passenger rail corridors throughout the country. The BIL requires the Secretary of Transportation to establish the Program within 180 days of enactment (i.e., May 14, 2022). This responsibility is delegated to FRA. In this request for information (RFI), FRA is seeking comments on the Program and how it can best serve stakeholders and the public in facilitating the development of intercity passenger rail corridors.
Control of Alcohol and Drug Use: Coverage of Mechanical Employees and Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2022-01985
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-02-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
As mandated by the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act or Act), FRA is expanding the scope of its alcohol and drug regulation to cover mechanical employees. This rule clarifies who FRA considers a mechanical employee for regulatory purposes, and adopts proposed technical amendments.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2022-02108
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-02
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: 2022-01603
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-27
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) 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 November 8, 2021, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2022-00731
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-14
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.
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2022-00345
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Establishment of an Emergency Relief Docket for Calendar Year 2022
Document Number: 2022-00166
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice announces the establishment of FRA's emergency relief docket (ERD) for calendar year 2022. The designated ERD for calendar year 2022 is docket number FRA-2022-0001.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2022-00108
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-01-07
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 22, 2021, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Drug and Alcohol Testing: Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2022
Document Number: 2021-28325
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-29
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 2022.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-27793
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-27792
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-27791
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Caltrain's Request for Approval To Test Crossing Optimization on Its Positive Train Control Network
Document Number: 2021-27125
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on December 2, 2021, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) submitted a document entitled, ``Crossing Optimization Project: Test Request,'' Revision 1, dated November 29, 2021, to FRA. Caltrain asks FRA to approve its request so that Caltrain may field test its Crossing Optimization on track that has been equipped with positive train control (PTC) technology.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-26789
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
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) 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 23, 2021, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-26721
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Availability of a Final General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System, Burbank to Los Angeles Section
Document Number: 2021-26709
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is issuing a Final General Conformity Determination (FCD) for the Burbank to Los Angeles Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program
Document Number: 2021-26835
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
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 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.326, ``Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair.''
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program
Document Number: 2021-26457
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-07
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, 2021. The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.326, ``Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair.''
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-26424
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Draft General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System San Jose to Merced Section
Document Number: 2021-25805
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a draft General Conformity Determination for the San Jose to Merced Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System is available for public and agency review and comment.
Florida East Coast Railway's Positive Train Control Development Plan
Document Number: 2021-25481
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on November 12, 2021, Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Development Plan (PTCDP), Version 1.0, dated November 1, 2021, and that FECR's PTCDP is available for public comment. FECR requests that FRA approve its PTCDP, which describes the version of Wabtec Railway Electronics' Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS) that FECR intends to implement on at least one segment of its territory.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2021-25461
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the sixty-first meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC or Committee), a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The meeting will take place via videoconference.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2021-25460
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the charter renewal of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee established by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide information, advice, and recommendations to the FRA Administrator on matters relating to railroad safety. This charter renewal will be effective for two years from the date it is filed with Congress.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-24300
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-08
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.
Petition for Amendment of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-24009
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-04
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: 2021-23997
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that the North County Transit District (SDNX) submitted its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP), Version 3.0, dated September 30, 2021, to FRA's Secure Information Repository. SDNX asks FRA to approve its amendment to its PTCSP and issue a Positive Train Control System Certification as a Mixed System for SDNX's Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS).
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-23520
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-23518
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-23104
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-22
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 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.
CSX Transportation's Request for Testing Approval on Its Certified Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2021-22911
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on August 22, 2021, CSX Transportation (CSX) submitted its Test Request for Trip Optimizer Air Brake Control (TO Air Brake Control), Revision 1, dated August 22, 2021, to FRA. CSX asks FRA to approve its Test Request so that it may test its TO Air Brake Control on track that has been equipped with positive train control (PTC).
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-22262
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-22260
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
BNSF Railway's Request for Testing Approval on Its Certified Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2021-22238
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on August 2, 2021, BNSF Railway (BNSF) submitted its Onboard Movement Authority with the Virtual Block System (OMA VBS) Afton Pilot Test Plan, Version 1.2a, dated August 3, 2021, to FRA via the Secure Information Repository. BNSF asks FRA to approve its Test Plan, which includes changes to operating rules and procedures and dispatch processes, to test its OMA VBS on track that has been equipped with positive train control (PTC).