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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
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-01672
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-01671
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-01670
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Program Approval: Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Document Number: 2020-01667
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to explain its rationale for approving a Norfolk Southern Railway Company (NS) petition for a Test Program designed to test track inspection technologies (i.e., an autonomous locomotive-mounted geometry measurement system and an automated optical 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.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-01115
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Drug and Alcohol Testing: Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2020
Document Number: 2020-01011
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-23
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 employees and for maintenance-of-way (MOW) employees for calendar year 2020.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-00977
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-00976
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-00975
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
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