Federal Railroad Administration May 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-11224
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-30
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 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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-11222
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-30
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 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 February 22, 2019, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Train Crew Staffing
Document Number: 2019-11088
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-05-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA withdraws the March 15, 2016 NPRM concerning train crew staffing. In withdrawing the NPRM, FRA is providing notice of its affirmative decision that no regulation of train crew staffing is necessary or appropriate for railroad operations to be conducted safely at this time.
Moving the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Civil Penalties Schedules and Guidelines From the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to the FRA Website
Document Number: 2019-09979
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-05-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
To eliminate unnecessary costs and improve public access, FRA is removing its civil penalties schedules and guidelines from the CFR and publishing them on the FRA website.
Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold
Document Number: 2019-10267
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is updating the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold (NSRT) for purposes of FRA's regulation on the Use of Locomotive Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings. This action is needed to ensure the public has the proper permissible risk threshold to evaluate risk resulting from prohibiting routine locomotive horn sounding at highway- rail grade crossings located in quiet zones. This is the eighth update to the NSRT and it is decreasing from 14,723 to 13,811.
Revision of Method for Calculating Monetary Threshold for Reporting Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents
Document Number: 2019-09980
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-05-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under FRA's accident/incident reporting regulation, railroads are required to report to FRA all rail equipment accidents/incidents above the monetary reporting threshold (reporting threshold) applicable to that calendar year. FRA proposes to amend this regulation to modify the way it calculates periodic adjustments to the reporting threshold.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2019-09959
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-09958
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Qualification and Certification of Locomotive Engineers; Miscellaneous Revisions
Document Number: 2019-09028
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-05-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to revise its regulation governing the qualification and certification of locomotive engineers to make it consistent with its regulation for the qualification and certification of conductors. The proposed changes include: Amending the program submission process; handling engineer and conductor petitions for review with a single FRA review board (Operating Crew Review Board or OCRB); and revising the filing requirements for petitions to the OCRB. The proposed revisions would result in cost savings and benefits for railroads and locomotive engineers by adopting the conductor certification regulation's streamlined processes developed twenty years after the engineer certification regulation. Consistent with Executive Order 13771, the proposed rule would reduce the overall regulatory burden and the paperwork and reporting burden under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 on railroads and locomotive engineers.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-09272
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-07
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 October 26, 2018, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2019-09240
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation