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Program Modification Approval: BNSF Railway Company
Document Number: 2020-20752
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to explain its rationale for granting a modification to the previously-approved BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) Test Program designed to test track inspection technologies (i.e., an autonomous track geometry measurement system) and new operational approaches to track inspections. The previously-approved Test Program included a limited, temporary suspension of a substantive FRA rule that is necessary to facilitate the conduct of the Test Program.
Revised Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Link Union Station Project, Los Angeles, CA
Document Number: 2020-20520
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), on behalf of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), as the federal lead agency under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Assignment is issuing this notice to advise other Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies and the public that the Authority intends to revise the scope of the analysis of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Link Union Station Project (Link US Project) in the cities of Los Angeles and Vernon, California, compliance with relevant state and federal laws, in particular NEPA.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-20421
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-20386
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-16
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 in the ICRs.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-20085
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-20034
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-11
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.
Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions by FRA and Other Federal Agencies
Document Number: 2020-20009
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final actions taken by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and other agencies relating to the Long Bridge Project (Project) consistent with section (l) of Efficient Environmental Reviews for Project Decisionmaking.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2020-19737
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the sixtieth meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-19652
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-19398
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-19397
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-19330
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-02
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 29, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-19271
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Revised Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the California High-Speed Rail System, Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section, CA
Document Number: 2020-18610
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), on behalf of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) as the federal lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Assignment (July 2019), is issuing this notice to advise other federal, state, local, and tribal agencies and the public that the Authority intends to revise the scope of the analysis of the combined project-level Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and project-level Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section of the Authority's proposed California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System from the Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) in the City of Los Angeles, California, to the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) in the City of Anaheim, California, in compliance with relevant state and federal laws, in particular the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and NEPA. Since publication of the notice of intent (NOI), the Authority has identified the proposed BNSF Colton Intermodal Facility Component (Colton Component) and BNSF Lenwood Staging Track Component (Lenwood Component) as necessary components of the Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section of the HSR system. This Revised NOI is being issued to solicit additional public and agency input into the development of the scope of the EIR/EIS for the Los Angeles to Anaheim Project Section with respect to the Colton and Lenwood Components. Public input received during outreach activities conducted by the Authority and its representatives will be considered in the preparation of the combined EIR/EIS.
Notice of Final Agency Actions on Proposed Railroad Project in California, on Behalf of the California High-Speed Rail Authority
Document Number: 2020-18603
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The 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, the FRA is advising the public of the time limit to file a claim seeking judicial review of the actions. The actions relate to a proposed railroad project, the California High-Speed Rail Project Fresno to Bakersfield Section: Locally Generated Alternative in Kern County, California. The Fresno to Bakersfield Locally Generated Alternative (F-B LGA) provides an alternative alignment for a 23.13-mile segment of the Fresno to Bakersfield Section between the City of Shafter and the City of Bakersfield. The F-B LGA station will be located at the intersection of State Route (SR) 204 and F Street in Bakersfield. A maintenance of infrastructure facility will be located along the F-B LGA in northern Shafter between Poplar Avenue and Fresno Avenue. These actions grant approvals for project implementation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-18530
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-18482
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-24
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 Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-18314
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-18313
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-17479
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-17057
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-17029
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-17028
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-17027
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-16684
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-16682
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-16229
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-16228
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-16227
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Program Approval: Canadian Pacific Railway Company
Document Number: 2020-16222
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to explain its rationale for approving a Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) 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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-15839
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-22
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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-15838
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-22
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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-15837
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-22
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 April 22, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-15330
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-16
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 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.
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-15189
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-15188
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2020-15187
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2020-15186
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2020-15148
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-14
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 April 15, 2020, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICRs.
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