Federal Railroad Administration 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E5-7569
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting these information collection requirements (ICRs) for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Agency Information Collection Activities
Document Number: E5-7568
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b), this notice announces that new information collections requirements (ICRs) listed below have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These new ICRs pertain to 49 CFR parts 222, 229, and 236. Additionally, FRA hereby announces that other ICRs listed below have been re-approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These ICRs pertain to Parts 214, 216, 229, 238, and 240. The OMB approval numbers, titles, and expiration dates are included herein under supplementary information.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E5-7565
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Revision of Method for Calculating Monetary Threshold for Reporting Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents; Announcement of Reporting Threshold for Calendar Year 2006
Document Number: 05-24267
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is amending a portion of the accident reporting regulations. Specifically, FRA is amending the method for calculating the monetary threshold for reporting rail equipment accidents/ incidents. The amendment is necessary because, in 2001, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ceased collecting and publishing railroad wage data used by FRA in the calculation. Consequently, FRA has had to seek a new source of publicly-available data. In the new formula, FRA uses wage data collected and maintained by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) in place of the unavailable BLS wage data. As equipment data remain available from the BLS, there is no change to the source of the equipment component of the reporting threshold. The purpose of the rule is to ensure and maintain comparability between different years of accident data by having the threshold keep pace with any increases or decreases in equipment and labor costs so that each year accidents involving the same minimum amount of railroad property damage are included in the reportable accident counts. In addition, FRA is using the newly established formula to calculate a new accident/incident monetary reporting threshold for calendar year 2006. This final rule increases the monetary threshold for reporting rail equipment accidents/incidents from $6,700 to $7,700, and applies to accidents and incidents involving railroad property damage that occur on or after January 1, 2006.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E5-7288
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting these information collection requirements for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC); Working Group Activity Update
Document Number: E5-7200
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The FRA is updating its announcement of RSAC's Working Group activities to reflect its current status.
Passenger Equipment Safety Standards; Miscellaneous Amendments and Attachments of Safety Appliances on Passenger Equipment
Document Number: 05-23672
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-12-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to clarify and amend its existing regulations in an effort to address various mechanical issues relevant to the manufacture, efficient utilization, and safe operation of passenger equipment and trains that have arisen since FRA's original issuance of the Passenger Equipment Safety Standards. FRA proposes miscellaneous amendments to its existing regulations in five areas by: Clarifying the terminology related to piston travel indicators; providing alternative design and additional inspection criteria for new passenger equipment not designed to allow inspection of the application and release of the brakes from outside the equipment; permitting some latitude in the use of passenger equipment with redundant air compressors when a limited number of the compressors become inoperative; recognizing current locomotive manufacturing techniques by permitting an alternative pneumatic pressure test for main reservoirs; and adding provisions to ensure the proper securement of unattended equipment. FRA is also clarifying the existing regulatory requirements related to the attachment of safety appliances and is proposing an identification and inspection protocol to address passenger equipment containing welded safety appliances or welded safety appliance brackets or supports. Finally, FRA is proposing to permit railroads the ability to apply out- of-service credit to certain periodic maintenance requirements.
Standards for Development and Use of Processor-Based Signal and Train Control Systems; Clarification and Correcting Amendments
Document Number: 05-23571
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is clarifying preamble language and correcting rule text language in FRA's Standards for Development and Use of Processor-Based Signal and Train Control Systems, a final rule published on March 7, 2005 (PTC Rule). First, some language in the section-by-section analysis portion of the preamble to the PTC Rule inadvertently differs from the actual regulatory language, and FRA is noting the unintended variation to avoid confusion. Second, FRA is clarifying language regarding the applicability of new 49 CFR part 236, subpart H (the Processor-Based Standards) to highway-rail grade crossing warning systems (HGCWS). FRA wants to ensure that the rule language conforms with FRA's initial intent that the regulation apply to only certain HGCWS. Therefore, FRA is adding a provision to clarify which HGCWS products may be excluded from the requirements of the PTC Rule. FRA is also adding a provision to clarify that certain HGCWS products excluded from the requirements of the Processor-Based Standards may, at the option of the railroad, be made subject to the Processor-Based Standards. Third, FRA is adding a provision to clarify which HGCWS products shall be included in the software management control plans pursuant to 49 CFR 236.18. Finally, FRA is correcting a minor error in which a provision of the Processor-Based Standards was incorrectly cited.
Request for Comments
Document Number: E5-6527
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their expected burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on September 16, 2005 (70 FR 54798).
Bay Area To Central Valley High-Speed Train Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: E5-6526
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that FRA with the California High Speed Rail Authority (Authority) will jointly prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) and programmatic (program) environmental impact report (EIR) for the San Francisco Bay Area to Central Valley portion of the California High- Speed Train (HST) System in compliance with state and Federal laws, in particular the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FRA is also issuing this notice to solicit public and agency input into the development of the scope of the Bay Area to Central Valley HST Program EIR/EIS and to advise the public that outreach activities conducted by the Authority and its representatives will be considered in the preparation of the EIR/EIS. The FRA and the Authority recently completed a Program EIR/EIS as the first-phase of a tiered environmental review process for the Proposed California HST system, and as part of the selected HST Alternative defined a broad corridor between the Bay Area and Central Valley generally bounded by (and including) the Pacheco Pass (SR-152) to the South, the Altamont Pass (I-580) to the North, the BNSF Corridor to the East, and the Caltrain Corridor to the West. The Bay Area to Central Valley HST Program EIR/EIS will further examine this broad corridor as the next phase of the tiered environmental review process.
FRA Emergency Order No. 24, Notice No. 2; Emergency Order No. 24: Hand-Operated Main Track Switches; Amendment
Document Number: 05-23303
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) issues this notice to amend Emergency Order No. 24 (EO 24) in response to informal comments received from railroads and labor organizations. This amendment provides additional guidance, clarifying amendments and expanded relief from the EO.
Long Island Railroad; Supplemental Notice of Public Hearing and Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 05-23027
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Long Island Rail Road; Notice of Public Hearing
Document Number: 05-22393
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-22391
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Track Safety Standards; Inspection of Joints in Continuous Welded Rail (CWR)
Document Number: 05-21845
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-11-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is amending the Federal Track Safety Standards to improve the inspection of rail joints in continuous welded rail (CWR). This interim final rule (IFR) requires track owners to develop and implement a procedure for the detailed inspection of rail joints in CWR. This IFR also requires track owners to keep records of those inspections.
Reflectorization of Rail Freight Rolling Stock
Document Number: 05-21466
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document responds to petitions for reconsideration of FRA's January 3, 2005 rule mandating the reflectorization of freight rolling stock (freight cars and locomotives). This document amends and clarifies the final rule and also lifts the stay of the rule's effectiveness published on May 26, 2005 (70 FR 30378).
Emergency Order Requiring Special Handling, Instruction and Testing of Railroad Operating Rules Pertaining to Hand-Operated Main Track Switches
Document Number: 05-21253
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has determined that public safety compels issuance of this Emergency Order (EO) requiring railroads to modify their operating rules and take certain other actions necessary to ensure that railroad employees who dispatch non-signaled territory or who operate hand-operated main track switches (switches) in non- signaled territory, ensure the switches are restored to their proper (normal) position after use. For purposes of this EO, ``employee'' means an individual who is engaged or compensated by a railroad or by a contractor to a railroad to perform any of the duties defined in this EO. This EO is intended to reduce the risk of serious injury or death both to railroad employees and the general public.
Agency Request for Emergency Processing of Collection of Information by the Office of Management and Budget
Document Number: 05-21250
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA hereby gives notice that it has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency processing under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). FRA requests that OMB authorize the collection of information identified below on or before October 31, 2005, for a period of 180 days after the date of issuance of this notice in the Federal Register. A copy of this individual ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling FRA's clearance officers, Robert Brogan (telephone number (202) 493- 6292) or Victor Angelo (telephone number (202) 493-6470; these numbers are not toll-free), or by contacting Mr. Brogan via facsimile at (202) 493-6270 or Mr. Angelo via facsimile at (202) 493-6170, or via e-mail by contacting Mr. Brogan at robert.brogan@fra.dot.gov. or by contacting Mr. Angelo at victor.angelo@fra.dot.gov. Comments and questions about the ICR identified below should be directed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for FRA. Title: FRA Emergency Order No. 24, Notice No. 1.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Comments; Clearance of a New Information Collection: Work Schedules and Sleep Patterns of Railroad Dispatchers
Document Number: 05-20361
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for a new information collection. The proposed collection involves the work schedules and sleep patterns of railroad dispatchers. FRA seeks to develop an understanding of the work schedule-related fatigue issues that affect railroad dispatchers. FRA will use the data obtained from the proposed collection (a survey) to identify whether or not this segment of the railroad workforce has a work and sleep schedule pattern that may compromise their ability to carry out their safety critical role in railroad operations in a suitable manner. FRA is required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 to publish this notice. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on August 4, 2005.
Notice of Safety Advisory 2005-04
Document Number: 05-20097
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2005-04 advising shippers, consignees, and railroads of the dangers of allowing cars of ``time- sensitive'' chemicals to remain undelivered beyond their anticipated date of placement and to recommend enhanced procedures to avoid such occurrences. This action is being taken to improve the safety and reliability of hazardous materials shipments by railroad.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-19736
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice Publishing Substantive Criteria for Evaluation of Applications under the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program (RRIF)
Document Number: 05-19094
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is publishing this notice in response to Congressional direction contained in section 9003(j) of the recently enacted Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requesting the agency to identify the substantive criteria and standards used by the DOT/FRA to determine whether to approve or disapprove applications submitted under the RRIF Program. This information is being provided by publication in the Federal Register and posting on the DOT/FRA website, as required by the statute.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-19093
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-18487
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hereby announces that it is seeking renewal of the following currently approved information collection activities. Before submitting these information collection requirements (ICRs) for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 05-18486
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the next meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The RSAC meeting topics include a briefing on the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users; the National Rail Safety Action Plan; the new precess for rail safety oversight; Congressional reports; and the railroad industry's response to natural disasters. Status reports will be given on the Passenger Safety, Railroad Operating Rules, Roadway Worker, and other active working groups. The Committee will be asked to vote on the Passenger Safety Working Group (1) Emergency Preparedness recommendations for a proposed rescue window access time line, (2) Mechanical recommendations and (3) Crashworthiness recommendations for the notice of proposed rulemaking.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-18485
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-18484
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-18483
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-18482
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-18273
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirement (ICR) abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on July 6, 2005.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-17277
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-15953
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-15951
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-15950
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 05-15418
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hereby announces that it is seeking approval of the following information collection activities. Before submitting these information collection requirements for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Railroad Workplace Safety
Document Number: 05-14756
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-07-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On February 10, 2005, FRA published an interim final rule amending regulations on railroad workplace safety to clarify an ambiguous provision concerning the circumstances under which life vests or buoyant work vests are required for bridge workers working over water. 70 FR 7047. As no comments were received in response to the notice of interim final rule, this document adopts the interim final rule as a permanent final rule.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-14346
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-14345
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-14344
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-14343
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 05-14342
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation