Federal Railroad Administration June 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Environmental Impact Statement: Relocation or Reconstruction of Rail Lines in Tupelo, MS
Document Number: 06-5822
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that FRA will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relocation or reconstruction of railroad lines in the Tupelo, Mississippi central business district. The study area is defined to extend from the vicinity of Plantersville, MS, southeast of Tupelo, to the vicinity of Sherman, northwest of Tupelo. Tupelo is the primary business center of northeast Mississippi. Currently, within the central business district there are more than 25 at-grade rail crossings on two railroad lines. One of the rail lines is owned by the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and the other by the Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS). The two rail lines cross at an interchange near downtown Tupelo. There are between twenty and twenty- five trains per day on the BNSF line, and three or four per day on the KCS line. There are few rail customers remaining in the central business district, and most of the trains are through trains operating in the Birmingham, Alabama to Memphis, Tennessee corridor. Traffic congestion is already a significant problem in the central business district, and the current rail line configuration is a contributing cause to this congestion. The switchyard between the two lines is within the central business district, and the BNSF line runs diagonally through the highest volume intersection in the city. Tupelo's employment has been growing at a steady pace of about 1,000 jobs per year for the last few years, which only increases vehicular traffic to the area and further exacerbates the situation. Moreover, issues with access to emergency facilities exist in that many Tupelo residents may be cut off from the regional medical center due to delays caused by the rail line and switching station. The FRA has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), with FRA as the lead Federal agency and MDOT as the lead state agency. Funding for the EIS was provided through an appropriation in the Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2004, Public Law 108-199 (January 23, 2004).
Locomotive Crashworthiness
Document Number: 06-5667
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-06-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing comprehensive, minimum standards for locomotive crashworthiness. These crashworthiness standards are intended to help protect locomotive cab occupants in the event of a locomotive collision. Examples of locomotive collision scenarios considered in this rulemaking include collisions with another locomotive, the rear of another train, a piece of on-track equipment, a shifted load on a freight car on an adjacent parallel track, and a highway vehicle at a rail-highway grade crossing. Locomotive crashworthiness must be demonstrated by complying with either the final rule's new performance standards or an FRA-approved design standard.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E6-9971
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
Document Number: E6-9733
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
DOT intends to establish a system of records under the Privacy Act of 1974.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-9404
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-16
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 describes 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 April 7, 2006 (71 FR 17945).
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-9402
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-16
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 for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E6-9277
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Automatic Train Control (ATC) and Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES); Northeast Corridor (NEC) Railroads
Document Number: E6-8859
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In 1998, FRA issued an Order of Particular Applicability (Order) requiring all trains operating on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between New Haven, Connecticut, and Boston, Massachusetts (NECNorth End) to be equipped to respond to the new Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES). In 2002, CSXT Transportation (CSXT) requested, and FRA granted, permission to run its nighttime operations under temporary operating protocols until further notice. In March 2006, both CSXT and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) requested that FRA rescind the 2002 CSXT nighttime operating protocols because advancements in the ACSES system had made them unnecessary. On May 1, 2006, FRA notified CSXT and Amtrak by letter that it had agreed to rescind the CSXT nighttime protocols as requested. This amendment conforms the Order accordingly.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E6-8785
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-07
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 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 March 31, 2006 (71 FR 16412).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E6-8738
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E6-8737
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E6-8735
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E6-8733
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation