Federal Railroad Administration 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E8-31180
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Qualification and Certification of Locomotive Engineers; Miscellaneous Revisions
Document Number: E8-31062
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA proposes revisions to its regulation governing the qualification and certification of locomotive engineers by prohibiting a railroad from reclassifying a person's locomotive engineer certificate to that of a more restrictive class during the period in which the certificate is otherwise valid while permitting the railroad to place restrictions on the locomotive engineer if appropriate. FRA also proposes to clarify that revocation of an engineer's certificate may only occur for the reasons specified in the regulation. Additionally, FRA proposes provisions that would require each railroad to identify the actions it will take in the event that a person fails a skills performance test or the railroad finds deficiencies with an engineer's performance during an operational monitoring observation or unannounced compliance test. These proposals will address unanticipated consequences arising from reclassifications and clarify the grounds upon which a railroad may revoke a locomotive engineer's certification.
Agency Information Collection Activities
Document Number: E8-30891
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-30
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 214, 217, 218, 225, 232, 238, 260, and 262. 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, 220, 224, 225, 229, 234, 236, 238, 240, and 244. The OMB approval numbers, titles, and expiration dates are included herein under supplementary information.
Adjustments to the Minimum and Maximum Civil Monetary Penalties for Violations of Federal Railroad Safety Laws or Federal Railroad Administration Safety Regulations
Document Number: E8-30753
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
To comply with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, FRA is adjusting the minimum civil monetary penalty that it will apply when it assesses a civil penalty for a violation of a railroad safety statute or regulation under its authority. FRA is also adjusting its ordinary maximum and aggravated maximum penalties to incorporate the new maximum civil penalty amounts authorized by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. In particular, FRA is increasing the minimum civil penalty per violation from $550 to $650, while the ordinary maximum civil penalty per violation will be increased from $16,000 to $25,000 and the aggravated maximum civil penalty per violation where a grossly negligent violation or pattern of repeated violations has created an imminent hazard of death or injury (``grossly negligent violation'') will be increased from $27,000 to $100,000.
Environmental Impact Statement for the California High Speed Train Project from San Francisco to San Jose, CA
Document Number: E8-30751
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice is to advise the public that FRA and the California High Speed Rail Authority (Authority) will jointly prepare a project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the San Francisco to San Jose section of the Authority's proposed California High-Speed Train (HST) System in compliance with relevant state and federal laws, in particular the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In 2001, the Authority and FRA started a tiered environmental review process for the HST system and in 2005, completed the first tier California High Speed Train Program EIR/EIS and approved the statewide HST system for intercity travel in California between the major metropolitan centers of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area in the north, through the Central Valley, to Los Angeles and San Diego in the south. The approved HST system would be about 800-miles long, with electric propulsion and steel-wheel-on-steel-rail trains capable of maximum operating speeds of 220 miles per hour (mph) on a mostly dedicated system of fully grade-separated, access-controlled steel tracks and with state-of-the-art safety, signaling, communication, and automated train control systems. In 2008, the Authority and FRA completed a second program EIR/EIS to evaluate alignments and station locations within the broad corridor between and including the Altamont Pass and the Pacheco Pass to connect the Bay Area and Central Valley portions of the HST system. The Authority and FRA selected the Pacheco PassSan Francisco and San Jose termini network alternative, as well as preferred corridor alignments and station location options. The selected alignment uses the Caltrain rail right-of-way, between San Francisco and San Jose along the San Francisco Peninsula, and the Pacheco Pass via Henry Miller Road, between San Jose and the Central Valley. The preparation of the San Francisco to San Jose HST Project EIR/ EIS will involve development of preliminary engineering designs and assessment of environmental effects associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance of the HST system, including track, ancillary facilities and stations, along the Caltrain corridor from San Francisco to San Jose.
Alcohol and Drug Testing: Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2009
Document Number: E8-30541
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Using data from Management Information System annual reports, FRA has determined that the 2007 rail industry random testing positive rates were 0.56 percent for drugs and 0.18 percent for alcohol. Because the industry-wide random drug testing positive rate has remained below 1.0 percent for the last two years, the Federal Railroad Administrator (Administrator) has determined that the minimum annual random drug testing rate for the period January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009, will remain at 25 percent of covered railroad employees. In addition, because the industry-wide random alcohol testing violation rate has remained below 0.5 percent for the last two years, the Administrator has determined that the minimum random alcohol testing rate will remain at 10 percent of covered railroad employees for the period January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009.
Adjustment of Monetary Threshold for Reporting Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents for Calendar Year 2009
Document Number: E8-30534
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule increases the rail equipment accident/incident reporting threshold from $8,500 to $8,900 for certain railroad accidents/incidents involving property damage that occur during calendar year 2009. This action is needed to ensure that FRA's reporting requirements reflect cost increases that have occurred since the reporting threshold was last computed in December of 2007.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E8-30159
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E8-30158
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E8-30157
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice Requesting Expressions of Interest in Implementing a High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor
Document Number: E8-29795
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 502 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, Public Law 110-432 (October 16, 2008), requires the Secretary of Transportation to ``issue a request for proposals for projects for the financing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a high-speed intercity passenger rail system operating within'' either the Northeast Corridor or a Federally designated high- speed rail (HSR) corridor. To satisfy this requirement, the FRA is soliciting and encouraging the submission of Expressions of Interest for potential projects to finance, design, construct, operate, and maintain an improved HSR intercity passenger system in the Northeast Corridor or in one of ten Federally designated corridors. FRA envisions this as the first phase of a qualification process that Congress may follow with more specific actions regarding particular proposals in one or more corridors.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29788
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-16
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 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.
Notice of Informational Meeting Regarding Applications for SAFETEA-LU Magnetic Levitation Project Selection
Document Number: E8-29531
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On October 16, 2008, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published a Notice of Funds Availability in the Federal Register. (FR Vol. 73, No. 201/Thursday October 16, 2008, pg 61449) In that Notice, FRA solicited applications from eligible applicants for $45 million authorized by section 1307 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) for preconstruction activities and capital costs of fixed guideway infrastructure of maglev projects east of the Mississippi River. (That notice and this notice do not apply to the maglev project between Las Vegas and Primm, NV.) Based upon the Joint Explanatory Statement of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Congress explained its intent ``to limit the eligible projects to three existing projects east of the Mississippi River: Pittsburgh, Baltimore-Washington, and Atlanta- Chattanooga.'' Proponents of eligible projects have requested meetings with FRA to clarify the application requirements. Because of the competitive nature of the application process, FRA will hold an open meeting where interested proponents of any of these three projects might discuss application requirements with FRA, in a forum that will permit proponents of all eligible projects to benefit from these discussions. All questions and responses will be available in summary form on FRA's Web site after the meeting.
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Notice of Public Hearing
Document Number: E8-29419
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29098
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
Agency: Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration
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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29095
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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. Each 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 collection of information listed below was published on September 25, 2008 (See 73 FR 55589).
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-29036
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-10
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. Each 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 collection of information listed below was published on October 2, 2008 (See 73 FR 57404).
Petition for Special Approval of Alternate Standard
Document Number: E8-29097
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Systems
Document Number: E8-28893
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On October 16, 2008, the final rule in this proceeding providing regulatory relief for implementation and use of electronically controlled pneumatic brake systems was published with an effective date of December 15, 2008. See 73 FR 61512. See 73 FR 61512. To comply with the Congressional Review Act, the effective date of the final rule is being delayed to January 12, 2009.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E8-28886
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Safety Advisory 2008-02
Document Number: E8-28652
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2008-02 in order to provide guidance to interested parties concerning the inspection and repair of GVSR series flatcars that have been modified to add welded vertical hand brake supports. FRA's Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance Motive Power and Equipment (MP&E) Division has been notified of a catastrophic failure of the welded securement of the vertical hand brake support on Flatcar GVSR 209000. The failure occurred on May 29, 2008, and resulted in the fatality of a Union Pacific Railroad (UP) train crewmember.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC); Working Group Activity Update
Document Number: E8-28448
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is updating its announcement of RSAC's Working Group activities to reflect its current status.
Track Safety Standards; Continuous Welded Rail (CWR)
Document Number: E8-28438
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to amend the Federal Track Safety Standards to promote the safety of railroad operations over continuous welded rail (CWR). In particular, FRA is proposing specific requirements for the qualification of persons designated to inspect CWR track, or supervise the installation, adjustment, or maintenance of CWR track. FRA is also proposing to clarify the procedures associated with the submission of CWR plans to FRA by track owners. FRA proposes that these plans focus on inspecting CWR for pull-apart prone conditions, and focus more specifically on CWR joint installation and maintenance procedures. This proposed rule would also make other changes to the requirements governing CWR.
Miscellaneous Amendments to the Federal Railroad Administration's Accident/Incident Reporting Requirements
Document Number: E8-28443
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-11-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
By notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published on September 9, 2008 (73 FR 52496), FRA proposed revisions to its regulations governing railroad accident/incident recording and reporting. This document announces a public hearing to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on the NPRM and announces a thirty (30) day extension of the comment period, which closed November 10, 2008, to commence on the date of the public hearing. This extension provides interested parties the opportunity to comment on the NPRM and to respond to matters that arise at the public hearing related to the NPRM.
Railroad Safety Enforcement Procedures; Enforcement, Appeal and Hearing Procedures for Rail Routing Decisions
Document Number: E8-27827
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In this final rule, FRA is establishing procedures to enable railroad carriers to challenge rail routing decisions made by FRA's Associate Administrator for Safety (Associate Administrator) that carry out the requirements adopted in a separate rulemaking of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). In PHMSA's final rule published today, railroad carriers are required to take the following actions to enhance the safety and security of certain shipments of explosive, toxic by inhalation (TIH), and radioactive materials: Compile annual data on shipments of these materials; use the data to analyze safety and security risks along rail routes where those materials are transported; assess alternative routing options, including interchanging the traffic with other railroad carriers; seek information from State, local and tribal officials regarding security risks to high-consequence targets along or in proximity to the routes; consider mitigation measures to reduce safety and security risks, and select the practicable routes that pose the least overall safety and security risk. Under PHMSA's final rule, FRA's Associate Administrator may require a railroad carrier to use an alternative route to the route selected by the railroad carrier if the Associate Administrator determines that the carrier's route selection documentation and underlying analysis are deficient and fail to establish that the route chosen by the carrier poses the least overall safety and security risk based on the information available.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-27908
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-25
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 an extension of the following currently approved information collection activities. These information collection activities received a six-month emergency approval from OMB. FRA seeks this extension while it works on developing a proposed rule related to the same topic of inappropriate cell phone use and other electronic/electrical devices by railroad employees while on-duty. 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: E8-27901
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E8-27672
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the thirty-seventh meeting of the RSAC, a Federal advisory committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The RSAC meeting topics will include opening remarks from the FRA Administrator, and status reports will be provided by the Passenger Safety, Locomotive Safety Standards, Railroad Bridge Safety, Medical Standards, Railroad Operating Rules, and Track Safety Standards Working Groups. FRA may offer several tasks pertaining to the mandates contained in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Subjects to be addressed by these tasks include hours of service recordkeeping and reporting, implementing regulations for Positive Train Control systems, hours of service limitations and fatigue management for employees of intercity and commuter passenger railroads, certification of conductors, and potentially other topics. This agenda is subject to change.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E8-26665
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E8-26664
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Funding Availability and Solicitation of Applications for Grants under the Railroad Rehabilitation and Repair Grant Program
Document Number: E8-26478
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under this Notice, the FRA encourages interested State departments of transportation to submit applications for grants to repair and rehabilitate Class II and Class III railroad infrastructure damaged by hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters in areas for which the President declared a major disaster after January 1, 2008, under Title IV of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974.
Agency Request for Emergency Processing of Collections of Information Associated with Today's Publication of Solicitation of Applications and Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
Document Number: E8-26477
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration (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. 3501 et seq.). FRA requests that OMB authorize the collection of information identified below on or before November 21, 2008, for 180 days after the date of approval by OMB. A copy of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling FRA's Clearance Officers, Mr. Robert Brogan (tel. (202) 493-6292) or Ms. Nakia Jackson (tel. (202) 493-6073). These numbers are not toll-free. A copy of this ICR may also be obtained electronically by contacting Mr. Brogan at robert.brogan@dot.gov or by contacting Ms. Jackson at nakia.jackson@dot.gov. Comments and questions about the ICR identified below should be directed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Attn: FRA OMB Desk Officer, 725 17th St., NW., Washington, DC 20503. Comments and questions about the ICR identified below may also be transmitted electronically to OIRA at oira_ submissions@omb.eop.gov.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-26088
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-03
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.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E8-25844
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Special Approval of Alternate Standard
Document Number: E8-25768
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Agency Request for Emergency Processing of Collection of Information by the Office of Management and Budget
Document Number: E8-25480
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA hereby gives notice that it is seeking emergency approval processing from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) for the information collection request (ICR) listed below. FRA requests that OMB authorize the collection of information identified below on or before October 31, 2008, for a period of 180 days after the date of issuance of this notice in the Federal Register. On October 7, 2008, in response to the September 12, 2008, Chatsworth, California, collision of a Union Pacific (UP) freight train and a Metrolink commuter train, which resulted in the deaths of 25 people and numerous injuries, as well as other recent accidents/incidents involving cell phone use and use of electronic/electrical devices, FRA published in the Federal Register Emergency Order No. 26 (E.O. 26) (see 73 FR 58702) restricting on-duty railroad operating employees' use of cell phones and other distracting electronic and electronic devices. Because E.O. 26 goes into effect on October 27, 2008, and because E.O. 26 imposes information collection requirements that must be fulfilled by the nation's railroads, FRA is seeking emergency approval for the proposed collection of information to enforce compliance with E.O. 26 and to ensure the safety of affected railroad employees and the general public during train operations throughout the United States.
Notice of Funding Availability and Solicitation of Applications for the SAFETEA-LU Magnetic Levitation Project Selection
Document Number: E8-24567
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under this Notice, the FRA announces that $45 million authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) for grants to existing magnetic levitation (maglev) projects located east of the Mississippi River has been appropriated and that project proponents (States or State designated authorities) for the three eligible projects may submit applications for grants to fund such projects. The three eligible projects are the Pittsburgh project, the Baltimore-Washington project, and the Atlanta-Chattanooga project. Funds awarded under this section can be used for preconstruction planning activities and capital costs of the fixed guideway infrastructure of a maglev project. This Notice of Funding Availability does not apply to the $45 million appropriated specifically for the Nevada Department of Transportation to fund the existing proposed maglev project between Las Vegas and Primm, Nevada (see section 102 of the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of 2008, Pub. L. 110-244 (June 6, 2008)).
Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Systems
Document Number: E8-22549
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing revisions to the regulations governing freight power brakes and equipment by adding a new subpart addressing electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake systems. The revisions are designed to provide for and encourage the safe implementation and use of ECP brake system technologies. These revisions contains specific requirements relating to design, interoperability, training, inspection, testing, handling defective equipment, and periodic maintenance related to ECP brake systems. The final rule also identifies provisions of the existing regulations and statutes where FRA is proposing to provide flexibility to facilitate the voluntary adoption of this advanced brake system technology.
Notice of Closing of Funding Availability and Request for Comments for the Capital Assistance to States-Intercity Passenger Rail Service Program for Fiscal Year 2008
Document Number: E8-24524
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On February 19, 2008, FRA issued a Notice of Funding Availability and Solicitation of Applications for the Capital Assistance to StatesIntercity Passenger Rail Service Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. On September 30, 2008, DOT announced the selection of awardees for the available FY 2008 funding. Therefore, FRA is now announcing that it will no longer be accepting applications for awards of the FY 2008 funding. FRA is also requesting, in preparation for a possible FY 2009 Notice of Funding Availability and Solicitation of Applications, that past and prospective applicants (or associations representing past and prospective applicants) submit comments regarding their experience with the program and suggestions for possible improvements.
Declaration of Emergency Event
Document Number: E8-24379
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On September 26, 2008, the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) determined that the impending landfall of tropical storm Kyle on the coast of the United States and the potential of that storm to reach hurricane status constituted an emergency event as related to railroad operations. Accordingly, the Administrator activated the Emergency Relief Docket. This document provides notice of the Administrator's determination.
Emergency Order To Restrict On-Duty Railroad Operating Employees' Use of Cellular Telephones and Other Distracting Electronic and Electrical Devices
Document Number: E8-23755
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This is an emergency order to restrict on-duty railroad operating employees from improperly using cellular telephones and other distracting electronic and electrical devices.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-23276
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-10-02
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.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E8-22904
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-22563
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-09-25
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.