Federal Railroad Administration October 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E9-26214
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Environmental Impact Statement for the Altamont Corridor Rail Project From Stockton to San Jose, CA
Document Number: E9-26098
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this Notice to advise other agencies and the public that FRA and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the Altamont Corridor Rail Project proposed by the Authority and the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) from Stockton to San Jose via the Altamont Pass and Tri Valley area, connecting the Northern San Joaquin Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. The Authority and SJRRC are proposing to develop a dedicated regional rail corridor through the Altamont Pass and the Tri Valley area capable of supporting intercity and commuter rail passenger services. The project EIR/EIS will be prepared in compliance with relevant Federal and State laws, in particular the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will serve as a cooperating agency for the preparation of the EIR/EIS.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E9-25819
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Request for an Extension of a Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E9-25818
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E9-25817
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E9-25815
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Track Safety Standards; Continuous Welded Rail (CWR)
Document Number: E9-25278
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-10-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA published a final rule in the Federal Register on August 25, 2009, revising the Track Safety Standards. The final rule included compliance dates for Class I, II, and III railroads only. The final rule inadvertently omitted compliance dates for commuter railroads, intercity passenger railroads, and any other additional railroads that have continuous welded rail (CWR). This document corrects the final rule by including compliance dates for the omitted railroads and amending a reference to the effective date in the rule text.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E9-25078
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-20
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 August 10, 2009 (74 FR 39993).
Safety Advisory 2009-02
Document Number: E9-24927
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2009-02 to ensure that tank cars with defective or inoperable bottom outlet valves are not loaded with hazardous materials and offered for transportation, or in the event that a bottom outlet valve becomes inoperable en route, adequate unloading procedures are followed to prevent any unintended release of the car's contents. This safety advisory recommends specific loading and unloading procedures for hazardous materials tank cars equipped with bottom outlet valves, as well as the inspection, and as necessary, the repair of these valves.
Notice of Request for an Extension of an Informational Filing
Document Number: E9-24478
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-13
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: E9-24182
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-07
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.
Environmental Impact Statement for the California High Speed Train Project From Fresno to Bakersfield, CA
Document Number: E9-23749
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The FRA issued a Notice of Intent on March 13, 2009 for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with the California High-Speed Rail (Authority) for the Merced-to-Bakersfield 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 that Notice, alternatives involving the alignments and stations located between Merced and Bakersfield were identified. FRA is issuing this Notice to amend the project environmental process for the Merced to Bakersfield section into two separate project EISs.
Environmental Impact Statement for the California High-Speed Train Project from Merced to Fresno, CA
Document Number: E9-23728
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-10-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The FRA issued a Notice of Intent on March 13, 2009 for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) with the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) for the Merced to Bakersfield 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 that Notice, alternatives involving the alignments and stations located between Merced and Bakersfield were identified. This notice amends the project environmental process for the Merced to Bakersfield section and announces the preparation of two separate EIR/EISs.