Federal Railroad Administration May 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-12880
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System or Relief
Document Number: 2010-12728
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Safety Advisory 2010-01
Document Number: 2010-12556
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2010-01 in order to provide guidance to interested parties concerning the inspection and repair of FTTX series flatcars that have welded vertical hand brake supports that have been modified to accommodate a 10-inch wide hand brake step. FRA's Office of Railroad Safety Motive Power and Equipment (MP&E) Division has been notified that approximately 1,851 FTTX series flatcars that are owned by TTX Company (TTX) may have a notch cut into the vertical hand brake supports, which compromises the safety of the hand brake support angles.
Notice of Buy America Waiver Request by Oregon Department of Transportation for Steel Roof Tiles To Be Used in Union Station Roof Rehabilitation
Document Number: 2010-12157
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Oregon Department of Transportation (``ODOT'') has requested a waiver from the Buy America requirements of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (``PRIIA'') (49 U.S.C. 24405(a)) for the purchase of metal roof tiles made of 40/45 KSI 2, 24 Gauge (0.0276'') Galvanized ``Non-Fluting'' Steel Stock with Kynar PPG 5LR82411 or L/G Rodda Red II Paint finish color. ODOT is seeking a waiver in order to complete the rehabilitation of the historic Union Station roof in Portland, Oregon as one component of a project funded by FRA under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (``Recovery Act''). The purpose of this notice is to seek public comment on whether the FRA should grant a waiver to its Buy America requirements in 49 U.S.C. 24405(a).
Restrictions on Railroad Operating Employees' Use of Cellular Telephones and Other Electronic Devices
Document Number: 2010-11484
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-18
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to amend its railroad communications regulations by restricting use of mobile telephones and other distracting electronic devices by railroad operating employees. This proposed rulemaking would codify most of the requirements of FRA Emergency Order No. 26, which would be supplanted by the final rule. FRA proposes that some of the substantive requirements of that order as well as its scope be changed by this rulemaking to accommodate changes previously recommended by a petition for review of that order and a number of additional amendments that FRA believes are appropriate. In addition, FRA is requesting comment regarding whether violations of this proposed subpart should be a basis for revoking a locomotive engineer's certification.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-11577
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Solicitation of Applications and Notice of Funding Availability for the FRA Railroad System Issues Research and Development Program
Document Number: 2010-11510
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under this Notice, the FRA is soliciting applications from interested and responsible parties for two grants: (1) To conduct a Locomotive Biofuel Study, and (2) to conduct a Study of the Use of Bio- based Technologies (Lubricants) that can be used in locomotives, rolling stock and other rail equipment.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2010-11382
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the charter renewal of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. This charter renewal will take effect on May 17, 2010, and will expire after 2 years.
Metrics and Standards for Intercity Passenger Rail Service under Section 207 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008
Document Number: 2010-11261
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Section 207 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (Division B of Pub. L. 110-432) (PRIIA) charged the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Amtrak jointly and in consultation with other parties, with developing new or improving existing metrics and minimum standards for measuring the performance and service quality of intercity passenger train operations. In compliance with the statute, the FRA and Amtrak jointly drafted performance metrics and standards for intercity passenger rail service and, on March 13, 2009, posted a draft document, entitled ``Proposed Metrics and Standards for Intercity Passenger Rail Service,'' on the FRA's Web site. Simultaneously, the FRA published a notice in the Federal Register (74 FR 10983) requesting comments on the Proposed Metrics and Standards from the Surface Transportation Board, rail carriers over whose rail lines Amtrak trains operate, States, Amtrak employees, nonprofit employee organizations representing Amtrak employees, and groups representing Amtrak passengers. Seventeen comments were submitted to the corresponding docket (number FRA-2009-0016) at regulations.gov by the end of the comment period on March 27, 2009 and as a result, the FRA and Amtrak have jointly made, and are jointly issuing, revisions to the Metrics and Standards. The final version of the Metrics and Standards is posted on the FRA's Web site at https://www.fra.dot.gov/us/ content/2165.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-11212
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-11211
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-11208
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-11206
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notification of Petition for Approval; Railroad Safety Program Plan
Document Number: 2010-11204
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-12
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Request for Expedited Certification and Type Approval of Amtrak Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES)
Document Number: 2010-11030
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Vehicle/Track Interaction Safety Standards; High-Speed and High Cant Deficiency Operations
Document Number: 2010-10624
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to amend the Track Safety Standards and Passenger Equipment Safety Standards applicable to high-speed and high cant deficiency train operations in order to promote the safe interaction of rail vehicles with the track over which they operate. The proposal would revise existing limits for vehicle response to track perturbations and add new limits as well. The proposal accounts for a range of vehicle types that are currently used and may likely be used on future high-speed or high cant deficiency rail operations, or both. The proposal is based on the results of simulation studies designed to identify track geometry irregularities associated with unsafe wheel/ rail forces and accelerations, thorough reviews of vehicle qualification and revenue service test data, and consideration of international practices.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-10446
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-04
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 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.