Track Safety Standards; Concrete Crossties
FRA is proposing to amend the Federal Track Safety Standards to promote the safety of railroad operations over track constructed with concrete crossties. In particular, FRA is proposing specific requirements for effective concrete crossties, for rail fastening systems connected to concrete crossties, and for automated inspections of track constructed with concrete crossties. In addition, FRA is proposing to remove the provision on preemptive effect.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC); Working Group Activity Update
The FRA is updating its announcement of RSAC's Working Group activities to reflect its current status.
Draft Tier II Environmental Impact Statement: Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor-Richmond, VA (Main Street Station) to Raleigh, NC (Boylan Wye)
On May 4, 2010, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) signed the Draft Tier II Environmental Impact Statement for the Southeast High Speed Rail, Richmond, VA to Raleigh, NC (Project). FRA is the lead Federal agency on the Project, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Division (NCDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are co-lead State agencies. By Federal Register Notice dated June 7, 2010, FRA announced the public hearing schedule for the Project and set the closing date for the comment period as August 30, 2010. Because of the high amount of interest in the Project, FRA, NCDOT and DRPT have decided to extend the comment period to Friday, September 10, 2010.
Notice of Buy America Waiver Request by Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority To Purchase 3,340 AREMA Specified Carbon Steel Standard 11/8
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) is seeking a waiver from FRA's Buy America requirement49 U.S.C. 24405(a). NNEPRA was awarded $35 million in an America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (``Recovery Act'') grant to extend Amtrak's Downeaster passenger service from its existing route of Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Maine further north to Brunswick, Maine with a stop in Freeport, Maine. The project requires the purchase and use of 3,340 AREMA specified carbon steel standard 1\1/8\ nominal diameter nuts. NNEPRA seeks the waiver under 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(2)(B) in that it asserts that the specific nuts it needs are not produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or are not of a satisfactory quality.