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Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-16055
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-07-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-16053
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-07-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program
Document Number: 2010-15993
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-07-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures for obtaining funding for individual high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects available under the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2010 (Div. A of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117, Dec. 16, 2009)). The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a separate notice in today's edition of the Federal Register for Fiscal Year 2010 funding made available for Service Development Programs.
High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program
Document Number: 2010-15992
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-07-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures for obtaining funding for high-speed and intercity passenger rail Service Development Programs available under the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2010 (Div. A of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117, Dec. 16, 2009)). The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a separate notice in today's edition of the Federal Register for Fiscal Year 2010 funding made available for Individual Projects.
State Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Action Plans
Document Number: 2010-15534
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-06-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule complies with a statutory mandate that the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) issue a rule to require the ten States with the most highway-rail grade crossing collisions, on average, over the past three years, to develop State highway-rail grade
Notice and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2010-14695
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-18
Agency: Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Dot, Federal Railroad Administration
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 April 8, 2010 (75 FR 18012).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-14479
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2010-14481
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2010-14480
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-16
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: 2010-14478
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under a notice published in the Federal Register on May 13, 2010 (75 FR 27112), the FRA sought applications from interested and responsible parties for two grants: to conduct a Locomotive Biofuel Study, and to conduct a Study of the Use of Bio-based Technologies (Lubricants) that can be used in locomotives, rolling stock and other rail equipment. The application deadline was June 7, 2010. FRA is extending the deadline until June 21, 2010 to give applicants additional time to complete the application process and submit applications.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-14475
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-14474
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-14473
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-14471
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-14470
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-14044
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-13936
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-10
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.
Draft Tier II Environmental Impact Statement: Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor-Richmond, VA (Main Street Station) to Raleigh, NC (Boylan Wye)
Document Number: 2010-13587
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration announces the availability of the Southeast High Speed Rail, Richmond, VA to Raleigh, NC Project Draft Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public review and comment. The DEIS was prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA implementing regulations, 40 CFR parts 1500-1508, and the FRA NEPA guidance, 64 FR 28545 (May 26, 1999). FRA is the lead Federal agency; the Federal Highway Administration, United States Coast Guard, United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service are cooperating Federal agencies. The North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Division (NCDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are co-lead State agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency included the DEIS in the Notice of Availability published on June 4, 2010.
Information Collection Requirements
Document Number: 2010-13498
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-07
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 Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describe 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 2, 2010 (75 FR 16896).
Information Collection Requirement; Notice and Request for Comments
Document Number: 2010-13462
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-07
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, 2010 (75 FR 16228).
Adoption of Environmental Impact Statement; Availability of an Environmental Reevaluation
Document Number: 2010-13398
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-06-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public and interested agencies that FRA has decided to adopt portions of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) issued by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in 2004 for the construction of the Transbay Transit Center (TTC) in San Francisco, California, in order to satisfy FRA's National Environmental Policy Act obligations related to funding the train box element of the TTC. Additionally, FRA has made available an Environmental Reevaluation of the EIS, updating certain relevant sections of the environmental analysis and describing design modifications to the train box. Under applicable Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations, FRA may adopt and recirculate the FTA's Final EIS since FRA's proposed action is substantially the same as the action covered by the FTA's EIS, and FRA has determined that the FTA EIS meets the standard for an adequate statement under the CEQ Regulations. In addition, under FRA's environmental procedures, FRA is required to issue a reevaluation of the adequacy, accuracy and validity of a final EIS in certain circumstances, which the agency has also done for this project.
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.
Moynihan Station Development Project
Document Number: 2010-9843
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration announces the availability of the Moynihan Station Development Project (Project) Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment. The EA was prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA implementing regulations, 40 CFR parts 1500-1508, and the FRA NEPA procedures, 64 FR 28545 (May 26, 1999). FRA is the lead Federal agency and the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) is the lead State agency.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-9105
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-21
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: 2010-8760
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-8756
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Railroad Safety Technology Grant Program
Document Number: 2010-8728
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The reference number is incorrect for the Notice of Funds Availability, Solicitation of Applications, published in the Federal Register (Volume 75, Number 59; March 29, 2010) for the Railroad Safety Technology Program, in the section, ``Requirements and Conditions for Grant Applications.'' The grant application guidance can be found at https://grants.gov, under funding opportunity RS-TEC-10-001.
Waiver Extension Request
Document Number: 2010-8695
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-8694
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-8693
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2010-8691
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-7900
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-04-08
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.