Federal Railroad Administration 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-33352
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
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 are being 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 burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on October 17, 2011 (76 FR 64172).
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-33350
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-29
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 are being 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 burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on October 14, 2011 (76 FR 63990).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-33048
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-33047
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Alcohol and Drug Testing: Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2012
Document Number: 2011-33046
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-32460
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-32457
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-32455
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Alternate Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program
Document Number: 2011-31990
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule is in response to a statutory mandate that FRA complete a rulemaking proceeding to develop a pilot program that permits a rail carrier or rail carriers that own infrastructure over which Amtrak operates certain passenger rail service routes to petition FRA to be considered as a passenger rail service provider over such a route in lieu of Amtrak for a period not to exceed five years after the date of enactment of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008. The final rule develops this pilot program in conformance with the statutory directive.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-31227
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-31224
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Safety Advisory 2011-03
Document Number: 2011-31058
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2011-03 to remind each railroad bridge worker, railroad, and contractor or subcontractor to a railroad of the dangers posed by walking on unsecured sections of walkway and platform gratings, especially without fall protection. This safety advisory contains various recommendations to the employers of bridge workers to ensure that this issue is addressed by appropriate policies, procedures, and employee compliance.
Railroad Workplace Safety; Adjacent-Track On-Track Safety for Roadway Workers
Document Number: 2011-30250
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is amending its regulations on railroad workplace safety to further reduce the risk of serious injury or death to roadway workers performing work with potentially distracting equipment near certain adjacent tracks. In particular, this final rule requires that roadway workers comply with specified on-track safety procedures that railroads must adopt to protect those workers from the movement of trains or other on-track equipment on ``adjacent controlled track.'' FRA defines ``adjacent controlled track'' to mean ``a controlled track whose track center is spaced 19 feet or less from the track center of the occupied track.'' These on-track safety procedures are required for each adjacent controlled track when a roadway work group with at least one of the roadway workers on the ground is engaged in a common task with on-track, self-propelled equipment or coupled equipment on an occupied track. In addition, FRA is removing the provision on preemptive effect.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-30748
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Adjustment of Monetary Threshold for Reporting Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents for Calendar Year 2012
Document Number: 2011-30540
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule increases the rail equipment accident/incident reporting threshold from $9,400 to $9,500 for certain railroad accidents/incidents involving property damage that occur during calendar year 2012. This action is needed to ensure that FRA's reporting requirements reflect cost increases that have occurred since the reporting threshold was last published in December of 2010.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC); Working Group Activity Update
Document Number: 2011-30476
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The FRA is updating its announcement of RSAC's Working Group activities to reflect its current status.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-30213
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-23
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 are being 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 burden. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on September 8, 2011 (76 FR 55726).
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-29738
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-17
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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-29736
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-17
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 reinstatement of previously 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: 2011-29616
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-29605
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-16
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 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: 2011-29273
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-14
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.
Conductor Certification
Document Number: 2011-28175
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is prescribing regulations for certification of conductors, as required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. This rule requires railroads to have a formal program for certifying conductors. As part of that program, railroads are required to have a formal process for training prospective conductors and determining that all persons are competent before permitting them to serve as a conductor. FRA is issuing this regulation to ensure that only those persons who meet minimum Federal safety standards serve as conductors, to reduce the rate and number of accidents and incidents, and to improve railroad safety. Although this rule does not propose any specific amendments to the regulation governing locomotive engineer certification, it does highlight areas in that regulation that may require conforming changes.
Notice of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2011-28453
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Safety and Health Requirements Related to Camp Cars
Document Number: 2011-27818
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-10-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
To carry out a 2008 Congressional rulemaking mandate, FRA is creating regulations prescribing minimum safety and health requirements for camp cars that a railroad provides as sleeping quarters to any of its train employees, signal employees, and dispatching service employees (covered-service employees) and individuals employed to maintain its right of way. Under separate but related statutory authority, FRA is also amending its regulations regarding construction of employee sleeping quarters. In particular, FRA's existing guidelines with respect to the location, in relation to switching or humping of hazardous material, of a camp car that is occupied exclusively by individuals employed to maintain a railroad's right of way are being replaced with regulatory amendments prohibiting a railroad from positioning such a camp car in the immediate vicinity of the switching or humping of hazardous material. Finally, FRA is making miscellaneous changes clarifying its provision on applicability, removing an existing provision on the preemptive effect of the regulations as unnecessary, and moving, without changing, an existing provision on penalties for violation.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2011-27969
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the forty-fifth 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 Electronic Device Distraction, Critical Incident, Track Safety Standards, Dark Territory, Passenger Safety, and Medical Standards Working Groups. This agenda is subject to change, including the possible addition of further proposed tasks under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
Notice of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2011-27508
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-27503
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-27501
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-27340
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-24
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 is being 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 12, 2011 (76 FR 50320).
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-26592
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-17
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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-26649
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-14
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.
Positive Train Control Systems
Document Number: 2011-26594
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-10-14
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On August 24, 2011, FRA published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would remove regulatory provisions requiring railroads to either conduct further analyses or meet certain risk-based criteria in order to avoid positive train control (PTC) system implementation on track segments that do not transport poison- or toxic-by-inhalation (PIH) hazardous materials traffic and are not used for intercity or commuter rail passenger transportation as of December 31, 2015. FRA is announcing a public hearing to provide interested persons an opportunity to provide comments on the proposal and to discuss further development of the regulation. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires the implementation of PTC systems. FRA is also extending the comment period for this proceeding to allow time for interested parties to submit comments after the public hearing.
Following Procedures When Going Between Rolling Equipment
Document Number: 2011-26283
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2011-02 to remind railroads and their employees of the importance of following procedures when going between rolling equipment. This safety advisory contains various recommendations to railroads to ensure that these issues are addressed by appropriate railroad operating policies and procedures, and to ensure that those policies and procedures are effectively implemented.
Environmental Impact Statement for Implementation of Passenger Rail Service Between Tucson, AZ and Phoenix, AZ
Document Number: 2011-25885
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-06
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
The FRA and FTA are issuing this Notice of Intent (NOI) to advise other agencies and the public that they will jointly prepare an EIS to study the implementation of passenger rail service between Tucson, Arizona and Phoenix, Arizona and to serve communities in between the two metropolitan areas (the proposed action). The FRA, FTA, and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will use a tiered process, as described in the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) at 40 CFR 1502.20 and 1508.28 (NEPA) and FTA's environmental procedures at 23 CFR 771.111(g) and 774.7. This EIS is the first planning-level tier of the two-tiered environmental review process for the proposed action. FRA and FTA are issuing this Notice to alert interested parties, to solicit public and agency input on the scope of the Tier 1 EIS, provide information on the nature of the proposed project, including the purpose and need for the proposed action, possible alternatives to be considered in the preparation of the Tier 1 EIS, potentially significant impacts to the natural and built environment of those alternatives, and invite public participation in the EIS process. The Tier 1 EIS will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the CEQ regulations implementing NEPA, the FRA's Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts as set forth in 64 FR 28545 dated May 26, 1999 (Environmental Procedures), and FTA's Environmental Impact and Related Procedures, in 23 CFR part 771. The EIS will also address Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (49 U.S.C. 303) and other applicable Federal and state laws and regulations to the extent relevant for a planning-level Tier-1 document. In addition, the Tier 1 study will incorporate the alternatives analyses process required by Federal transit law (49 U.S.C. 5309) and regulation (49 CFR part 611) for a project proposed for New Starts funding. Environmental Review Process: The FRA and FTA will use a tiered process, as provided for in 40 CFR 1508.28 and in accordance with FRA guidance, in the completion of the environmental review of the proposed action. ``Tiering'' is a staged environmental review process applied to environmental reviews for complex projects. The Tier 1 EIS will address broad corridor-level issues and alternatives. Subsequent tiers will analyze site-specific component projects and alternatives based on the decisions made in Tier 1. Tier 1: The Tier 1 assessment will result in a NEPA document with the appropriate level of detail for corridor-level decisions and will address broad overall issues of concern, including but not limited to: Confirming the purpose and need for the proposed action. Confirming the study area appropriate to assess reasonable alternatives. Developing evaluation criteria to identify alternatives that meet the purpose and need of the proposed action and those that do not. Identifying the range of reasonable alternatives to be considered, including the no action alternative, consistent with the current and planned use of the corridor and the existing services within and adjacent to the study area. Identifying the general alignment(s) of the reasonable alternatives. Identifying right-of-way requirements for the reasonable alternatives. Identifying the infrastructure and equipment investment requirements for the reasonable alternatives. Specifying the future no-build alternative that reflects already planned highway and transit developments in the study area expected to be in place by the project design year. Specifying the New Starts baseline alternative that addresses the proposed action's purpose and need to the maximum extent possible without a new transit fixed guideway. Identifying the operational changes required for the reasonable alternatives. Describing and evaluating the potential environmental impacts and mitigation associated with the proposed alternatives in the level of detail appropriate for a Tier 1 EIS. Establishing the timing and sequencing of independent actions to implement the proposed action. Evaluating the transit alternatives under the New Starts criteria specified in 49 U.S.C. 5309 and 49 CFR part 611. The transit alternatives may be subsets of the full build alternatives that provide intercity rail service. Identifying the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), FTA's planning level alternative for the New Starts program, through an Alternatives Analysis process. Tier 2: The Tier 2 assessments will not be included in this study but will be identified as future actions to address components of the planning level alternative selected at the conclusion of the Tier 1 EIS. This Tier 1 EIS preparation will include initial planning level elements of a Service Development Plan; present corridor route alternatives; and provide conceptual engineering designs of track, ancillary facilities, stations, and other major design features to a level sufficient to allow for meaningful understanding and comparison of alternatives. The Tier 1 EIS will provide programmatic assessment of environmental effects associated with the construction, operation, and maintenance components of the proposed action. The Tier 1 EIS will evaluate a range of reasonable corridor-level alternatives to include the ``Baseline Conditions'' and ``No Action'' Alternatives. Build alternatives may occur along existing rail line(s) or may be on a new alignment. The EIS will provide for: (1) An FTA-compliant Alternatives Analysis and (2) an FTA-compliant Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-25582
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-10-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-25064
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waivers of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-24574
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-24156
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Program for Capital Grants for Rail Line Relocation and Improvement Projects
Document Number: 2011-24125
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures for obtaining funding for eligible rail line relocation and improvement projects. The opportunities described in this notice are available under Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 20.320. Notice to Applicants: FRA recommends applicants read this notice in its entirety prior to preparing application materials. There are several administrative prerequisites that applicants must comply with in order to submit an application (see Section 4 of this notice). Additionally, applicants should note that the required Project Narrative/Statement of Work component of the application package may not exceed 35 pages in length. Failure to adhere to this page limitation may result in the application being removed from consideration for award.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-23840
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-23829
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-16
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Track Safety Standards; Concrete Crossties
Document Number: 2011-23133
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-09-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document responds to petitions for reconsideration of FRA's final rule published on April 1, 2011, mandating specific requirements for effective concrete crossties, for rail fastening systems connected to concrete crossties, and for automated inspections of track constructed with concrete crossties. This document amends and clarifies the final rule.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-23126
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of the Extension of the Comment Period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the California High-Speed Train Project Fresno to Bakersfield Section
Document Number: 2011-23015
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that has been prepared for the California High-Speed Train (HST) Project Fresno to Bakersfield Section (Project) has been extended and shall now end on October 13, 2011. This decision was made by the Authority and FRA in response to requests for an extension of the comment period. FRA is the lead federal agency and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is the lead state agency for the environmental review process. The Authority plans to construct and operate a fully grade- separated, dedicated double-track, electric powered, passenger rail, high-speed railroad along a 114-mile corridor between Fresno and Bakersfield, CA. The Project includes stations in downtown Fresno and Bakersfield, and a possible Kings/Tulare Regional Station east of Hanford, CA. A heavy maintenance facility for assembly, testing, and commissioning of trains, train inspection and service, and train overhaul may be constructed in the Fresno to Bakersfield Section. The Draft EIR/EIS presents the Project's purpose and need, identifies all reasonable alternatives including track alignments, stations, and heavy maintenance facilities as well as the no action alternative, describes the affected environment, analyzes the potential environmental impacts of all the reasonable alternatives and the no action alternative, and identifies appropriate mitigation measures to minimize the potential environmental impacts.
Notice of the Extension of the Comment Period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the California High-Speed Rail Project Merced to Fresno Section
Document Number: 2011-23013
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that the comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that has been prepared for the California High-Speed Train (HST) Project Merced to Fresno Section (Project) has been extended and shall now end on October 13, 2011. This decision was made by the Authority and FRA in response to requests for extension of the comment period. FRA is the lead federal agency and the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is the lead state agency for the environmental review process. The Authority proposes to construct and operate a reliable high- speed electric-powered passenger train system along an approximately 65-mile corridor, from Merced, CA, to Fresno, CA that links those cities by delivering predictable and consistent travel times. The Project includes high-speed track alignments, stations in downtown Merced and Fresno. A heavy maintenance facility for assembly, testing, and commissioning of trains, train inspection and service, and train overhaul may be constructed in the Merced to Fresno Section. The Draft EIR/EIS presents the Project's purpose and need, identifies all reasonable alternatives including track alignments, stations, and heavy maintenance facilities as well as the no action alternative, describes the affected environment, analyzes the potential environmental impacts of all the reasonable alternatives and the no action alternative, and identifies appropriate mitigation measures to minimize the potential environmental impacts.
Systems for Telephonic Notification of Unsafe Conditions at Highway-Rail and Pathway Grade Crossings
Document Number: 2011-23008
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On March 4, 2011, FRA published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require certain railroads to develop a system for telephonic notification of unsafe conditions at highway-rail and pathway grade crossings. FRA is announcing a public hearing to provide interested persons an opportunity to provide comments on the proposal and to discuss further development of the regulation. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires the development and implementation of these telephonic notification systems.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2011-23007
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-09-08
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 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.
Alternate Passenger Rail Service Pilot Program
Document Number: 2011-22699
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-09-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This NPRM is in response to a statutory mandate that FRA complete a rulemaking proceeding to develop a pilot program that permits a rail carrier or rail carriers that own infrastructure over which Amtrak operates certain passenger rail service routes to petition FRA to be considered as a passenger rail service provider over such a route in lieu of Amtrak for a period not to exceed five years after the date of enactment of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008. The proposed rule would develop this pilot program in conformance with the statutory directive.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2011-22320
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-08-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation