Federal Railroad Administration March 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Revisions to Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness Regulations
Document Number: 2014-06998
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is amending its existing regulation entitled Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness by revising or clarifying various provisions. The final rule clarifies that railroad personnel who communicate or coordinate with first responders during emergency situations must receive certain initial and periodic training and be subject to operational tests and inspections related to the railroad's emergency preparedness plan. The final rule also clarifies that railroads must develop procedures in their emergency preparedness plans that specifically address the safety of passengers with disabilities during actual and simulated emergency situations, such as during train evacuations. The rule also limits the need for FRA to formally approve certain purely administrative changes to approved emergency preparedness plans. In addition, the final rule requires that operational tests and inspections be conducted in accordance with a program that meets certain minimum requirements. Finally, the rule removes as unnecessary the provision discussing the preemptive effect of the regulations.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-06847
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-06846
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-06845
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Passenger Train Exterior Side Door Safety
Document Number: 2014-06482
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-03-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is proposing to improve the integrity of passenger train exterior side door safety systems and promote passenger train safety overall through new safety standards relating to the safe operation and use of passenger train exterior side doors. This proposed rule is intended to limit the number and severity of injuries involving passenger train exterior side doors and enhance the level of safety for passengers and train crewmembers.
Critical Incident Stress Plans
Document Number: 2014-06481
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-03-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA issues this final rule in accordance with a statutory mandate that the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) require certain major railroads to develop, and submit to the Secretary for approval, critical incident stress plans that provide for appropriate support services to be offered to their employees who are affected by a ``critical incident'' as defined by the Secretary. The final rule contains a definition of the term ``critical incident,'' the elements appropriate for the rail environment to be included in a railroad's critical incident stress plan, the type of employees to be covered by the plan, a requirement that a covered railroad submit its plan to FRA for approval, and a requirement that a railroad adopt and comply with its FRA-approved plan.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-06159
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-21
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 the information collection request (ICR) below 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: 2014-04665
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-04
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 the information collection request (ICR) below 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: 2014-04664
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-03-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the renewal Information Collection Requests (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 burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on December 23, 2013 (78 FR 77550).