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

Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-23202
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-30
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Safety Glazing Standards
Document Number: 2014-22919
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA proposes to revise and clarify existing regulations related to the use of glazing materials in the windows of locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses. This proposed rule would reduce paperwork and other economic burdens on the rail industry by removing a stenciling requirement for locomotives, passenger cars, and cabooses that are required to be equipped with glazing. This proposed rule would also clarify the application of the regulations to antiquated equipment and to the end locations of all equipment to provide more certainty to the rail industry and more narrowly address FRA's safety concerns. FRA is also proposing to clarify the definition of passenger car and separately to update the rule by removing certain compliance dates that are no longer necessary.
Notice of Application for Approval of Informational Filing
Document Number: 2014-22878
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Application for Approval of Discontinuance or Modification of a Railroad Signal System
Document Number: 2014-22877
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Petition for Approval of a Railroad Safety Program Plan
Document Number: 2014-22876
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-22875
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Control of Alcohol and Drug Use: Coverage of Maintenance of Way Employees, Retrospective Regulatory Review-Based Amendments (RRR)
Document Number: 2014-22768
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 28, 2014, FRA published an NPRM proposing to expand the scope of its alcohol and drug regulations to cover employees who perform maintenance-of-way (MOW) activities and certain additional substantive amendments. This document provides notice that FRA is extending the comment period for this NPRM by 60 days.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-22500
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-22
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 requests (ICRs) below for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.
Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program Application Requirements
Document Number: 2014-22080
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-09-16
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration
This final rule amends the application requirements for the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (Program). This rulemaking is prompted by enactment of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which converted the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Pilot Program into a permanent program, allowed any State to apply for the Program, created a renewal process for Program participation, and expanded the scope of the Secretary's responsibilities that may be assigned and assumed under the Program to environmental review responsibilities for railroad, public transportation, and multimodal projects, in addition to highway projects.
Petition for Amending Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-21617
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-21616
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Amending Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-21615
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Petition for Approval of a Railroad Safety Program Plan
Document Number: 2014-21614
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-21613
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2014-21612
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Securement of Unattended Equipment
Document Number: 2014-21253
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-09-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA proposes amendments to the brake system safety standards for freight and other non-passenger trains and equipment to strengthen the requirements relating to the securement of unattended equipment. Specifically, FRA would codify many of the requirements already included in its Emergency Order 28, Establishing Additional Requirements for Attendance and Securement of Certain Freight Trains and Vehicles on Mainline Track or Mainline Siding Outside of a Yard or Terminal. FRA proposes to amend existing regulations to include additional securement requirements for unattended equipment, primarily for trains transporting poisonous by inhalation hazardous materials or large volumes of Division 2.1 (flammable gases), Class 3 (flammable or combustible liquids, including crude oil and ethanol), and Class 1.1 or 1.2 (explosives) hazardous materials. For these trains, FRA also proposes additional communication requirements relating to job briefings and securement verification. Finally, FRA proposes to require all locomotives left unattended outside of a yard to be equipped with an operative exterior locking mechanism. Attendance on trains would be required on equipment not capable of being secured in accordance with the proposed and existing requirements.
Environmental Impact Statement for Dallas-Fort Worth Core Express Service
Document Number: 2014-21173
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-05
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that FRA and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) intend to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for the impacts of constructing and operating enhanced intercity passenger rail services between Dallas and Fort Worth (Proposed Action). The EIS will evaluate route and operational alternatives for intercity passenger rail in the corridor that currently is only served by Amtrak's long distance Texas Eagle service.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2014-20911
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-09-03
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 requests (ICRs) below for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.