Federal Railroad Administration 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Drug and Alcohol Testing: Determination of Minimum Random Testing Rates for 2022
Document Number: 2021-28325
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notification of determination announces FRA's minimum annual random drug and minimum annual random alcohol testing rates for covered service and maintenance-of-way (MOW) employees for calendar year 2022.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-27793
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-27792
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-27791
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Caltrain's Request for Approval To Test Crossing Optimization on Its Positive Train Control Network
Document Number: 2021-27125
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on December 2, 2021, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) submitted a document entitled, ``Crossing Optimization Project: Test Request,'' Revision 1, dated November 29, 2021, to FRA. Caltrain asks FRA to approve its request so that Caltrain may field test its Crossing Optimization on track that has been equipped with positive train control (PTC) technology.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-26789
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On August 23, 2021, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-26721
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Availability of a Final General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System, Burbank to Los Angeles Section
Document Number: 2021-26709
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that it is issuing a Final General Conformity Determination (FCD) for the Burbank to Los Angeles Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program
Document Number: 2021-26835
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program). This notice solicits applications for Partnership Program funds made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.326, ``Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair.''
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program
Document Number: 2021-26457
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (Partnership Program). This notice solicits applications for Partnership Program funds made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The opportunity described in this notice is made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.326, ``Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair.''
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-26424
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-07
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Draft General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System San Jose to Merced Section
Document Number: 2021-25805
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a draft General Conformity Determination for the San Jose to Merced Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System is available for public and agency review and comment.
Florida East Coast Railway's Positive Train Control Development Plan
Document Number: 2021-25481
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on November 12, 2021, Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) submitted to FRA its Positive Train Control Development Plan (PTCDP), Version 1.0, dated November 1, 2021, and that FECR's PTCDP is available for public comment. FECR requests that FRA approve its PTCDP, which describes the version of Wabtec Railway Electronics' Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS) that FECR intends to implement on at least one segment of its territory.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2021-25461
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the sixty-first meeting of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC or Committee), a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The meeting will take place via videoconference.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Charter Renewal
Document Number: 2021-25460
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA announces the charter renewal of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee established by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide information, advice, and recommendations to the FRA Administrator on matters relating to railroad safety. This charter renewal will be effective for two years from the date it is filed with Congress.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-24300
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-08
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below. Before submitting this ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified in the ICR.
Petition for Amendment of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-24009
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
North County Transit District's Request for Positive Train Control Safety Plan Approval and System Certification
Document Number: 2021-23997
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that the North County Transit District (SDNX) submitted its Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP), Version 3.0, dated September 30, 2021, to FRA's Secure Information Repository. SDNX asks FRA to approve its amendment to its PTCSP and issue a Positive Train Control System Certification as a Mixed System for SDNX's Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS).
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-23520
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-23518
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-23104
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-22
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below. Before submitting this ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified in the ICR.
CSX Transportation's Request for Testing Approval on Its Certified Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2021-22911
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-21
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on August 22, 2021, CSX Transportation (CSX) submitted its Test Request for Trip Optimizer Air Brake Control (TO Air Brake Control), Revision 1, dated August 22, 2021, to FRA. CSX asks FRA to approve its Test Request so that it may test its TO Air Brake Control on track that has been equipped with positive train control (PTC).
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-22262
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-22260
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
BNSF Railway's Request for Testing Approval on Its Certified Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2021-22238
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-13
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that on August 2, 2021, BNSF Railway (BNSF) submitted its Onboard Movement Authority with the Virtual Block System (OMA VBS) Afton Pilot Test Plan, Version 1.2a, dated August 3, 2021, to FRA via the Secure Information Repository. BNSF asks FRA to approve its Test Plan, which includes changes to operating rules and procedures and dispatch processes, to test its OMA VBS on track that has been equipped with positive train control (PTC).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-21450
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-04
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-21451
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Railroads' Requests To Amend Their Positive Train Control Safety Plans and Positive Train Control Systems
Document Number: 2021-21337
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that three host railroads recently submitted requests for amendments (RFA) to their FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plans (PTCSP). As these RFAs may involve requests for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) systems, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on railroads' RFAs to their PTCSPs.
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-21146
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-20854
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On June 29, 2021, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-20644
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
National Railroad Passenger Corporation's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2021-20642
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP) on August 5, 2021. As this RFA may involve a request for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to an FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on the railroad's RFA to its PTCSP.
Railroads' Requests To Amend Their Positive Train Control Safety Plans and Positive Train Control Systems
Document Number: 2021-20640
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-24
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that nineteen host railroads recently submitted requests for amendments (RFA) to their FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plans (PTCSP). As these RFAs may involve requests for FRA's approval of proposed material modifications to FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) systems, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on railroads' RFAs to their PTCSPs.
Draft General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System Burbank to Los Angeles Section
Document Number: 2021-20192
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a draft General Conformity Determination for the Burbank to Los Angeles Section of the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) System is available for public and agency review and comment.
Notice of Final Agency Actions on Proposed Railroad Project in California, on Behalf of the California High Speed Rail Authority
Document Number: 2021-19914
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-15
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA, on behalf of the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority), is issuing this notice to announce actions taken by the Authority that are final. By this notice, FRA is advising the public of the time limit to file a claim seeking judicial review of the actions related to a proposed railroad project, the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) Authority's Bakersfield to Palmdale Project Section (Project). These actions grant approvals for project implementation pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other laws, regulations, and executive orders.
Positive Train Control Interface Design Issue With Locomotive and Cab Car Braking Systems
Document Number: 2021-18997
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is issuing Safety Advisory 2021-01 to make the rail industry, including railroads and railroad employees, aware of a recently identified interface design issue relating to how positive train control (PTC) systems in use throughout the United States interface with locomotive and cab car braking systems. This recently identified interface design issue allows a train crewmember to circumvent a PTC enforcement by manually cutting out the pilot valve/ brake stand, commonly known as the cut-out valve, prior to the PTC system initiating the brakes. This interface design issue poses a significant safety risk by allowing a PTC system to be disabled and unable to initiate the brakes to prevent a train-to-train collision, over-speed derailment, incursion into an established work zones, or the movement of a train through a switch left in the wrong position. This Safety Advisory recommends that all railroads operating with PTC systems immediately remind crewmembers that circumventing a PTC enforcement is subject to civil penalty or disqualification for the locomotive engineer or conductor responsible; audit the designs of PTC systems as implemented on all types of locomotives and cab cars; assess the extent to which the design of the system could allow a locomotive or cab car's PTC system to be circumvented by a crewmember; develop and implement a plan to mitigate and/or correct this design issue; and provide FRA with a schedule for completion of the identified actions.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-18863
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-18862
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-18861
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-01
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements
Document Number: 2021-18737
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-31
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program, and related Trespass Prevention projects. The opportunities described in this notice are made available under Assistance Listings Number 20.325, ``Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements.''
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-18510
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Extension of Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-18509
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-18398
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, this notice announces that FRA is forwarding the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describes the information collection and its expected burden. On May 17, 2021, FRA published a notice providing a 60-day period for public comment on the ICR.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-18244
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-18243
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-18242
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: 2021-18241
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-25
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: 2021-17982
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below. Before submitting this ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified in the ICR.
Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program; California High-Speed Rail Authority Audit Report
Document Number: 2021-17545
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-17
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (STPD Program), often referred to as the ``NEPA Assignment Program,'' allows a State to assume FRA's responsibilities for Federal environmental review, consultation, and compliance under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other Federal environmental laws, for railroad projects. In accordance with the July 23, 2019, memorandum of understanding (section 327 MOU) between FRA and the California High- speed Rail Authority (CHSRA), CHSRA assumed the environmental review process, in lieu of FRA. The STPD Program mandates annual audits by FRA for the first four years of a State's involvement in the STPD Program, ensuring CHSRA's compliance with program requirements. This notice finalizes FRA's findings of the first-year audit of CHSRA participation in the STPD Program.
Petition for Extension of Special Approval
Document Number: 2021-17120
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation