Federal Transit Administration June 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Increased Transit Service to King of Prussia, PA
Document Number: 2013-15411
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The FTA and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) are planning to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Section 4(f) Evaluation for increased transit service to King of Prussia, PA. The EIS will be prepared in accordance with regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as FTA's regulations and guidance for implementing NEPA (40 CFR 1501.2 through 8 and 23 CFR 771.111). FTA is issuing this notice to solicit public and agency input regarding the scope of the EIS and to advise the public and agencies that outreach activities conducted by SEPTA and its representatives will be considered in the preparation of the EIS. SEPTA is undertaking this Draft EIS under current FTA regulations and guidance. SEPTA has indicated that it intends to seek FTA New Starts funding.
Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing
Document Number: 2013-15176
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-25
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule is issued to revise sections of the Alcohol and Controlled Substances (D&A) Testing regulation to reflect recent amendments to the law. The final rule also includes technical corrections to the D&A testing regulation to more clearly explain existing compliance requirements, update regulatory terms, and remove repealed statutory provisions. Because this rule merely implements a statutory provision without agency interpretation FTA finds that public comment is unnecessary under the circumstances.
Request for Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) Nominations
Document Number: 2013-15053
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-24
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). The Advisory Committee meets at least twice a year to advise FTA on transit safety issues. The recommendations of the TRACS will help FTA develop policies, practices, and regulations for enhancing safety across all modes of public transportation as FTA implements new statutory authority for public transportation safety oversight.
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Federal Way Transit Extension, King County, Washington
Document Number: 2013-14296
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-17
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) are planning to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Sound Transit's proposed Federal Way Transit Extension (FWTE) project. The FWTE project would allow Sound Transit to improve public transit service between the cities of SeaTac and Federal Way in King County, Washington. The FWTE project would also respond to a growing number of transportation and community needs identified in the agency's regional transit system plan, Sound Transit 2 (ST2). The EIS will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Washington's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). This Notice of Intent initiates formal scoping for the EIS, invites interested parties to participate in the EIS process, provides information about the purpose and need for the proposed transit project, includes the general set of alternatives being considered for evaluation in the EIS, and identifies potential environmental effects to be considered. This notice invites public comments on the scope of the EIS and announces the public scoping meetings to receive comments. Alternatives being considered for evaluation include a No-Build alternative and various build alternatives to develop light rail in the FWTE corridor. The light rail alternatives were developed through an early scoping process, and an alternatives analysis study. Early scoping notification for the alternatives analysis phase was announced in the Federal Register on October 16, 2012. Results of the early scoping process, the alternatives analysis findings, and other background technical reports are available on the project Web site.
Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
Document Number: 2013-13304
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for projects in the following locations: Cleveland, OH and San Francisco, CA. The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on the subject projects and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final environmental actions.
Notice of Request for Revisions of an Information Collection
Document Number: 2013-13303
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the following currently approved information collection: 49 U.S.C. 5330Rail Fixed Guideway Systems, State Safety Oversight.
Second Allocation of Public Transportation Emergency Relief Funds in Response to Hurricane Sandy: Response, Recovery & Resiliency; Correction
Document Number: 2013-13212
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-04
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
On May 29, 2013, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the allocation of $3.7 billion under the Public Transportation Emergency Relief Program to the four FTA recipients most severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. This amount was in addition to the initial $2 billion allocation announced in the March 29, 2013 Federal Register notice. This notice corrects the May 29 notice.