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Petition for Waiver of Compliance

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In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), notice is hereby given that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) received a request for a waiver of compliance with provisions of the Hours of Service Law (108 Stat. 888, Pub. L. 103-272, 49 U.S.C. 21102(b)). The Hours of Service Law currently makes it unlawful for a railroad to require specified employees to remain on duty in excess of 12 hours. However, the Hours of Service Law contains a provision permitting a railroad, which employs not more than 15 employees subject to the statute, to seek an exemption from the 12 hour limitation.

Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern Railroad (KBS)

KBS seeks a continuance of a previous exemption which permitted KBS train crew employees to remain on duty not more than 16 hours in any 24-hour period during unusual circumstances. KBS stated that it is not its intention to employ a train crew over 12 hours per day under normal circumstances, but this exemption, if continued, would help its operation if other unusual operating conditions are encountered. KBS provides service on 144 miles of trackage between Iroquois and Kankakee, Illinois; Iroquois and Danville, Illinois; and Iroquois and Lafayette, Indiana.

The petitioner indicates that granting the exemption is in the public interest and will not adversely affect safety. Additionally, the petitioner asserts it employs not more than 15 employees that are subject to the statute and has demonstrated good cause for granting this exemption.

Interested parties are invited to participate in these proceedings by submitting written views, data, or comments. FRA does not anticipate scheduling a public hearing in connection with these proceedings since the facts do not appear to warrant a hearing. If any interested party desires an opportunity for oral comment, they should notify FRA, in writing, before the end of the comment period and specify the basis for their request.

All communications concerning these proceedings should identify the appropriate docket number (e.g., Waiver Petition Docket Number 2000-7254) and must be submitted to the Docket Clerk, DOT Docket Management Facility, Room PL-401 (Plaza Level), 400 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable. All written communications concerning these proceedings are available for examination during regular business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at the above facility. All documents in the public docket are also available for inspection and copying on the Internet at the docket facility's web site at

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Issued in Washington, DC on May 25, 2000.

Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.

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[FR Doc. 00-14062 Filed 6-5-00; 8:45 am]