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Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

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Federal Railroad Administration, DOT.




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 these information collection requirements for clearance by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.


Comments must be received no later than March 1, 2002.


Submit written comments on any or all of the following proposed activities by mail to either: Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Safety, Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 20590, or Ms. Dian Deal, Office of Start Printed Page 67622Information Technology and Productivity Improvement, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590. Commenters requesting FRA to acknowledge receipt of their respective comments must include a self-addressed stamped postcard stating, “Comments on OMB control number 2130-0544. Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493-6265 or (202) 493-6170, or E-mail to Mr. Brogan at, or to Ms. Deal at Please refer to the assigned OMB control number in any correspondence submitted. FRA will summarize comments received in response to this notice in a subsequent notice and include them in its information collection submission to OMB for approval.

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Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 17, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6292) or Dian Deal, Office of Information Technology and Productivity Improvement, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6133). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

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The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Pub. L. No. 104-13, § 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised at 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, require Federal agencies to provide 60-days notice to the public for comment on information collection activities before seeking approval for reinstatement or renewal by OMB. 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1), 1320.10(e)(1), 1320.12(a). Specifically, FRA invites interested respondents to comment on the following summary of proposed information collection activities regarding (i) whether the information collection activities are necessary for FRA to properly execute its functions, including whether the activities will have practical utility; (ii) the accuracy of FRA's estimates of the burden of the information collection activities, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used to determine the estimates; (iii) ways for FRA to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (iv) ways for FRA to minimize the burden of information collection activities on the public by automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses). See 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)(I)-(iv); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1)(I)-(iv). FRA believes that soliciting public comment will promote its efforts to reduce the administrative and paperwork burdens associated with the collection of information mandated by Federal regulations. In summary, FRA reasons that comments received will advance three objectives: (i) reduce reporting burdens; (ii) ensure that it organizes information collection requirements in a “user friendly” format to improve the use of such information; and (iii) accurately assess the resources expended to retrieve and produce information requested. See 44 U.S.C. 3501.

Below are brief summaries of three currently approved information collection activities that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA:

Title: Passenger Equipment Safety Standards.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0544.

Abstract: The information gained from daily inspections is used to detect and correct equipment problems so as to prevent collisions, derailments, and other occurrences involving railroad passenger equipment that cause injury or death to railroad employees, railroad passengers, or the general public; and to mitigate the consequences of any such occurrences, to the extent they can not be prevented. The information provided promotes passenger train safety by ensuring requirements are met for railroad passenger equipment design and performance; fire safety; emergency systems; the inspection, testing, and maintenance of passenger equipment; and other provisions for the safe operation of railroad passenger equipment.

Affected Public: Railroads.

Respondent Universe: 685 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion; annually, recordkeeping.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hoursTotal annual burden cost
216.14—Special Notice for Repairs14 Railroads9 Forms5 minutes1$34
238.1—Scope14Railroads11 Notifications45 minutes8272
238.7—Waivers14 Railroads9 Waivers2 hours/25 hours642,176
238.11—Penalties14 Railroads1 False Report15 minutes258
238.15—Pass Equip.—Detective en route14 Railroads1,000 Tags/cards3 minutes502,250
—Auto Tracking Sys14 Railroads288 Tags/cards3 minutes14630
—Conditional Reqmnt14 Railroads144 Notifications3 minutes7315
238.17—Usual Limitations Pass Equip—Defects14 Railroads200 Tags/cards3 minutes10300
—Safety App Defects14 Railroads76 Tags/cards3 minutes4120
Notifications14 Railroads38 Notifications30 seconds.3210
238.19—List of Brake Repair Points14 Railroads1 List2 hours268
—Subsequent Yrs14 Railroads1 Update1 hour134
238.21—Spec. Approval Proced14 Railroads1 Petition16 hours16544
—Alt. Compliance14 Railroads1 Petition120 hours1204,080
—Service Test Plan14 Railroads2 Plans40 hours802,720
—Comments14 Railroads8 Comments1 hour8440
238.103—Fire Saf14 Railroads4 Equip Designs540 hours2,160110,400
—Subsequent Orders14 Railroads4 Equip Designs60 hours24024,000
238.107—Insp. Test & Main Plan14 Railroads14 Reviews60 hours84028,560
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238.109—Employee Training14 Railroads3,900 Employees2 hours7,800232,500
—Recordkeeping14 Railroads2,500 Records3 minutes1254,250
238.111—Pre-Rev. Service Test Plan10 Equip Man.4 Plans16 hours644,288
—Pre-Rev. Service Test Plan10 Equip Man4 Plans200 hours80069,440
Subsequent Orders10 Equip Plan4 Plans60 hours24018,720
238.203—Static End Strength14 Railroads1 Petition100 hours1005,500
—Comments14 Railroads6 Comments20 hours1206,600
238.237—Auto Monitoring14 Railroads14 Documents2 hours28952
—Tags14 Railroads100 Tags3 minutes5225
238.303—MU Locos Inop. Brakes14 Railroads50 Tags/cards3 minutes3135
—Conv. Locomotive14 Railroads50 Tags/cards3 minutes3135
—Written Notices14 Railroads25 Written Notices3 minutes134
—Records14 Railroads2,017,756 Records1 minute33,6291,143,386
238.305—Int. Calendar Day Insp14 Railroads480 Tags1 minute8288
—Records14 Railroads1,866,904 Records1 minute31,1151,057,910
238.307—Periodic Mech Insp.—p/cars14 Railroads5 Notifications3 hours25850
—Records14 Railroads56,462 Records2 minutes94163,988
—Detailed Docs14 Railroads5 Documents100 hours50017,000
238.311—Single Car Test14 Railroads25 Tags3 minutes136
238.315—Class IA—Brake Pressure14 Railroads365,000 Communications3 seconds3040
—Comm Signal Sys14 Railroads365,000 Tests15 seconds1,5210
238.317—Class II Brake Test14 Railroads365,000 Communications3 seconds3040
—Signal Sys14 Railroads365,000 Tests15 seconds1,52150
238.431—Brake System14 Railroads1 Analysis40 hours401,360
238.437—Emerg Communication3 Car Manuf3 instr. Sets/2250 decals25 hours/10 min1173,810
238.441—Emerg. Roof Entrance Loc3 Car Manuf3 instr. Sets/250 placards25 hours/1 hour32510,050
238.445—Auto. Monitoring1 Railroad10,000 Alerts10 seconds280
—Self-Test Feature1 Railroad21,900 Notification20 seconds1220

Total Responses: 5,442,514.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 83,417 hours.

Status: Regular Review.

Pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 3507(a) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b), 1320.8(b)(3)(vi), FRA informs all interested parties that it may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

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Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

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Kathy A. Weiner,

Director, Office of Information Technology and Support Systems,Federal Railroad Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-32018 Filed 12-28-01; 8:45 am]