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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 certain requirements of its safety standards. The individual petition is described below, including the party seeking relief, the regulatory provisions involved, the nature of the relief being requested, and the petitioner's arguments in favor of relief.

Wilton Scenic Railroad

The Wilton Scenic Railroad seeks a permanent waiver of compliance for two MU passenger type locomotives from the requirements of the Safety Glazing Standards, 49 CFR Part 223, which requires certified glazing in all windows, and the requirement to equip the passenger compartments with emergency window exits. The railroad indicates that the MU locomotives numbered RDC 1 and RDC 3 are equipped with glazing material approved for use in Canada. If approved the MU locomotives would be utilized in tourist and scenic train operations between Wilton and Greenfield, New Hampshire, over track owned by the State of New Hampshire and maintained by the Milford Bennington Railroad.

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 FRA-2002-14085) and must be submitted to the Docket Clerk, DOT Central Docket Management Facility, 400 7th Street, SW., Room PL-401 (Plaza Level), Start Printed Page 8076Washington, DC 20590-0001. 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 February 13, 2003.

Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.

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[FR Doc. 03-3986 Filed 2-18-03; 8:45 am]