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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 October 27, 2003.


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. Debra Steward, Office of Information 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 ___.” Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493-6230 or (202) 493-6170, or E-mail to Mr. Brogan at, or to Ms. Steward 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 Debra Steward, Office of Information Technology and Productivity Improvement, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6139). (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. Start Printed Page 51324

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

Title: Inspection Brake System Safety Standards For Freight and Other Non-Passenger Trains and Equipment (Power Brakes and Drawbars).

OMB Control Number: 2130-0008.

Abstract: Section 7 of the Rail Safety Enforcement and Review Act of 1992, Public Law No. 102-365, amended Section 202 of the Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970 (45 U.S.C. 421, 431 et seq.), empowered the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a review of the Department's rules with respect to railroad power brakes and, where applicable, prescribe standards regarding dynamic brake equipment. In keeping with the Secretary's mandate and the authority delegated from him to the FRA Administrator, FRA recently published a comprehensive regulatory revision of the then current requirements related to the inspection, testing, and maintenance of the brake equipment used in freight car operations. The Final Rule focused solely on freight and other non-passenger trains, and codified and solidified the maintenance requirements related to the power brake system and its components. The collection of information is used by FRA to monitor and enforce safety requirements related to power brakes on freight cars. The collection of information is also used by locomotive engineers and road crews to verify that the terminal air brake test has been performed in a satisfactory manner.

Form Number(s): None.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 545 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hoursTotal annual burden cost
229.27—Annual Tests20,000 locomotives18,000 tests15 minutes4,500$166,500
232.1—Scope—Requests For Earlier Application of Requirements in Subparts A-C, F545 railroads4 requests1 hour4224
232.3—Applicability—Cars Not Used in Service545 railroads8 cards10 minutes135
232.7—Waivers545 railroads20 petitions40 hours80028,000
232.11—Penalties545 railroads1 false record10 minutes.207
232.15—Movement of Defective Equipment1,620,000 cars/locomotives128,400 tags2.5 minutes5,350197,950
—Notice of Defective Car/Locomotive and Restrictions1,620,000 cars/locomotives25,000 notices3 minutes1,06046,250
232.17—Special Approval Procedure545 railroads4 petitions100 hours40022,400
Petitions For Special Approval of Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Testing Plan545 railroads2 petitions100 hours20011,200
—Copies of Petitions For Special Approval Procedure545 railroads4 petitions40 hours1605,600
—Statements of InterestPublic/railroads14 statements8 hours1123,920
—Comments on Special Approval Procedure PetitionPublic/railroads13 comments4 hours521,820
232.103—General Requirements For All Train Brakes370,000 cars66,660 stickers10 minutes11,110230,644
232.105—General Requirements For Locomotives20,000 locomotives20,000 forms5 minutes1,66761,679
232.107—Air Source Requirements—Plans To Monitor All Air Yard Sources: First Year545 railroads50 plans402,00038,080
—Subsequent Years25 new railroads1 plan40 hours402,240
—Amendments to Plan50 existing plans10 amendments20 hours20011,200
—Record Keeping50 existing plans1,150 records20 hours23,000805,000
—Written Operating Procedures/Plans545 railroads37 plans20 hours74041,440
232.109—Dynamic Brake Requirements—Records545 railroads1,656,000 records4 minutes110,4003,864,000
—Repair of Inoperative Dynamic Brakes20,000 locomotives6,358 records4 minutes42414,840
—Locomotives with Inoperative Dynamic Brakes—Tag20,000 locomotives6,358 tags30 seconds531,961
—Deactivated Dynamic Brakes—Markings8,000 locomotives2,800 markings5 minutes2338,621
—Subsequent Years—Markings8,000 locomotives20 markings5 minutes274
—Written Operating Rules—Safe Train Handling545 railroads100 oper. rules4 hours40022,400 Start Printed Page 51325
—Subsequent Years—Safe Train Handling Procedures5 new railroads5 oper. rules4 hours201,120
—Amendments545 railroads15 amendments1 hour15525
—Over Speed Top Rules545 railroads182 rules1 hour18210,192
—Requests to Increase 5 MPH Overs Speed Restriction545 railroads5 requests20.5 hours1033,605
—Locomotive Engineer Certification Programs/PBrake545 railroads100 amendments16 hours1,60089,600
—Subsequent Years5 new railroads5 amendments16 hours804,480
232.111—Train Information Handling—Procedures545 railroads182 procedures50 hours9,100509,600
—Subsequent Years10 new railroads10 procedures40 hours40022,400
—Amendments100 railroads33 amendments20 hours66023,100
—Reports to Train Crews545 railroads2,112,000 rpts10 minutes352,00013,024,000
232.203—Training Requirements: Training Programs545 railroads100 programs100 hours10,000560,000
—Subsequent Years15 railroads1 program100 hours1005,600
—Amendments to Written Program545 railroads182 amendments8 hours1,45650,960
—Training Records545 railroads67,000 records8 minutes8,933312,655
—Training Notifications545 railroads67,000 notices3 minutes3,350117,250
—Validation/Assessment Plans545 railroads545 copies40 hours/1 minute492,375
Amendments to Validation/Assessment Plans545 railroads50 amendments20 hours1,00035,000
232.205—Class I Brake Test—Initial Terminal Insp545 railroads1,656,000 notices45 seconds20,700931,500
232.207—Class I A Brake Tests: 1000 Mile Insp545 railroads8 designations30 minutes4140
—Subsequent Years545 railroads1 designation1 hour135
—Amendments545 railroads5 amendments1 hour5175
232.209—Class II Brake Tests—Intermediate Insp545 railroads1,600,0003 seconds1,33359,985
232.213—Extended Haul Trains—Designations84,000 train movements100 designations15 minutes25875
—Records84,000 train movements25,200 records20 minutes8,400294,000
232.303—General Requirements—Track Brake Test1,600,000 freight cars5,600 tags5 minutes46717,279
—Location of Last Track Brake Test/Single Car Test1,600,000 freight cars320,000 stenciling5 minutes26,667986,679
232.305—Single Car Tests1,600,000 freight cars320,000 tests/rcds45 minutes240,0008,400,000
232.309—Equipment and Devices—Tests/Calibrations640 shops5,000 tests30 minutes2,50092,500
232.403—Design Standards For One-way EOT Devices—Unique Code245 railroads12 requests5 minutes135
232.407—Operations Requiring 2-Way EOTs245 railroads50,000 30 commun30 seconds41718,765
232.409—Inspection and Testing of 2-Way EOTs245 railroads450,000 commun30 seconds3,750138,750
—Testing Telemetry Equipment245 railroads32,708 markings60 seconds54520,165
232.503—Process to Introduce New Brake System Technology—Special Approval545 railroads1 request/letter60 minutes156
—Pre-Revenue Service Demonstration545 railroads1 request3 hours3168
232.505—Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Testing Plan: Maintenance Procedure—1st Year545 railroads1 procedure160 hours1608,920
—Subsequent Years545 railroads1 procedure160 hours1608,920
—Amendments545 railroads1 amendment40 hours401,400
—Design Descriptions—Petitions545 railroads1 petition67 hours673,752 Start Printed Page 51326
—Results Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Testing545 railroads1 report13 hours13455
—Description of Brake Systems Technologies Previously Used in Revenue Service545 railroads5 descriptions40 hours2007,000

Total Responses: 8,643,075.

Total Estimated Total Annual Burden: 857,415 hours.

Status: Regular Review.

Title: Regional Inspection Point Listing Forms.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0551.

Abstract: Through a direct comparison of inspection data with accident/incident data, the collection of information aims to develop a profile county-by-county of what there is to inspect, and how much inspection activity was done by Federal and State railroad inspectors each year nationwide. The information collected will produce “snapshots” which will allow FRA to determine where the gaps are in inspection territories so that it can focus inspection resources where they will do the most good. As a result of the collection of information, FRA will be better able to equalize inspector workloads, and will be better able to make informed hiring decisions regarding the most effective placement of new inspectors. More targeted inspections will permit FRA to maximize its limited resources, and will serve to enhance overall safety on the nation's rail system.

Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.106(a)-(e).

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 545 railroads.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burdenTotal annual burden cost
FRA 6180.106(a)20 inspectors280 records5 (in minutes)23$736
FRA 6180.106(b)35 inspectors315 records5 (in minutes)26832
FRA 6180.106(c)30 inspectors300 records5 (in minutes)25800
FRA 6180.106(d)12 inspectors108 records5 (in minutes)9288
FRA 6180.106(e)40 inspectors360 records5 (in minutes)30960

Total Responses: 1,363.

Total Estimated Total Annual Burden: 113 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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Issued in Washington, DC, on August 19, 2003.

Kathy A. Weiner,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-21765 Filed 8-25-03; 8:45 am]