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.
Denver Rock Island Railroad (on Behalf of the Sunflower Railroad, Inc.)
The Denver Rock Island Railroad, on behalf of the Sunflower Railroad, Inc. (SNR), seeks a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Safety Glazing Standards, 49 CFR 223.11(c) that requires certified glazing for one locomotive. The SNR operates over 26.3 miles of excepted track in primarily rural territory at speeds not exceeding ten miles per hour.
The FRA's field investigation revealed that SNR began operation in October 2002 and at that time, there was no evidence of any accidents/incidents and or injuries to any railroad employee and no acts of vandalism. At the present time, locomotive SNR 61 is equipped with automotive type safety glass that is in excellent condition with no discoloration.
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 2003-15513) 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 http://dms.dot.gov.
Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78). The Statement may also be found at http://dms.dot.gov.Start Signature
Issued in Washington, DC, on October 30, 2003.
Grady C. Cothen Jr.,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 03-27652 Filed 11-3-03; 8:45 am]
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