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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 (ICRs) 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 September 6, 2005.


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 Mr. Victor Angelo, Office of Support Systems, 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) 493-6230 or (202) 493-6170, or e-mail to Mr. Brogan at, or to Mr. Angelo 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 Victor Angelo, Office of Support Systems, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6470). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

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The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law No. 104-13, section 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 Start Printed Page 39003collected; 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 is a brief summary of the currently approved ICRs 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 to the general public; and to mitigate the consequences of any such occurrences, to the extent that they can not be prevented. The information provided promotes passenger train safety by ensuring requirements are met for railroad 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: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 22 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion; annually.

Reporting Burden

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hoursTotal annual burden cost
216.14—Special Notice For Repairs: Passenger Equip.22 railroads9 forms5 minutes1 hour$34
238.7—Waivers22 railroads9 waivers2 hours/25 hours64 hours2,176
238.15—Movement of Passenger Equip. w/power brake defects: Limitations on movement found during Class I/IA Brake Test22 railroads1,000 tags/cards3 minutes50 hours2,250
—Limitations on movement of passenger equip. in passenger service that becomes defective en route after Class I/IA brake test22 railroads288 tags/cards3 minutes14 hours630
—Conditional Requirement: Notifications22 railroads144 Notifications3 minutes7 hours315
238.17—Movement of Passenger Equip. w/Other than Power Brake Defects: Defects Developed En Route22 railroads200 tags/cards3 minutes10 hours300
—Special Requisites For Movement of Equipment w/Safety Appliance Defects22 railroads76 tags/cards3 minutes4 hours120
—Notifications22 railroads38 notifications30 seconds19 minutes10
238.19—Reporting and Tracking Defective Passenger Equipment: Updated List1 railroad1 update1 hour1 hour34
238.21—Special Approval Procedure: Petitions For Alternative Std22 railroads1 petition16 hours16 hours544
—Petitions For Alternative Compl.22 railroads1 petition120 hours120 hours4,080
238.21—Petitions For Special Approval of Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Plan22 railroads2 petitions40 hours80 hours2,720
—CommentsUnknown8 comments1 hour80 hours440
238.103—Fire Safety: Equipment Design (New Equip.)9 equipment manufacturers7.2 equip. designs540 hours3,888 hours198,720
—Subsequent Modifications9 equipment manufacturers7.2 equip. designs60 hours432 hours43,200
—Existing Equipment: Fire Safety Analysis9 equipment manufacturers18 analyses30 hours540 hours54,000
—Equipment Transfers: New Analysis9 equipment manufacturers1 analysis20 hours20 hours2,000
238.107—Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Plan: Annual Reviews22 railroads22 reviews60 hours1,320 hours44,880
238.109—Training, Qualification, and Designation Prog.—Training Employees Who Perform Mechanical Insp7,500 employees; 100 trainers2,500 employees trained/100 instructors1.33 hours3,458 hours103,075
—Recordkeeping22 railroads2,500 records3 minutes125 hours4,250
238.111—Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Testing Plan: Equipment Previously Used in Revenue Service9 equipment manufacturers7.2 plans16 hours115 hours7,705
—Equipment Not Previously Used in Revenue Service9 equipment manufacturers7.2 plans192 hours1,382 hours138,200
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—Subsequent Orders9 equipment manufacturers7.2 plans60 hours432 hours33,762
238.203—Static End Strength: Grandfathering of Non-Complaint Equipment22 railroads1 petition100 hours100 hours5,500
—CommentsUnknown3 comments20 hours60 hours3,300
238.237—Automated Monitoring22 railroads22 documents2 hours44 hours1,496
—Display Regarding Defective Alerter/Deadman Control22 railroads100 tags3 minutes5 hours225
238.303—Exterior Calendar Day Inspection of Equip.22 railroads25 notices1 minute.50 hour23
—Defective Dynamic Brakes on MU Locomotive22 railroads50 tags/cards3 minutes3 hours135
—Defective Dynamic Brakes on Conventional Locos22 railroads50 tags/cards3 minutes3 hours135
—Records22 railroads2,017,756 records1 minute33,629 hours1,143,386
238.305—Interior Calendar Day Mechanical Insp.: Tagging Req22 railroads540 tags1 minute9 hours324
—Records22 railroads1,866,904 records1 minute31,115 hours1,057,910
238.307—Periodic Mechanical Inspection of Pass. Cars: Notification of Alternative Intervals22 railroads5 notifications5 hours25 hours850
—Non-Complying Conditions22 railroads200 notices2 minutes7 hours238
—Records22 railroads56,462 records2 minutes1,882 hours63,988
—Reliability Assessments Concerning Alt. Inspection Interval22 railroads5 documents100 hours500 hours17,000
238.311—Single Car Test: Movement to Nest Forward Location22 railroads25 tags3 minutes1 hour36
238.315—Class IA Brake Test22 railroads365,000 communications3 seconds304 hours0
—Communication Signal Tests22 railroads365,000 tests15 seconds1,521 hours51,714
238.317—Class II Brake Test: Communication Signal System Test22 railroads365,000 tests15 seconds1,521 hours51,714
238.431—Brake Test: Analysis1 railroad1 analysis40 hours40 hours1,360
238.437—Emergency Comm.3 car manufacturers3 sets of instruction + 25 decals25 hours/10 min.79 hours2,670
238.441—Emergency Roof Location3 car manufacturers3 sets of instruction + 25 placards25 hours/60 min.100 hours3,300
238.445—Automated Monitoring1 railroad10,000 alerts/alarms10 seconds28 hours0
—Self-Tests: Notific.1 railroad21,900 notifications20 seconds122 hours0

Total Responses: 5,076,058.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 83,257 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 June 29, 2005.

D.J. Stadtler,

Director, Office of Budget, Federal Railroad Administration.

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[FR Doc. 05-13186 Filed 7-5-05; 8:45 am]