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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) has received a request for a waiver of compliance from 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.

Iowa Interstate Railroad

The Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS), a Class III Railroad, petitioned for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the safety glazing standards as prescribed by 49 CFR * 223.15 Requirements for existing passenger cars, for 14 open-window coach cars used in tourist/excursion service. Specifically the car numbers are: RRDX 804, 806, 810, 814, 816, 819, 820, 822, 826, 831, 834, 836, 837, and 838. These cars were built by the Canadian Car & Foundry Company in 1953, for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and used in Montreal, Quebec, in commuter service until 2005.

The cars were purchased by the parent company of IAIS, Railroad Development Corporation in the fall of 2006, for excursion service on an infrequent basis. The trains are proposed to be locomotive-hauled and operate over a mixture of urban/rural areas at speeds up to 45 mph. The glazing in these coaches are made of Lexan® polycarbonate plastic, and meet the requirement for Canadian passenger equipment glazing, but may not meet the requirements of 49 CFR Part 223. Since the cars were purchased and delivered to IAIS, there have been no acts of vandalism against the glazing.

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-2008-0098) and may be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Web site: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.
  • Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
  • Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Communications received within 45 days of the date of this notice will be considered by FRA before final action is Start Printed Page 4073taken. 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

Anyone is able to search the electronic form of any written communications and 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).

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Issued in Washington, DC, on January 14, 2009.

Grady C. Cothen, Jr.,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Standards and Program Development.

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[FR Doc. E9-1203 Filed 1-21-09; 8:45 am]