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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.

Aronco Leasing Company

(Waiver Petition Docket Number FRA-2010-0120)

The Aronco Leasing Company (Aronco), a private passenger car operator based in Helendale, California, seeks a waiver of compliance from the Safety Glazing Standards of 49 CFR 223.15 Requirements for existing passenger cars. Specifically, Aronco has petitioned FRA for a waiver for private railroad passenger car Tioga Pass, which was built for the Canadian National Railroad in 1959. The Petitioner operates this car in charter and excursion service on Amtrak and other railroads.

Aronco states that passenger car Tioga Pass is primarily equipped with double pane laminated safety glass, with the exception of seven windows in which the outer panes are glazed with 1/4” polycarbonate. Aronco states that in 4 years of operating the car in charter service, there have been no incidents of broken windows, and no injuries have occurred to passengers or crew due to broken glass. Aronco additionally states the Tioga Pass is always operated with a fully qualified car operator, and is equipped with a fully accessible emergency tool locker.

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-2010-0120) and may be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Web site: http://www.regulations.gov. 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 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://www.regulations.gov.

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 Start Printed Page 54223document (or signing the document, 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; Page 19477) or at http://www.dot.gov/​privacy.html.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on August 30, 2010.

Robert C. Lauby,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Regulatory and Legislative Operations.

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[FR Doc. 2010-22004 Filed 9-2-10; 8:45 am]

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