Skip to Content


Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble


Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation.


Notice and request for comments.


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 May 31, 2011.


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, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Mail Stop 25, Washington, DC 20590, or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information Technology, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., 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) 493-6216 or (202) 493-6479, or via e-mail to Mr. Brogan at, or to Ms. Toone 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.

Start Further Info


Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Mail Stop 25, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6292) or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information Technology, RAD-Start Printed Page 1829520, Federal Railroad Administration, 1120 Vermont Ave., NW., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6139). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information


The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 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.

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

OMB Control Number: 2130-0035.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Abstract: The collection of information is due to the railroad operating rules set forth in 49 CFR part 217 which require Class I and Class II railroads to file with FRA copies of their operating rules, timetables, and timetable special instructions, and subsequent amendments thereto. Class III railroads are required to retain copies of these documents at their systems headquarters. Also, 49 CFR 220.21(b) prescribes the collection of information which requires railroads to retain one copy of their current operating rules with respect to radio communications and one copy of each subsequent amendment thereto. These documents must be made available to FRA upon request. Through these rules, FRA learns the condition of operating rules and practices with respect to trains and instructions provided by the railroad to their employees in operating practices.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
217.7—Copy—FRA—Operating rules, timetables, Class I & II RRs1 new railroad1 submission1 hour1
—Amendments55 railroads165 amendments20 Minutes55
—Copy of operating rules—Class III20 new railroads20 submissions55 Minutes18
—Amendments632 railroads1,896 amendments15 Minutes474
217.9—Railroad and Railroad Testing Officer Responsibilities687 railroads4,732 field trained officers/training sessions8 hours37,856
—Records687 railroads4,732 records2 minutes158
Copy—Prog. for Perf. of Operational Tests20 new railroads20 Programs9.92 hours198
—Records of Operational Tests/Inspections687 railroads9,180,000 records5 minutes765,000
—Amendments55 railroads165 amendments1.92 hours317
—Quarterly Review of Accident/Incident Data/Prior Op. Tests/Insp687 railroads148 reviews1 hour148
—Designated Officers & Conduct of 6 Mo. Rev687 railroads37 designations + 74 reviews5 seconds + 1 hour74
—Designated Officers & Conduct of Six Month Review by Passenger/Commuter Railroads687 railroads20 designations + 34 reviews5 seconds + 1 hour34
—Records of Periodic Reviews687 railroads589 review records1 minute10
—Annual Summary on Operational Tests/Insp687 railroads37 summary records61 minutes38
—FRA Disapproval of RR Program of Operational Tests/Insp. & Response by RR687 railroads20 supporting documents1 hour20
—Amended Prog. Docs.687 railroads20 amended documents30 minutes10
271.11—Instruction of Program Employees687 railroads130,000 instr. employees8 hours1,040,000
—New RR & Copy of Program of Op. Tests20 new railroads20 Programs8 hours160
—Amendments to Op. Rules Instr. Program687 railroads220 amendments55 minutes202
218.95—Instruction, Training, Examination—Records687 railroads98,000 records5 minutes8,167
—Response to FRA Disapproval of Program687 railroads50 written/oral submissions1 hour50
—Programs Needing Amendment687 railroads20 amended programs30 minutes10
218.97—Written Procedures on Good Faith Challenges by Employees Re: Actions687 railroads687 written procedures2 hours1,374
—Employee Copy of Written Procedures687 railroads130,000 copies6 minutes13,000
Start Printed Page 18296
—Employee Copy of Amended Procedures687 railroads130,000 copies3 minutes6,500
—Good Faith Challenges by RR Employees98,000 RR Employees15 challenges10 minutes3
—RR Responses to Empl. Challenge687 railroads15 responses5 minutes1
—Immediate Review of Employee Challenge687 railroads5 immediate reviews15 minutes1
—RR Officer Explanation of Federal Law Protection Against Retaliation687 railroads5 explanations1 minute.08
—Documented Protest by RR Employee687 railroads10 written protests15 minutes3
—Copies of Protests687 railroads10 protest copies1 minute.17
—Further Reviews687 railroads3 further reviews15 minutes1
—Written Verification Decision to Employee687 railroads10 verification decisions10 minutes2
—Copy of Written Procedures at RR Hdtrs687 railroads760 copies of procedures5 minutes63 hours
—Copy of Verification Decision at RR Headquarters & Division Headquarters687 railroads20 verification decision copies5 minutes2
218.99—Shoving or Pushing Movements:
—Operating Rule Modifications687 railroads687 rule modifications1 hour687
—Locomotive Engineer Job Briefing Before Movement100,000 RR Employees60,000 job briefings1 minute1,000
—Point Protection Determinations & Signals/Instructions to Control Movements100,000 RR Employees87,600,000 determinations + 87,600,000 signals/instructions1 minute + 1 minute2,920,000
—Remote Control Movements-Verbal Confirmation100,000 RR Employees876,000 confirmations1 minute14,600
—Remote Control Determinations That Zone Is Not Jointly Occupied/Track Clear100,000 RR Employees876,000 determinations1 minute14,600
—Dispatcher Authorized Train Movements6,000 RR Dispatchers30,000 auth. movements1 minute500
—Written Procedures to Determine Track Occupancy687 railroads41 written procedures30 minutes21
—Track Location—Designation687 railroads41 track designations30 minutes21
218.101—Operating Rule Re: Leaving Rolling & On-Track MOW Equipment in the Clear687 railroads687 amended op. rules30 minutes344
218.103—Hand-Operated Switches—RR Operating Rule That Complies with 218.103687 railroads687 modified operating rules1 hour687
—Specification of Minimum Job Briefing Requirements687 railroads632 modified op. rules30 minutes316
—Employee Operating or Verifying Position of Hand-operated Switches: Job Briefings687 railroads1,125,000 job briefings1 minute18,750
218.105—Additional Requirements for Hand Operated Main Track Switches—Job Briefing687 railroads60,000 job briefings1 minute1,000
—Roadway Worker Report on Position of Switches to Roadway Worker in Charge (RWIC) or Designated Employee Conveying Information to RWIC687 railroads100,000 empl. reports + 100,000 conveyances1 minute + 1 minute3,334
—Dispatcher Acknowledgment of Switch Position and Employee Confirmation to Train Dispatcher687 railroads60,000 acknowledgment + 60,000 confirmations30 seconds + 5 seconds583
218.109—Hand Operated Fixed Derails: Job Briefings687 railroads562,500 hours30 seconds4,688

Total Estimated Responses: 188,794,835.

Total Estimated Annual Burden: 4,855,081 hours.

Status: Regular Review.

Title: Roadway Worker Protection.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0539.

Abstract: This rule establishes regulations governing the protection of railroad employees working on or near railroad tracks. The regulation requires that each railroad devise and adopt a program of on-track safety to provide employees working along the railroad with protection from the hazards of being struck by a train or other on-track equipment. Elements of this on-track safety program include an on-track safety manual; a clear delineation of employers' responsibilities, as well as employees' rights and responsibilities thereto; well- defined procedures for communication and protection; and annual on-track safety training. The program adopted by each railroad is subject to review and approval by FRA.

Form Number(s): FRA 6180.119.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
Form FRA F 6180.119350 Safety Inspectors150 report forms4 hours600
—RR Workplace Safety Violation Report Form
214303/309—On-Track Safety Programs
Start Printed Page 18297
—Amendments to Program60 railroads + 584 railroads20 amended programs + 584 amended prog.20 hours; 4 hours2,736
—Subsequent Years: New Programs5 railroads5 safety programs250 hours1,250
214.313—Roadway Worker Challenge to Directive20 railroads80 challenges4 hours320
214.315/335—Supervision and Communication—Job Briefings50,000 Roadway Workers16,350,000 briefings2 minutes545,000
214.321—Exclusive Track Occupancy: Written Authorities8,583 Employees/Roadway Workers700,739 written authorities1 minute11,679
214.325—Train Coordination: Roadway Worker Communication with Train Crew50,000 Roadway Workers36,500 communications15 seconds152
214.327—Inaccessible Track: Establishment and Direction by Roadway Worker in Charge703 railroads50,000 occurrences10 minutes8,333
214.337—On-Track Safety for Lone Workers703 railroads2,080,000 statements30 seconds17,333
—Written Statement of On-Track Safety by Lone Worker
214.343/345347/349/351/353/355—Training50,000 Roadway Workers50,000 trained employees4.50 hours225,000
—Training Records50,000 Roadway Workers50,000 records2 minutes1,667
214.503—Good Faith Challenges—Notification50,000 Roadway Workers125 notifications10 minutes21
—Resolution Procedures644 railroads10 procedures2 hours20
214.505—List of New/Designated Existing On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines Conforming with Paragraph (a) of This Section644 railroads9 lists1 hour9
214.507—Built Light Weight Displayed on Each New Roadway Maintenance Machine (RMM)644 railroads1,000 stickers/stencils5 minutes83
214.511—Clearly Identifiable Horn Triggering Mechanism on Each New RMM644 railroads3,700 identified mechanisms5 minutes308
214.513—Clearly Identifiable Horn Triggering Mechanism on Each Existing RMM703 railroads200 identified mechanisms5 minutes17
214.515—Overhead Covers for Existing RMMs—Requests and RR Responses644 railroads500 employee requests + 500 RR responses10 minutes + 20 minutes250
214.517—Display of Light Weight on Existing RMMs644 railroads500 stencils/displays5 minutes42
214.518—Safe and Secure Position on On- Track RMMs—Clearly Identified644 railroads1,000 stencils/marks/notices5 minutes83
214.523-Hi-Rail Vehicles—Inspections and Records644 railroads2,000 inspections/records1 hour2,000
—Tagging and Reporting Non-compliant Conditions644 railroads500 tags + 500 reports10 minutes + 15 minutes208
214.527—On-Track RMMs—Tagging and Reporting of Non-complying Conditions644 railroads550 tags + 550 reports5 minutes + 15 minutes184
214.533—Schedule of Repairs for Hi-Rail Vehicles and RMMs—Compliance Records644 railroads250 records15 minutes63

Total Estimated Responses: 19,329,972.

Total Estimated Annual Burden: 817,358 hours.

Status: Regular Review.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0552.

Title: Locomotive Cab Sanitation Standards.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Abstract: The collection of information is used by FRA to promote rail safety and the health of railroad workers by ensuring that all locomotive crew members have access to toilet/sanitary facilities—on as needed basis—which are functioning and hygienic. Also, the collection of information is used by FRA to ensure that railroads repair defective locomotive toilet/sanitary facilities within 10 calendar days of the date on which these units becomes defective.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
229.137(d)—Defective Locomotive Toilet Facility—Tagging744 railroads11,700 tags/notices90 seconds293
229.137(e) Defective But Sanitary Locomotive Toilet Facility—Tagging744 railroads7,956 tags/notices90 seconds199
229.137(f) Switching or Transfer Service—Defective Locomotive Toilet Facility—Notation on Daily Inspection Report744 railroads93,600 notations30 seconds780
Start Printed Page 18298

Total Estimated Responses: 113,256.

Total Estimated Annual Burden: 1,272 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.

Start Authority

Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.

End Authority Start Signature

Issued in Washington, DC on March 25, 2011.

Kimberly Coronel,

Director, Office of Financial Management, Federal Railroad Administration.

End Signature End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. 2011-7463 Filed 3-31-11; 8:45 am]