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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 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 October 11, 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 2130-0008.” 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.

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Mr. Robert Brogan, Office of Planning and Evaluation Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Mail Stop 21, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6292) or Ms. Kimberly Toone, Office of Information Technology, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6132). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

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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 Start Printed Page 50321automated, 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 information collection request (ICR) that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA:

Title: Inspection Brake System Safety Standards for Freight and Other Non-Passenger Trains and Equipment (Power Brakes and Drawbars).

OMB Control Number: 2130-0008.

Abstract: Section 7 of the Rail Safety Enforcement and Review Act of 1992, Public Law No. 102-365, amended Section 202 of the Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970 (45 U.S.C. 421, 431 et seq.), empowered the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a review of the Department's rules with respect to railroad power brakes and, where applicable, prescribe standards regarding dynamic brake equipment. In keeping with the Secretary's mandate and the authority delegated from him to the FRA Administrator, FRA issued revisions to the regulations governing freight power brakes and equipment in October 2008 by adding a new Subpart addressing electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) brake systems. The revisions are designed to provide for and encourage the safe implementation and use of ECT brake system technologies. These revisions contain specific requirements relating to design, interoperability, training, inspection, testing, handling defective equipment and periodic maintenance related to ECP brake systems. The final rule also identifies provisions of the existing regulations and statutes where FRA is proposing to provide flexibility to facilitate the voluntary adoption of this advanced brake system technology. The collection of information is used by FRA to monitor and enforce current regulatory requirements related to power brakes on freight cars as well as the recently added requirements related to ECP brake systems. The collection of information is also used by locomotive engineers and road crews to verify that the terminal air brake test has been performed in a satisfactory manner.

Form Number(s): None.

Affected Public: Businesses .

Respondent Universe: 559 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Reporting Burden

CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
229.27: Annual Tests30,000 Locomotives30,000 tests15 minutes7,500
232.3: Applicability—Cars Not Used in Service559 Railroads8 cards10 minutes1
232.7: Waivers559 railroads20 petitions40 hours800
232.11: Penalties559 railroads1 false record10 minutes.17
232.15: Movement of Defective Equipment—Notice of Defective Car/Locomotive and Restrictions1,620,000 cars/locos128,400 tags2.5 minutes5,350
1,620,000 cars/locos25,000 notices3 minutes1,250
Special Approval Procedure559 railroads4 petitions100 hours400
Petitions—Pre-Revenue Svc Plans559 railroads2 petitions100 hours200
Copies of Petitions—Special Approval559 railroads4 petitions40 hours160
Statements of InterestPublic/Railroads14 statements8 hours112
Comments on Special Approval Procedure PetitionPublic/Railroads13 comments4 hours52
232.103: General Requirements for All Train Brakes114,000 cars70,000 stickers10 minutes11,667
232.105: General Requirements For Locomotives30,000 locomotives30,000 forms5 minutes2,500
Air Source Requirements—Plans10 new railroads1 plan40 hours40
Amendments to Plan50 Existing Plans10 amendment20 hours200
Record Keeping50 Existing Plans1,150 records20 hours23,000
Dynamic Br. Requirements—Rcd559 railroads1,656,000 rcd4 minutes110,400
Repair of Inoperative Dynamic Brakes30,000 locomotives6,358 records4 minutes424
Locomotives w/Inoperative Dynamic Br.30,000 locomotives6,358 tags30 seconds53
Deactivated Dynamic Brakes: Markings8,000 locomotives10 markings5 minutes1
Rule Safe Train Handling Procedures5 new railroads5 oper. rules4 hours20
Amendments559 railroads15 amendment1 hour15
Over Speed Top Rules—5 MPH Increase559 railroads5 requests20.5 hours103
Locomotive Engineer Certification Programs—Dynamic Brakes Training5 new railroads5 amendments16 hours80
Train Information Handling5 new railroads5 procedures40 hours200
Amendments100 railroads100 am. proc.20 hours2,000
Reports to Train Crews559 railroads2,112,000 rpts10 minutes352,000
Training Requirements: Training Programs—Subsequent Years15 railroads5 programs100 hours500
Amendments to Written Program559 railroads559 am. prog.8 hours4,472
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Training Records559 railroads67,000 records8 minutes8,933
Training Notifications559 railroads67,000 notices3 minutes3,350
Validation/Assessment Plans559 railroads1 plan +559 copies40 hrs./1 min.49
Amendments to Validation/Assessment Plans559 railroads50 amendment20 hours1,000
232.205: Class I Brake Test—Initial Terminal Insp.559 railroads1,646,000 notices45 seconds20,575
Class I A Brake Tests: 1000 Mile Insp.559 railroads25 designations30 minutes13
Subsequent Years559 railroads1 designation1 hour1
Amendments559 railroads5 amendments1 hour5
232.209: Class II Brake Tests—Intermediate Insp.559 railroads1,600,000 comments3 seconds1,333
Extended Haul Trains—Designations84,000 train movements100 designations15 minutes25
Records84,000 train movements25,200 records20 minutes8,400
General Requirements—Track Brake Test1,600,000 freight cars5,600 tags5 minutes467
Location of Last Track Brake Test/Single Car Test1,600,000 freight cars320,000 stenciling5 minutes26,667
232.305: Single Car Tests1,600,000 freight cars320,000 tests/rcds45 minutes240,000
232.309: Equipment and Devices—Tests/Calibrations640 shops5,000 tests30 minutes2,500
232.403: Design Standards For One-way EOT Devices—Unique Code245 railroads12 requests5 minutes1
232.407: Operations Requiring 2-Way EOTs245 railroads50,000 commun30 seconds417
Inspection and Testing of 2-Way EOTs245 railroads450,000 commun30 seconds3,750
Testing Telemetry Equipment245 railroads32,708 markings60 seconds545
Process to Introduce New Brake System Technology—Special Approval559 railroads1 request/letter60 minutes1
Pre-Revenue Service Demonstration559 railroads1 request3 hours3
Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Testing Plan: Maintenance Procedure—1st Year559 railroads1 procedure160 hours160
Subsequent Years559 railroads1 amendment40 hours40
Amendments559 railroads1 petition67 hours67
Design Descriptions—Petitions559 railroads1 report13 hours13
Results Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Testing559 railroads5 descriptions40 hours200
Description of Brake Systems Technologies Previously Used in Revenue Service
ECP Requirements Brakes—Configuration Management Plans4 railroads1 plan160 hours160
Updated Plans in Subsequent Years4 railroads1 plan160 hours160
Modification of Standards—Requests4 railroads1 request + 4 copies8 hours + 5 minutes8
RR Statement Affirming Copy of Modification Request to Employee Reps.4 railroads4 statements + 24 copies60 minutes + 5 minutes6
Comments on Modification RequestPublic/Interested Parties4 comments2 hours8
ECP Training Programs4 railroads4 programs100 hours400
Programs in Subsequent Years4 railroads2 programs100 hours200
ECP Trained Employees4 railroads6,409 empl.8 hrs./24 hrs.10,512
ECP Trained Employees—Subsequent Yr4 railroads6,409 empl.1 hr./8 hrs.30,264
ECP Trained Employees—Records4 railroads6,409 records4 minutes855
ECP Trained Employees—Sub. Records4 railroads6,409 records4 minutes428
RR/Contractor Assessment of ECP Training Programs—Amended Plans4 railroads4 amended plans40 hours160
ECP Trains Inspection/Testing4 railroads10,000 tests + 10,000 notices90 minutes + 45 seconds15,125
Notification to Locomotive Engineer:
Cars Added en Route—Tests/Notifications4 railroads1,000 tests + 1,000 notices60 minutes + 45 seconds1,006
Non-ECP Cars Added—Inspections and Tagging of Defective Equipment2000 Cars200 insp. + 400 tags5 minutes + 2.5 minutes34
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Handling of Defective Equipment w/ECP Brake Systems—Tagging25 Cars50 tags2.5 minutes2
Train in ECP Mode w/Less Than 85% of Cars w/Operative Brakes—Insp. + Tagging20 Cars20 insp. + 40 tags5 minutes + 2.5 minutes3
Freight Cars w/ECP Systems Found with Defective Non-Safety Appliance—Tagging75 Cars150 tags2.5 minutes6
Conventional Train Operating with ECP Stand Alone Brake Systems—Tagging500 Cars1,000 tags2.5 minutes42
Procedures for Handling ECP Brake System Repairs4 railroads4 procedures24 hours96
Submission to FRA of ECP Brake System Repair Locations—Lists4 railroads4 lists8 hours32
Notice to FRA of Change in List4 railroads1 notification60 minutes1
Periodic Maintenance Inspection and Repair of ECP Cars Before Release from Repair Shop or Track500 freight Cars500 inspection and records10 minutes83
Petitions for Special Approval of Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Testing PlanAAR1 petition + 2 copies24 hours + 5 minutes24
Single Car Brake Test on ECP Retrofitted Cars2,500 freight Cars2,500 tests/Records45 minutes1,875
Modification of Single Car Test StandardAAR1 procedure40 hours40

Total Responses: 8,677,078.

Total Estimated Total Annual Burden: 990,276 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 August 5, 2011 .

Kimberly Coronel,

Director, Office of Financial Management, Federal Railroad Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2011-20464 Filed 8-11-11; 8:45 am]