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Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation.

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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 (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 March 11, 2013.


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-____.” Alternatively, comments may be transmitted via facsimile to (202) 493-6216 or (202) 493-6497, or via email 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 25, 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 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 cannot 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: 27 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion; annually.

Reporting Burden

CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
229.47: Emergency Brake Valve—Stenciling Locomotives27 railroads30 stencillings1 minute1
Stenciling: DMU, MU, Cab Control Locomotives27 railroads5 stencillings1 minute.08
238.7 Waivers27 railroads5 waivers2 hours10
238.15: Movement of Passenger Equip. w/power brake defects: Limitations on movement found during Class I/IA Brake Test27 railroads1,000 tags/cards3 minutes50
Limitations on movement of passenger equip. in passenger service that becomes defective en route after Class I/IA brake test27 railroads288 tags/cards3 minutes14
Conditional Requirement: Notifications27 railroads144 Notifications3 minutes7
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238.17: Movement of Passenger Equip. w/Other than Power Brake Defects: Defects Developed En Route27 railroads200 tags/cards3 minutes10
Special Requisites For Movement of Equipment w/Safety Appliance Defects27 railroads76 tags/cards3 minutes4
Notifications22 railroads38 notifications30 seconds.32
238.21: Special Approval Procedure: Petitions For Alternative Std.27 railroads1 petition16 hours16
Petitions For Alternative Compl.27 railroads1 petition120 hours120
238.21: Petitions For Special Approval of Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Plan27 railroads10 petitions40 hours400
CommentsPublic/RR Industry4 comments1 hour4
238.103: Fire Safety: Fire Safety Analysis: New Railroads—New Equipment2 New Railroads2 fire safety analyses150 hours300
Existing Equipment: Fire Safety Analysis27 railroads1 analysis40 hours40
Equipment Transferred to New Service: Fire Safety Analysis27 railroads3 analyses20 hours60
238.107: Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Plan: Annual Reviews27 railroads12 reviews60 hours720
238.109: Training, Qualification, and Designation Prog.—Training Employees Who Perform Mechanical Insp.7,500 employees; 100 trainers2,500 employees trained/100 instructors1.33 hours3,458
Recordkeeping27 railroads2,500 records3 minutes125
238.111: Pre-Revenue Service Acceptance Testing Plan: Equipment Previously Used in Revenue Service9 equipment manufacturers2 plans16 hours32
Equipment Not Previously Used in Revenue Service9 equipment manufacturers2 plans192 hours384
Subsequent Orders9 equipment manufacturers2 plans60 hours120
238.213: Corner Posts—Plan in lieu of meeting requirements of section (b) of this provision27 railroads10 plans40 hours400
238.229: Welded Safety Appliances—List identifying each piece of equipment w/a welded safety bracket/support27 railroads27 lists60 minutes27
List of passenger equipment placed into service prior to Jan. 1, 2007, with a welded safety appliance27 railroads27 lists60 minutes27
Tagging defective welded safety appliance27 railroads4 tags3 minutes20
Notification to crewmembers of movement of defective equipment27 railroads2 notifications1 minutes.0333
Written safety appliance inspection plan to FRA27 railroads27 plans16 hours432
Training of RR inspection personnel27 railroads54 tr. Employees4 hours216
Remedial action: Record27 railroads1 record2.25 hour2
Petition for Special Approval of Alternative Compliance pursuant to section 238.2127 railroads15 petitions4 hours60
Record of inspection/repair of welded safety appliance brackets/supports27 railroads3,054 records12 minutes611
238.230: Safety Appliances: New Equipment—Inspection/Record of welded safety appliance brackets/supports27 railroads100 records6 minutes10
Documentation to FRA of Other welded safety appliances & safety appliance brackets/supports27 railroads15 documents4 hours60
238.231: RR Procedure to secure unattended locomotive required to have a hand brake or parking brake applied27 railroads27 procedures2 hours54
238.237: Automated Monitoring—Documentation for setting alerter or deadman control27 railroads3 documents2 hours6
Tagging defective alerter or deadman control in locomotive cab27 railroads25 tags3 minutes1
238.303: Exterior Calendar Day Inspection of Equip.27 railroads25 notices2 minutes1
Defective Dynamic Brakes on MU Locomotive27 railroads50 tags/cards3 minutes3
Defective Dynamic Brakes on Conventional Locos27 railroads50 tags/cards3 minutes3
MU equipment with inoperative/or ineffective air compressor: documentation of train safety27 railroads4 documents2 hours8
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Notice to train crew of number of units with inoperative or ineffective air compressors27 railroads100 notices3 minutes5
Record of inoperative or ineffective air compressor27 railroads100 records2 minutes3
Record of each exterior calendar day mechanical inspection27 railroads2,376,920 records1 minute435,769
238.305: Interior Calendar Day Mechanical Insp.: Tagging Req.27 railroads540 tags1 minute9
Inspection and Records27 railroads1,968,980 inspect/records5 minutes + 1 minute196,898
238.307: Periodic Mechanical Inspection of Pass. Cars: Notification of Alternative Intervals27 railroads2 notifications5 hours10
Non-Complying Conditions27 railroads200 notices2 minutes7
Inspections and Records of Insp.27 railroads19,284 inspections/records200 hours + 2 minutes3,857,443
Reliability Assessments Concerning Alt. Inspection Interval27 railroads5 documents100 hours500
238.311: Single Car Test: Movement to Nest Forward Location27 railroads50 tags3 minutes3
238.313: Class I Brake Test—Records27 railroads15,600 records30 minutes7,800
238.315: Class IA Brake Test27 railroads18,250 verbal notices5 seconds25
Communication Signal Tests22 railroads365,000 tests15 seconds1,521
238.317: Class II Brake Test: Communication Signal System Test27 railroads365,000 tests15 seconds1,521
238.321: Out-of-service credit27 railroads1,250 notations2 minutes42
238.445: Automated Monitoring1 railroad10,000 alerts/alarms10 seconds28
Self-Tests: Notific1 railroad21,900 notifications20 seconds122
238.503/505: FRA approval of written inspection, testing, and maintenance program for Tier II passenger equipment prior to implementation of program & use of equipment in passenger operation27 railroads1 program/plan1,200 hours1,200
Comments on programPublic/Interested Rail Parties3 comments3 hours9

Total Responses: 5,151,727.

Estiamated Total Annual Burden: 4,510,711 hours.

Status: Regular Review.

Title: Designation of Qualified Persons.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0511.

Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Form(s): N/A.

Abstract: The collection of information is used to prevent the unsafe movement of defective freight cars. Railroads are required to inspect freight cars for compliance and to determine restrictions on the movements of defective cars.

Annual Estimated Burden: 40 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 January 3, 2013.

Rebecca Pennington,

Chief Financial Officer, Federal Railroad Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2013-00221 Filed 1-8-13; 8:45 am]