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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 March 25, 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, Start Printed Page 4979Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6132). (These telephone numbers are not toll-free.)

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The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Pub. L. No. 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 the two currently approved information collection activities that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA:

Title: Track Safety Standards.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0010.

Abstract: Qualified persons inspect track and take action to allow safe passage of trains and ensure compliance with prescribed Track Safety Standards. In August 2009, FRA amended the Track Safety Standards to promote the safety of railroad operations over continuous welded rail (CWR). In particular, FRA promulgated specific requirements for the qualification of persons designated to inspect CWR track, or supervise the installation, adjustment, or maintenance of CWR track. FRA also clarified the procedure associated with the submission of CWR plans to FRA by track owners. The final specified that these plans should add focus on inspecting CWR for pull-apart prone conditions, and on CWR joint installation and maintenance procedures. The final rule also made other changes to the requirements governing CWR.

Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.124.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 728 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Reporting Burden:

CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
213.14—Excepted Track—Identification200 railroads20 orders15 minutes5
—Notification to FRA—Removal of Track Segment From Excepted Statutes200 railroads15 notices10 minutes3
213.5—Responsibility of Track Owners—Assignment to Another Person—Notice to FRA728 railroads19 notices8 hours80
213.7—Designation of Qualified Persons to Supervise Certain Renewals and Inspect Track728 railroads1,500 names10 minutes250
—Individuals Designated under paragraphs (a) or (b) of this section who inspect CWR and have completed CWR Training Course728 railroads80,000 trained employees90 minutes120,000
—Employees authorized by Track Owner to prescribe CWR Remedial Actions31 railroads80,000 auth. + 80,000 exams70 minutes93,333
—Designations (Partially Qualified under Paragraph c)31 railroads250 names10 minutes42
213.17—Waiver Petitions728 railroads6 petitions24 hours144
213.57—Curves; Elevations & Speed Limits—Requests for higher curving speeds728 railroads2 requests40 hours80
—Implementation Notification to FRA728 railroads2 notifications45 minutes2
—Requests For FRA Approval—Test Plans1 railroad2 test plans16 hours32
213.110—Gage Restraint Meas. Systems—Implementing GRMS—Notice to FRA and Technical Report728 railroads5 notices + 1 tech. report45 minutes + 4 hours8
—GRMS Output Reports728 railroads50 reports5 minutes4
—GRMS Exception Reports728 railroads50 reports5 minutes4
—Procedures for Maintaining GRMS Data728 railroads4 procedures2 hours8
—GRMS Training to Qualified Employees728 railroads2 tr. programs + 5 sessions16 hours112
—GRMS Inspections—Two Most Recent Records728 railroads50 records2 hours100
213.118—Continuous Weld Rail (CWR)—Track Owner Plans to FRA728 railroads728 revised plans4 hours2,912
—Notice to FRA & to Affected Employees of Plan's Effective Date728 railroads728 notices + 80,000 notices15 minutes + 2 minutes2,849
—FRA Required Revisions to CWR Plans728 railroads20 revisions2 hours40
—Further FRA Amendments to CWR Plans—Annual Retraining of CWR Employees728 railroads20 plans1 hour20
213.119—Continuous Weld Rail (CWR)—Fracture Reports239 railroads12,000 reports10 minutes2,000
—Petition to FRA to Conduct Technical Conference on Fracture Report Data1 RR Association1 petition15 minutes.25
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—Comprehensive CWR Training Program for Employees Needing Annual Retraining239 railroads240 amended programs60 minutes240
—Annual Retraining of CWR Employees31 railroads80,000 workers30 minutes40,000
—Records of CWR Installations and CWR Maintenance239 railroads2,000 records10 minutes333
—Records of Rail Joint Inspections239 railroads360,000 rcds2 minutes12,000
—Records of CWR Periodic Inspections239 railroads480,000 rcds1 minute8,000
—CWR Procedures Manual728 railroads239 Manuals10 minutes40
213.233—Track Inspections by Person/Vehicle—Records728 railroads12,500 notations1 minute208
213.241—Track and Rail Inspection Records728 railroads1,542,089 recordsVaries with Inspection Type1,723,941
213.303—Responsibility for Compliance—High Speed Track: Notice to FRA of Assignment of Responsibility2 railroads1 notice8 hours8
213.305—Designation of Fully Qualified Individuals2 railroads150 designations10 minutes25
—Designation of Partially Qualified Individuals2 railroads15 designations10 minutes3
213.317—Waiver Petitions2 railroads1 petition80 hours80
213.329—Curves, Elevation, and Higher Speed Limits—Notification to FRA of Passenger/Commuter Equipment Operating at Higher Curving Speeds2 railroads3 notifications40 hours120
—Notification to FRA of Service Over More than One Track by Passenger or Commuter Service Operator2 railroads3 notifications45 minutes2
213.333—Automated Vehicle Inspection Systems: Track Geometry Measurement System Output Reports3 railroads18 reports20 hours360
—Exception Printouts2 railroads13 printouts20 hours260
213.341—Initial Inspection—New Rail and Welds: Mill Inspection—Report2 railroads2 reports16 hours32
—Welding Plant Inspection—Report2 railroads2 reports16 hours32
—Inspection of Field Welds—Records2 railroads125 records20 minutes42
213.343—Continuous Weld Rail—History—Records2 railroads150 records10 minutes253
213.345—Vehicle Qualification Testing—Results/Records1 railroad2 reports560 hours1,120
213.347—Automotive or RR Crossing at Grade—Protection Plans1 railroad2 plans8 hours16
213.369—Inspection Records2 railroads500 records1 minute8
—Inspection Records of Defects and Remedial Actions2 railroads50 records5 minutes4

Total Responses: 2,813,581.

Total Estimated Total Annual Burden: 1,957,927 hours.

Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.

Title: Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0545.

Abstract: The collection of information is due to the passenger train emergency regulations set forth in 49 CFR parts 223 and 239 which require railroads to meet minimum Federal standards for the preparation, adoption, and implementation of emergency preparedness plans connected with the operation of passenger trains, including freight railroads hosting operations of rail passenger service. The regulations require luminescent or lighted emergency markings so that passengers and emergency responders can readily determine where the closest and most accessible exit routes are located and how the emergency exit mechanisms are operated. Windows and doors intended for emergency access by responders for extrication of passengers must be marked with retro-reflective material so that emergency responders, particularly in conditions of poor visibility, can easily distinguish them from the less accessible doors and windows. Records of the inspection, maintenance, and repair of emergency windows and door exits, as well as records of operational efficiency tests, will be used to ensure compliance with the regulations.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 25 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
239.13—Waiver Petitions25 railroads1 petition20 hours20
239.107—Marking of Emergency Window and Door Exits on New Passenger Cars25 railroads6,525 labels10 minutes706
—Replacement Markings/Decals on Emergency Window and Door Exits25 railroads6,320 decals/1,300 decals5 minutes/10 minutes744
—Records of Inspections25 railroads1,800 window tests/records + 1,200 door test records20 minutes1,000
239.101/201/203—Filing of Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP)3 railroads1 EPP158 hours158
—Amendments to Emergency Preparedness Plan15 railroads5 amendments8 hours40
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239.101(a)(1)(ii)—Maintenance of Current Emergency Telephone Numbers2 railroads2 current lists1 hour2
239.101(a)(3)—Joint Operations by Railroads —Joint Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP)5 railroad pairs1 joint plan16 hours16
239.101(a)(5)—Liaison with Emergency Responders—Updated Plans Containing Emergency Responder Liaison Information25 railroads25 updated plans40 hours1,000
239.101(a)(7)(ii)—Passenger Safety Information—Plans and Posting of Safety Awareness Messages3 new railroads/3 commuter railroads1,300 cards/3 plans/3 safety messages/3 plans/3 safety messages5 minutes/16 hours/48 hours/8 hours/24 hours396
239.105—Debriefing and Critique After Each Passenger Train Emergency Situation or Full Scale Simulation25 railroads44 debriefing/critique sessions27 hours1,188
239.301—Operational (Efficiency) Tests of On-board and Control Center Employees and Records of Tests25 railroads25,000 tests/records15 minutes6,250

Total Responses: 43,536.

Total Estimated Annual Burden: 11,520 hours.

Type of Request: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.

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 15, 2013.

Rebecca Pennington,

Chief Financial Officer, Federal Railroad Administration.

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[FR Doc. 2013-01198 Filed 1-22-13; 8:45 am]