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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), this document provides the public notice that by a document dated March 5, 2013, Farmrail System, Inc. (Farmrail) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for an extension of a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR part 223, Safety Glazing Standards—Locomotives, Passenger Cars and Cabooses. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA-2001-9998.

Specifically, Farmrail petitioned FRA to grant an extension of a waiver of compliance from 49 CFR 223.15, Requirements for existing passenger cars. Farmrail seeks this relief for three passenger cars, numbered FMRC 5627, FMRC 5478, and FMRC 5560. These cars are used in excursion service, on a limited seasonal basis, through a sparsely populated area on trackage owned by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The cars are former VIA Rail Canada equipment and have a double-pane combination of 1/4-inch thick safety glass inside and plate glass outside. Farmrail states that there has been no breakage of the existing glazing, and it has continued to operate these cars in accordance with the conditions of the waiver granted in Docket Number FRA-2001-9998 without accident, incident, or any condition that has posed a safety hazard to passengers, employees, or the public. In addition, Farmrail states that the waiver should be extended because of the infrequent usage of the subject cars, the fact that they operate in excursion service, and the cost of installing FRA-compliant glazing.

A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications concerning the petition, is available for review online at and in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Operations Facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

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 and may be submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Web site:​. 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 by August 5, 2013 will be considered by FRA before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be considered as far as practicable.

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 comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). See​#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice of or interested parties may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477).

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Issued in Washington, DC, on June 17, 2013.

Robert C. Lauby,

Deputy Associate Administrator for Regulatory and Legislative Operations.

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[FR Doc. 2013-14892 Filed 6-20-13; 8:45 am]