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Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (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 the information collection requests (ICRs) below 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 June 20, 2014.


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 17, 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) 493-6497, 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 17, 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, sec. 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 Start Printed Page 22179activities 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 currently approved information collection activities that FRA will submit for clearance by OMB as required under the PRA:

Title: Railroad Operating Rules.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0035.

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.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 720 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
217.7—Copy—FRA—Operating rules, timetables, Class I & II RRs2 new railroads2 submissions1 hour2
—Amendments55 railroads165 amendments20 minutes55
—Copy of operating rules/timetables, etc. by Class III5 new railroads5 submissions55 minutes5
—Amendments by Class III Railroads687 railroads2,061 amendments15 minutes515
217.9—RR and RR Testing Officer Qualification720 railroads4,732 field trained officers/training sessions8 hours37,856
—Records of Qualification720 railroads4,732 records2 minutes
—Written Prog. of Operational Tests5 new railroads5 programs9.92 hours158
—Records of Operational Tests/Inspections720 railroads9,188,700 records5 minutes50
—Amendments55 railroads165 amendments1.92 hours765,725
—Quarterly Review of Accident/Incident Data/Prior Op. Tests/Insp.720 railroads196 reviews1 hour317 196
—Designated Officers & Conduct of 6 Mo. Rev.720 railroads61 designations + 132 reviews5 seconds + 1 hour
—Designated Officers & Conduct of Six Month Review by Passenger/Commuter RailroadsAmtrak + 23 railroads24 designations + 48 reviews5 seconds + 1 hour132 48
—Records of Periodic Reviews720 railroads752 review records1 minute
—Annual Summary on Operational Tests/Insp.61 railroads61 summary records61 minutes13
—FRA Disapproval of RR Program of Operational Tests/Insp. & Response by RR720 railroads10 supporting documents1 hour62 10
—Amended Prog. Docs.720 railroads10 amended documents30 minutes
271.11—Instruction of Program Employees720 railroads130,000 instr. employees8 hours1,040,000
—New RR & Copy of Program of Op. Tests5 new railroads5 Programs8 hours40
—Amendments to Op. Rules Instr. Program720 railroads220 amendments55 minutes202
218.95—Instruction, Training, Examination—Records720 railroads98,000 records5 minutes8,167
—Response to FRA Disapproval of Program720 railroads25 written/oral submissions1 hour25
—Programs Needing Amendment720 railroads10 amended programs30 minutes5
218.97—Written Procedures on Good Faith Challenges by Employees Re: Actions720 railroads41 written procedures2 hours82
—Employee Copy of Written Procedures720 railroads4,000 copies6 minutes400
—Employee Copy of Amended Procedures720 railroads125,000 copies3 minutes6,250
—Good Faith Challenges by RR Employees98,000 RR Employees15 challenges10 minutes3
—RR Responses to Empl. Challenge720 railroads5 immediate reviews15 minutes1
—Immediate Review of Employee Challenge720 railroads5 immediate reviews15 minutes1
—RR Officer Explanation of Federal Law Protection Against Retaliation720 railroads5 explanations1 minutes.08
—Documented Protest by RR Employee720 railroads10 written protests15 minutes3
—Copies of Protests720 railroads10 protest copies1 minute
—Further Reviews720 railroads3 further reviews15 minutes17
—Written Verification—Decision to Employee720 railroads10 verification decisions10 minutes1 2
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—Copy of Written Procedures at RR Hdtrs.720 railroads773 copies of procedures5 minutes64
—Copy of Verification Decision at RR Headquarters & Division Headquarters720 railroads20 verification decision5 minutes2
218.99—Shoving or Pushing Movements
—Operating Rule Modifications720 railroads41 rule modifications1 hour41
—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 movements1 minute500
218.101—Operating Rule Re: Leaving Rolling & On-Track MOW Equipment in the Clear720 railroads41 amended op. rules30 minutes21 hours
218.103—Hand-Operated Switches—RR Operating Rule That Complies w/§ 218.103720 railroads41 modified operating rules1 hour41
—Specification of Minimum Job Briefing Requirements720 railroads55 modified op. rules30 minutes28
—Employee Operating or Verifying Position of Hand-operated Switches: Job Briefings720 railroads1,125,000 job briefings1 minute18,750
218.105—Additional Requirements for Hand Operated Main Track Switches—Job Briefing720 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 RWIC720 railroads100,000 empl. reports + 100,000 conveyances1 minute + 1 minute3,334
—Dispatcher Acknowledgment of Switch Position and Employee Confirmation to Train Dispatcher720 railroads60,000 acknowledgment + 60,000 confirmations30 seconds + 5 seconds583
218.109—Hand Operated Fixed Derails: Job Briefings720 railroads562,500 hours30 seconds4,688

Total Estimated Responses: 188,669,706.

Total Estimated Annual Burden: 4,839,583 hours.

Status: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.

Title: Reflectorization of Freight Rolling Stock.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0566.

Abstract: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued this regulation to mandate the reflectorization of freight rolling stock (freight cars and locomotives) to enhance the visibility of trains in order to reduce the number and severity of accidents at highway-rail grade crossings in which train visibility acted as a contributing factor. The information collected is used by FRA to ensure that railroads/car owners follow the schedule established by the regulation for placing retro-reflective material on the sides of freight rolling stock (freight cars and locomotives) in order to improve the visibility of trains. The information is also used by FRA to confirm that railroads/car owners meet the prescribed standards for the application, inspection, and maintenance of the required retro-reflective material.

Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.113.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 685 railroads and 4 Locomotive Manufacturers.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
224.7—Waivers753 Railroads/Car Owners15 petitions1 hour15
224.15—Special Approval Procedures—Petitions3 Manufacturers12 petitions40 hours480
—Public Comment on Petitions3 Manufacturers/Railroads3 comment1 hour3
224.107—Implementation Schedule: Freight Cars753 Railroads/Car Owners200 reports/forms15 minutes50
—Existing Freight Cars with Retroreflective Sheeting753 Railroads/Car Owners200 reports/forms20 hours4,000
—Updated Reflectorization Implementation Plans: Failure Rpt.753 Railroads/Car Owners5 failure reports2 hours10
II. Existing Cars w/Retroreflective Sheeting753 Railroads/Car Owners172 reports/forms20 hours3,440
(b Existing Locomotives without Retroreflective sheeting753 Railroads/Car Owners35 reports/forms15 minutes9
—Updated Reflectorization Compliance Reports753 Railroads/Car Owners35 reports/forms3 hours105
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—Failure reports after initial 24 mo.753 Railroads/Car Owners1 failure report2 hours2
II. Existing Locomotives with Retroreflective Sheeting— Reports of Compliance753 Railroads/Car Owners150 reports/forms4 hours600
224.109—Inspection, Repair, Replacement—Freight CarsAAR + 300 Car Shops272,600 Notices2 minutes9,090
—Locomotives: Records of Restrictions22,045 Locomotives4,809 records3 minutes240

Total Responses: 278,237.

Total Estimated Total Annual Burden: 18,044 hours.

Status: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.

Title: Track Safety Standards: Concrete Crossties.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0592.

Abstract: On April 1, 2011, FRA amended the Federal Track Safety Standards to promote the safety of railroad operations over track constructed with concrete crossties. In particular, FRA mandated specific requirements for effective concrete crossties, for rail fastening systems connected to concrete crossties, and for automated inspections of track constructed with concrete crossties. The information collected under § 213.234 is used by FRA to ensure that automated track inspections of track constructed with concrete crossties are carried out as specified in this section to supplement visual inspections by Class I and Class II railroads, intercity passenger railroads, and commuter railroads or small government jurisdictions that serve populations greater than 50,000.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 18 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
213.234—Automated Inspection of Track Constructed with Concrete Crossties: Exception Reports Listing All Exception to § 213.109(d)(4)18 Railroads150 reports8 hours1,200
— Copies of Exception Report Provided to Designated Person under § 213.234(e)(1)18 Railroads150 report copies12 minutes30
—Field Verification of Exception Reports18 Railroads150 verification2 hours300
—Records of Inspection Data18 Railroads150 records30 minutes75
—Institution of Procedures by Track Owner to Maintain Integrity of Track Data Collected by the Measurement System18 Railroads18 procedures4 hours72
—Training by Track Owner: Annual Training in Handing Rail Seat Deterioration Exceptions to All Persons Designated Fully Qualified under § 213.718 Railroads2,000 trained employees8 hours16,000

Total Responses: 2,618.

Total Estimated Total Annual Burden: 17,677 hours.

Status: 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 15 April 2014.

Rebecca Pennington,

Chief Financial Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2014-08949 Filed 4-18-14; 8:45 am]