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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 August 21, 2015.


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 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 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 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 Start Printed Page 35713by 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 Locomotive Safety Standards and Event Recorders.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0004.

Abstract: The Locomotive Inspection requires railroads to inspect, repair, and maintain locomotives and event recorders so that they are safe, free of defects, and can be placed in service without peril to life. Crashworthy locomotive event recorders provide FRA with verifiable factual information about how trains are maintained and operated, and are used by FRA and State inspectors for part 229 rule enforcement. The information garnered from crashworthy event recorders is also used by railroads to monitor railroad operations and by railroad employees (locomotive engineers, train crews, dispatchers) to improve train handling, and promote the safe and efficient operation of trains throughout the country, based on a surer knowledge of different control inputs.

Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.49A.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 754 Railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
229.9—Movement of Non-Complying Locomotives44 Railroads21,000 tags1 minute350
229.15—Remote control locomotive—tagging to indicate in remote control44 Railroads3,000 tags2 minutes100
—Repair record of defective OCU linked to remote control locomotive44 Railroads200 records5 minutes17
229.17—Accident Reports44 Railroads1 report15 minutes.25
229.20—Electronic Recordkeeping—Automatic notice to RR each time locomotive is due for inspection or maintenance44 Railroads21,000 notifications1 second6
29.21—Daily Inspection754 Railroads6,890,000 insp. reports/records16 minutes or 18 minutes1,911,780
—Written Reports of MU Locomotive Inspections754 Railroads250 written reports13 minutes54
Locomotive Inspection and Repair Record—Form FRA F 6180.49A754 Railroads4,000 forms2 minutes133
229.23—Periodic Inspections of Locomotives754 Railroads9,500 tests/forms8 hours76,000
—Secondary record of information on Form FRA F 6180.49A754 Railroads9,500 secondary records2 minutes317
—List of defects/repairs during inspection provided to RR employees + copies of lists754 Railroads4,000 lists + 4,000 copies2 minutes + 2 minutes266
—Document from railroad to employees of all tests conducted since last periodic inspection754 Railroads9,500 documents/records2 minutes317
229.33—Out of Use Credit for Locomotives754 Railroads500 out-of-use notations5 minutes42
Recordkeeping Requirements:
229.25—Periodic Inspection of Event Recorders: Written Copy of Instructions—Amendments754 Railroads200 amendments15 minutes50
—Data Verification Readout of Event Recorder754 Railroads4,025 readout records/reports90 minutes6,038
—Pre-Maintenance Test Failures of Event Recorder754 Railroads700 test failure notations30 minutes350
229.135—Removal of event recorder from service—Tags754 Railroads1,000 removal tags1 minute17
—Preserving Locomotive Event Recorder Accident Data—reports754 Railroads10,000 data reports15 minutes2,500
Other Requirements:
229.27—Annual tests of event recorders w/self-monitoring feature displaying a failure indication—tests754 Railroads700 tests/records90 minutes1,050
229.29—Calibration of Locomotive Air Flow Meter—Tests754 Railroads88,000 tests/records15 seconds367
229.46—Tagging locomotive with inoperative or ineffective automatic/independent brake that can only be used in trailing position754 Railroads2,100 tags2 minutes70
229.85—Marking of all doors, cover plates, or barriers having direct access to high voltage equipment with words “Danger High Voltage” or with word “Danger”754 Railroads1,000 re-paintings/decals1 minute17
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229.123—Locomotives equipped with a pilot, snowplow, end plate with clearance above 6 inches—Marking/stenciling with words “9 inch Maximum End Plate Height, Yard or Trail Service Only”754 Railroads20 markings/stencils2 minutes1
—Notation in Remarks section of Form FRA F6180.49A of pilot, snowplow, or end plate clearance above 6 inches754 Railroads20 notations2 minutes1
229.135—Re-manufactured locomotives equipped with certified crash-worthy event recorder754 Railroads1,000 certified memory modules2 hours2,000
229.140—Alerters—Visual indication to locomotive operator at least 5 seconds before audio alarm—New Locomotives754 Railroads74,880,000 visual indications4 seconds83,200
SUBPART E—229.303—Requests to FRA for on-track testing of products outside a facility754 Railroads20 requests8 hours160
—Identification of all products developed by Railroads and Vendors754 Railroads20 product identification documents2 hours40
229.307—Safety Analysis for each product subject to this Subpart754 Railroads300 safety analyses240 hours72,000
229.309—Safety critical changes to product subject to this Subpart—Notice to FRA754 Railroads10 notifications16 hours160
—Report by product suppliers and private owners to railroads of any safety-critical changes to product3 Manufacturers10 reports8 hours80
229.311—Railroad Notification to FRA of intent to place product subject to this Part in Service754 Railroads300 notifications2 hours600
—Railroad document provided to FRA upon request demonstrating product meets Safety Analysis requirements for life cycle of product754 Railroads300 documents2 hours600
—Railroad maintenance of data base of all safety relevant hazards encountered after product is placed in service754 Railroads300 databases4 hours1,200
—Written report to FRA disclosing frequency of safety relevant hazards for product exceeding threshold set forth in Safety Analysis754 Railroads10 written reports2 hours20
—Final Report to FRA on results of analyses and counter measures to reduce frequency of safety related hazards754 Railroads10 written final reports4 hours40
219.313—Product testing results and records754 Railroads120,000 product testing records5 minutes10,000
219.315—Railroad maintenance of Operations and Maintenance Manual containing all documents related to installation, maintenance, repair, modification, and testing of a product subject to this Part754 Railroads300 manuals40 hours12,000
—RR Configuration Management Control Plan754 Railroads300 plans8 hours2,400
—Positive ID of safety-critical components754 Railroads60,000 Identified components5 minutes5,000
229.317—RR Establishment and Implementation of Training Qualification program for products subject to this Subpart754 Railroads300 programs40 hours12,000
—Employees trained under RR program754 Railroads10,000 trained employees30 minutes5,000
—Periodic refresher training of employees754 Railroads1,000 re-trained employees20 minutes333
—RR regular and periodic evaluation of effectiveness of its training program754 Railroads300 evaluations4 hours1,200
—RR record of individuals designated as qualified under this Section754 Railroads10,000 records10 minutes1,667
Appendix F to Part 229—Guidance for Verification and Validation of Products—3rd Party Assessments754 Railroads/3 Manufacturers1 3rd party assessment4,000 hours4,000

Total Estimated Annual Responses: 82,168,698.

Total Estimated Annual Burden: 2,213,623 hours.

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Title: FRA Emergency Order No. 31, Notice No. 1.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0611.

Abstract: On May 21, 2015, FRA issued Emergency Order No. 31 (EO or Order) to require that the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) take actions to control passenger train speed at certain locations on main line track in the Northeast Corridor (as defined by 49 U.S.C. 24905(c)(1)(A)). Amtrak was required to immediately implement code changes to its Automatic Train Control (ATC) System to enforce the passenger train speed limit ahead of the curve at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where a fatal accident occurred on May 12, 2015. Amtrak was also required to identify all other curves on the Northeast Corridor where there is a significant reduction (more than 20 miles per hour (mph)) from the maximum authorized approach speed to those curves for passenger trains. Amtrak was then required to develop and comply with an FRA-approved action plan to modify its existing ATC System or other signal systems (or take alternative operational actions) to enable enforcement of passenger train speeds at the identified curves. Amtrak also had to install additional wayside passenger train speed limit signage at appropriate locations on its Northeast Corridor right-of-way. FRA is continuing this Emergency Order in full force and effect, and is now seeking regular clearance for the information collection associated with this Emergency Order.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 1 Railroad.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden:

Emergency Order No. 31—Item:Respondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
(1) Amtrak survey of Northeast Corridor (NEC) main line track system to create list identifying each main track curve where there is a reduction of more than 20 mph from the maximum authorized speed to that curve1 Railroad1 list32 hours32
(2) Development and submission of Amtrak Action Plan to FRA1 Railroad1 action plan80 hours80
(3) Installation of Additional Wayside Signs throughout NEC, particularly along curve locations, to alert engineers and conductors of maximum authorized train speed1 Railroad186 NEC wayside signs15.4839 minutes per sign48
—Notice by Amtrak to FRA of Installation of Signs along NEC designated in its1 Railroad6 notices15 minutes2
(4) Relief Petition to FRA to take action not in Accordance with this Emergency Order1 Railroad1 petition request80 hours80

Total Estimated Annual Responses: 195.

Total Estimated Annual Burden: 242.

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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Rebecca Pennington,

Chief Financial Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2015-15214 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am]