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Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation.


Notice and request for comments.


Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of proposed information collection activities listed below. Before submitting these information collection requests (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities, which are identified in this notice.


Comments must be received no later than December 27, 2016.


Submit written comments on any or all of the following proposed activities by mail to either: Mr. Robert Brogan, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Railroad Safety, Regulatory Analysis Division, Federal Railroad Administration, RRS-21, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Mail Stop 25, Washington, DC 20590; or Ms. Kim Toone, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Information Technology, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 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—New.” Alternatively, comments may be faxed to (202) 493-6216 or (202) 493-6497, or emailed to Mr. Brogan at, or 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, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Railroad Safety, Regulatory Safety Analysis Division, RRS-21, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Mail Stop 25, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6292) or Ms. Kim Toone, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Information Technology, RAD-20, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Mail Stop 35, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6132). (These telephone numbers are not toll free.)

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The PRA, 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 to allow comment on information collection activities before seeking OMB approval to implement them. 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: (1) Whether the information collection activities are necessary for FRA to properly execute its functions, including whether the activities will have practical utility; (2) 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; (3) ways for FRA to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information being collected; and (4) ways for FRA to minimize the burden of information collection activities on the public by automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques and 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 that Federal regulations mandate. In summary, FRA reasons that comments received will advance three objectives: (1) Reduce reporting burdens; (2) ensure that it organizes information collection requirements in a “user-friendly” format to improve the use of such information; and (3) 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: Accident/Incident Reporting and Recordkeeping.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0500.

Abstract: The collection of information is due to the railroad Start Printed Page 74497accident reporting regulations in 49 CFR part 225 that require railroads to submit monthly reports summarizing collisions, derailments, and certain other accidents/incidents involving damages above a periodically revised dollar threshold, as well as certain injuries to passengers, employees, and other persons on railroad property. Because the reporting requirements and the information needed regarding each category of accident/incident are unique, a different form is used for each category.

Form Number(s): FRA F 6180.39i; 54; 55; 55A; 56; 57; 78; 81; 97; 98; 99;107; 150.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 790 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden

CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
225.6—Consolidated Reporting—Request to FRA by parent corporation to treat its commonly controlled carriers as a single railroad carrier for purposes of this part790 railroads1 request40 hours40
—Written agreement by parent corporation with FRA on specific subsidiaries included in its railroad system790 railroads1 agreement2 hours2
—Notification by parent corporation regarding any change in the subsidiaries making up its railroad system and amended written agreement with FRA790 railroads1 notification + 1 amended agreement60 minutes2
225.9—Telephonic Reports of Certain Accidents/Incidents and Other Events790 railroads2,400 phone reports15 minutes600
225.11—Reporting of Rail Equipment Accidents/Incidents—Form FRA F 6180.54790 railroads2,500 forms2 hours/1 hour/123 minutes4,530
225.12—Rail Equipment Accident/Incident Reports Alleging Human Factor as Cause—Form FRA F 6180.81790 railroads1,200 forms15 minutes300
—Part I Form FRA F 6180.78 (Notices)790 railroads800 notices + 4,000 copies10 minutes + 3 minutes334
—Joint operations790 railroads100 requests20 minutes33
—Late identification790 railroads20 attachments + 20 notices15 minutes10
—Employee statement supplementing Railroad Accident Report (Part II Form FRA F 6180.78)Railroad employees60 statements1.5 hours90
—Employee confidential letterRailroad employees10 letters2 hours20
225.13—Late Reports—Railroad discovery of improperly omitted Report of Accident/Incident790 railroads25 late reports1 hour25
—Railroad late/amended Report of Accident/Incident based on employee statement supplementing Railroad Accident Report790 railroads25 amended reports + 40 copies1 hour + 3 minutes27
225.18—Railroad narrative report of possible alcohol/drug involvement in accident/incident790 railroads12 reports30 minutes6
—Reports required by section 219.209(b) appended to rail equipment accident/incident report790 railroads5 reports30 minutes3
225.19—Rail-Highway Grade Crossing Accident/Incident Report—Form FRA F 6180.57790 railroads2,100 forms2 hours/1 hour4,000
—Death, Injury, or Occupational Illness (Form FRA F 6180.55a)790 railroads3,243 forms60 min./60 min 195 min3,700
225.21—Railroad Injury and Illness Summary: Form FRA F 6180.55790 railroads9,480 forms10 minutes1,580
225.21—Annual Railroad Report of Employee Hours and Casualties, By State—Form FRA F 6180.56790 railroads790 forms15 minutes198
225.21/25—Railroad Employee Injury and/or Illness Record—Form FRA F 6180.98790 railroads13,700 forms60 minutes13,700
—Copies of forms to employees790 railroads411 form copies2 minutes14
225.21—Initial Rail Equipment Accident/Incident Record—Form FRA F 6180.97790 railroads11,800 forms30 minutes5,900
—Completion of Form FRA F 6180.97 because of rail equipment involvement790 railroads1 form30 minutes1
225.21—Alternative Record for Illnesses Claimed to Be Work Related—Form FRA F 6180.107790 railroads300 forms75 minutes375
225.21—Highway User Statement—Railroad cover letter and Form FRA F 6180.150 sent out to potentially injured travelers involved in a highway-rail grade crossing accident/incident790 railroads950 letters/forms50 minutes792
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—Form FRA F 6180.150 completed by highway user and sent back to railroad950 Injured Individuals660 forms45 minutes495
225.25 (h)—Posting of Monthly Summary790 railroads9,480 lists5 minutes790
225.27—Retention of Records790 railroads13,700 records2 minutes457
—Record of Form FRA F 6180.107790 railroads300 records2 minutes10
—Record of Monthly Lists790 railroads9,480 records2 minutes316
—Record of Form FRA F 6180.97790 railroads11,800 records2 minutes393
—Record of Employee Human Factor Attachments790 railroads1,740 records2 minutes58
225.33—Internal Control Plans—Amendments790 railroads10 amendments6 hours60
225.35—Access to Records and Reports15 railroads200 lists20 minutes67
225.37—Optical Media Transfer of Reports, Updates, and Amendments8 railroads200 transfers3 minutes10
—Electronic Submission of Reports, Updates, and Amendments790 railroads2,400 submissions3 minutes120

Total Responses: 103,976.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 39,058 hours.

Status: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.

Title: Railroad Communications.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0524.

Abstract: FRA amended its radio standards and procedures to promote compliance by making the regulations more flexible; to require wireless communications devices, including radios, for specified classifications of railroad operations and roadway workers; and to retitle this part to reflect its coverage of other means of wireless communications such as cellular telephones, data radio terminals, and other forms of wireless communications to convey emergency and need-to-know information. The new rule establishes safe, uniform procedures covering the use of radio and other wireless communications within the railroad industry.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Affected Public: Businesses.

Respondent Universe: 725 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

Reporting Burden

CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
220.8—Waivers Petitions725 railroads6 petition letters60 minutes6
220.25—Instruction of Employees725 railroads91,000 instructed employees30 minutes45,500
—Subsequent Years725 railroads12,5400 instructed employees10 minutes2,090
—Operational Testing of Employees725 railroads100,000 tests/record5 minutes8,333
220.37—Testing Radio and Wireless Communication Equipment725 railroads780,000 tests30 seconds6,500
220.61—Transmission of Mandatory Directives725 railroads7,200,000 directives1.5 minutes180,000
—Marking Mandatory Directives725 railroads624,000 marks15 seconds2,600
220.307—Railroad Written Document Stating Authorized Business Purpose for Taking Video/Photo with Railroad-Supplied Electronic Device725 railroads10 written documents60 minutes10
—Safety Briefing for Use of Railroad-Supplied Electronic Device in Cab of Controlling Locomotive725 railroads5,460,000 briefings1 minute91,000
220.313—Railroad Written Program of Instruction and Examination on Part 220 Requirements5 new railroads5 amended written Instruction Programs60 minutes5
—Training of Railroad Employees on Part 220 Requirements730 railroads5,000 Trained Employees15 minutes1,250
—Employee Training Records730 railroads5,000 records5 minutes417

Total Responses: 14,277,567.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 337,717 hours.

Status: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.

Title: Safety Integration Plans.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0557.

Abstract: FRA and the Surface Transportation Board, working in conjunction with each other, have issued joint final rules establishing procedures for the development and implementation of safety integration plans (SIPs) by a Class I railroad proposing to engage in certain specified merger, consolidation, or acquisition of control transactions with another Class I railroad, or a Class II railroad with which it proposes to amalgamate operations. The scope of the transactions covered under the two rules is the same. FRA uses the information collected (the required SIPs), to maintain and promote a safe rail environment by ensuring that affected railroads (Class Is and some Class IIs) address critical safety issues Start Printed Page 74499unique to the amalgamation of large, complex railroad operations.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Affected Public: Railroads.

Respondent Universe: Class I railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

CFR sectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
244.13—Safety Integration Plans: Amalgamation of Operations
—SIP Development & Quarterly Meetings8 railroads1 plan340 hours340
244.17—Procedures—Reports to FRA8 railroads25 reports40 hours + 2 hours88
—Responses to FRA Inquiries Re: SIP data8 railroads6 responses8 hours48
—Coordination in Implementing Approved SIP8 railroads25 phone calls10 minutes4
—Request for Confidential Treatment8 railroads1 request16 hours16
244.19—Disposition—Comments on Proposed SIP Amendments8 railroads2 reports16 hours32

Total Responses: 60.

Estimated Total Annual Burden: 528 hours.

Status: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.

Title: Passenger Train Emergency Systems.

OMB Control Number: 2130-0576.

Abstract: The collection of information is due to passenger train emergency regulations in 49 CFR part 238 to further the safety of passenger train occupants through both enhancements and additions to FRA's existing regulations. In its final rule issued on November 29, 2013 (see 78 FR 71785), FRA added requirements for emergency passage through vestibule and other interior passageway doors and enhanced emergency egress and rescue signage requirements. FRA also established requirements for low-location emergency exit path markings to assist occupants in reaching and operating emergency exits, particularly under conditions of limited visibility. Moreover, FRA added standards to ensure emergency lighting systems are provided in all passenger cars and enhanced requirements for the survivability of emergency lighting systems in new passenger cars. The purpose of this part is to prevent collisions, derailments, and other occurrences involving railroad passenger equipment that cause injury or death to railroad employees, railroad passengers, or the general public and to mitigate the consequences of such occurrences to the extent they cannot be prevented.

Form Number(s): N/A.

Affected Public: Railroads/businesses.

Respondent Universe: 30 railroads.

Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responseTotal annual burden hours
238.112—Door Emergency Egress and Rescue Access Systems—markings, signage, instructions30 railroads45,804 markings/signs/instructions15 minutes11,451
—Passenger car exterior doors intended for emergency access by responders marked with retro-reflective material and instructions provided for their use30 railroads30,536 exterior door markings15 minutes7,634
—Markings and instructions—interior door panels/windows30 railroads1,340 marked panels/windows15 minutes335
—Testing of car door removable panels, removable windows, manual override devices, & door retention mechanisms as part of periodic mechanical inspection—Record30 railroads17 tested cars/records90 minutes26
238.113—Emergency Window Exits—markings/and instructions30 railroads662 window markings60 min./90 min./120 minutes964
—Periodic testing of representative sample of car emergency exit windows as part of periodic mechanical inspection—Record30 railroads17 tested cars/records30 minutes9
238.114—Rescue Access Windows—Markings with retro-reflective material on each exterior car30 railroads1,092 access window markings45 minutes819
238.121—Emergency Communication—Marking of each intercom intended for passenger use on new Tier I & Tier II passenger cars30 railroads116 marked intercom locations (58 new cars with two locations per car)5 minutes10
238.303—Exterior calendar day mechanical inspection of passenger equipment: Replacement of missing, illegible, or inconspicuous markings, signage, & instructions30 railroads150 replacement required markings20 minutes50
—Record of noncomplying marking, signage, or instruction30 railroads150 noncompliance records2 minutes5
238.305—Interior calendar day mechanical inspection of passenger cars: Written notification to train crew of noncomplying condition and posting notice on door of defective condition30 railroads260 notifications + 260 notices1 minute9
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—Written notification to train crew of car with non-functioning PA or intercom system30 railroads300 written notifications1 minute5
—Record of noncomplying condition30 railroads300 records2 minutes10
—Railroad written procedures for mitigating hazards of noncomplying condition30 railroads30 written procedures40 hours1,200
—Written notification to train crew of noncomplying condition30 railroads458 written notifications2 minutes15
238.307—Records of inspection, testing, and maintenance of passenger car emergency window exits30 railroads7,634 inspection and testing records5 minutes636
—Replacement of missing, illegible, or inconspicuous emergency roof access markings/instructions on cars30 railroads32 required markings20 minutes11
238.311—Single Car Test: Railroad copy of APTA Standard (SS-M-005-98) for railroad head trainer30 railroads30 APTA copies15 minutes8
—Other railroad copies of APTA Standard30 railroads360 copies (12 copies per railroad)2 minutes12

Total Responses: 89,780.

Estimated Annual Burden: 23,325 hours.

Status: Extension of a Currently Approved Collection.

Under 44 U.S.C. 3507(a) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b), 1320.8(b)(3)(vi), FRA informs all interested parties 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 October 21, 2016.

Patrick Warren,

Acting Executive Director.

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[FR Doc. 2016-25893 Filed 10-25-16; 8:45 am]