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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 November 2, 2016, Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) has petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR part 236. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA-2016-0108. UP seeks a waiver from compliance with cab signal system requirements found in 49 CFR 236.566Locomotive of each train operating in train stop, train control, or cab signal territory; equipped. Specifically, UP seeks relief to operate Positive Train Control (PTC) equipped controlling locomotives with the automatic cab signals (ACS) cut-out.

The relief would be within a PTC revenue service demonstration (RSD) area on UP's Portland Subdivision, on which a PTC system is installed and operative; the PTC system is successfully initialized; and a locomotive engineer trained and qualified in the operation of PTC is present for the operation of the train with the ACS cut-out.

Locations of requested relief on the Portland Subdivision are:

1. Between Milepost (MP) 81.6 and MP 15.6 for westward moves.

2. Between MP 15.6 and MP 81.6 for eastward moves.

3. Between MP 0.6 and MP 15.6 on the Graham Line.

The PTC system to be utilized is UP's implementation of the Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (I-ETMS).

If the PTC system fails and/or is cut-out enroute as a result of same, the train crew will cut-in the ACS onboard system, perform a departure test, and, if successful, continue the trip through the project limits under ACS operation. If the ACS onboard system cut-in and/or departure test are not completed successfully, the train will continue to operate under the provisions of 49 CFR 236.567, restrictions imposed when device fails and/or is cut out en route.

UP notes that the ACS and PTC systems are not integrated on the locomotive and their concurrent use would potentially be confusing and distracting to the train crew, due to differences in the content of their displays, audible and visual alerts provided, and required acknowledgement protocols.

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 Department of Transportation's 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 January 18, 2017 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 Start Printed Page 91998name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the document, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at​privacy. See also​privacyNotice for the privacy notice of

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Robert C. Lauby,

Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2016-30444 Filed 12-16-16; 8:45 am]