2019-21814. Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request  

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    AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Notice of information collection; request for comment.

    SUMMARY:

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) and its Start Printed Page 53557implementing regulations, FRA seeks approval of the Information Collection Requests (ICRs) abstracted below. Before submitting these ICRs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified below.

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 6, 2019.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit written comments on the ICRs activities by mail to either: Ms. Hodan Wells, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Railroad Safety, Regulatory Analysis Division, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; or Ms. Kim Toone, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Information Technology, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 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-XXXX,” (the relevant OMB control number for each ICR is listed below) and should also include the title of the ICR. Alternatively, comments may be faxed to 202-493-6216 or 202-493-6497, or emailed to Ms. Wells at hodan.wells@dot.gov, or Ms. Toone at kim.toone@dot.gov. 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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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Hodan Wells, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Railroad Safety, Regulatory Analysis Division, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-0440) or Ms. Kim Toone, Information Collection Clearance Officer, Office of Information Technology, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590 (telephone: (202) 493-6132).

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    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 of the activities. See 44 U.S.C. 3506, 3507; 5 CFR 1320.8 through 1320.12. Specifically, FRA invites interested parties to comment on the following ICRs 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, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. See 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A); 5 CFR 1320.8(d)(1).

    FRA believes that soliciting public comment may 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) organize 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.

    The summaries below describe the ICRs that FRA will submit for OMB clearance as the PRA requires:

    Title: Remotely Controlled Switch Operations.

    OMB Control Number: 2130-0516.

    Abstract: Sections 49 CFR 218.30 and 218.77 require remotely controlled switches be properly lined to protect workers who are vulnerable to being struck by moving cars as they inspect or service rolling equipment on track or occupy camp cars. Creating required notifications promotes safety by minimizing the mental lapses of workers who are simultaneously handling several tasks. These sections require the operator of remotely controlled switches to maintain a record of each blue signal protection request for 15 days. Operators of remotely controlled switches use the information as a record documenting blue signal protection of workers or camp cars.

    This record also serves as a valuable resource for railroad supervisors and FRA and State inspectors monitoring regulatory compliance.

    Type of Request: Extension with change (revised estimates) of a currently approved collection.

    Affected Public: Businesses.

    Form(s): N/A.

    Respondent Universe: 53 railroads.

    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

    Reporting Burden:

    CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responses (minutes)Total annual burden hoursTotal cost equivalent 1
    218.30(c)—Remotely controlled switches- notification recordkeeping requirement (Blue Signal Protection of Workers)53 railroads1,934,500 notifications45 seconds24,181$1,378,317
    218.77(c)—Remotely controlled switches- notification recordkeeping requirement (Protection of Occupied Camp Cars)1 railroad150 notifications45 seconds2$114
    Total53 railroads1,934,650 responsesN/A24,183$1,378,431
    1 Throughout the tables in this document, the dollar equivalent cost is derived from the Surface Transportation Board's Full Year Wage A&B data series using the appropriate employee group hourly wage rate that includes 75-percent overhead charges.

    Total Estimated Annual Responses: 1,934,650.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 24,183 hours.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour Dollar Cost Equivalent: $1,378,431.

    Title: Bad Order, Home Shop Card, and Stenciling Reporting Mark.

    OMB Control Number: 2130-0519.

    Abstract: Under 49 CFR part 215, railroads are required to inspect freight cars placed in service and take remedial action when defects are identified. A railroad freight car with a part 215 defect may be moved to another location for repair only after the railroad has complied with the process under 49 CFR 215.9. Section 215.9 requires Start Printed Page 53558railroads to affix a “bad order” tag describing each defect to each side of the freight car. It is imperative that a defective freight car be tagged “bad order” so it can be readily identified and moved to another location for repair purposes only, and so that the maximum speed and other restrictions necessary for safely conducting the movement are known. At the repair location, the “bad order” tag serves as a notification of the defective condition of the freight car. Railroads must retain each tag for 90 days to verify that proper repairs were made at the designated location. When inspecting a freight car, FRA and State inspectors review all pertinent records to determine railroads' compliance with the movement restrictions of 49 CFR 215.9.

    Additionally, section 215.301 requires railroads and private car owners to stencil or otherwise display identification marks on freight cars. FRA uses the identification marks to determine the railroads affected, the number and type of cars involved, the commodities being carried, and the territorial and speed limits within which the cars will be operated. FRA reviews this information to determine if the freight car is safe to operate and if the operation qualifies for dedicated service and is excluded from the requirements of part 215. Railroads use the required information to provide identification and control so that dedicated cars remain in the prescribed service.

    Type of Request: Extension with change (revised estimates) of a currently approved collection.

    Affected Public: Businesses (railroads).

    Form(s): N/A.

    Respondent Universe: 752 railroads.

    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

    Reporting Burden:

    CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responses (minutes)Total annual burden hoursTotal cost equivalent
    215.9(a)—Movement of Defective Cars for Repair—Tagging752 railroads150,000 tags512,500$715,000
    215.9(b)—Notifications of Removal of Defective Car Tags752 railroads75,000 notifications22,500143,000
    215.11(c)—Designated Inspectors—Records752 railroads45,000 records175042,900
    215.301—Stenciling—General752 railroads30,000 repainted/stenciled4522,5001,287,000
    Total752 railroads300,000 responsesN/A38,25002,187,900

    Total Estimated Annual Responses: 300,000.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 38,250 hours.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour Dollar Cost Equivalent: $2,187,900.

    Title: Bridge Worker Safety Rules.

    OMB Control Number: 2130-0535.

    Abstract: Subpart B of 49 CFR part 214 establishes minimum workplace safety standards for railroad employees as they apply to railroad bridges. Specifically, 49 CFR 214.105(c) establishes standards and practices for safety net systems. Safety nets and net installations must be drop-tested at the job site after initial installation and before being used as a fall-protection system, after major repairs, and at 6-month intervals if left at one site. If a drop-test is not feasible and is not performed, then the railroad or railroad contractor, or a designated certified person, must provide written certification the net complies with the safety standards of 49 CFR 214.105. FRA and State inspectors use the information to enforce Federal regulations. The information maintained at the job site promotes safe bridge worker practices.

    Type of Request: Extension with change (revised estimates) of a currently approved collection.

    Affected Public: Businesses (railroads).

    Form(s): N/A.

    Respondent Universe: 746 railroads.

    Frequency of Submission: On occasion.

    Reporting Burden:

    CFR SectionRespondent universeTotal annual responsesAverage time per responses (minutes)Total annual burden hoursTotal cost equivalent
    214.105(c)(4)— Fall protection systems standards and practices- Safety net systems certification records746 railroads3 written certification records5.25 (15 minutes)$19

    Total Estimated Annual Responses: 3.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden: 15 minutes.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hour Dollar Cost Equivalent: $19.

    Under 44 U.S.C. 3507(a) and 5 CFR 1320.5(b) and 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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    Brett A. Jortland,

    Acting Chief Counsel.

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    [FR Doc. 2019-21814 Filed 10-4-19; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
10/07/2019
Department:
Transportation Department
Agency:
Federal Railroad Administration
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice of information collection; request for comment.
Document Number:
2019-21814
Dates:
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 6, 2019.
Pages:
53556-53558 (3 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. FRA-2019-0004-N-16
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-21814.pdf