[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 31 (Thursday, February 14, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 10581-10582]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03380]


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ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD

36 CFR Part 1192

RIN 3014-AA42


Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION: Notice of intent to establish advisory committee.

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SUMMARY: We, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance 
Board (Access Board), plan to revise and update our accessibility 
guidelines issued pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act for 
transportation vehicles that operate on fixed guideway systems (e.g., 
rapid rail, light rail, commuter rail, and intercity rail). We are 
establishing a Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee (Committee) to 
make recommendations for revisions and updates to the accessibility 
guidelines. We request applications from interested organizations for 
representatives to serve on the Committee.

DATES: Submit applications by April 1, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit applications by any of the following methods:
     Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier: Paul Beatty, Access Board, 
1331 F Street NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111.
     Fax: 202-272-0081.
     Email: board.gov">rvaac@access-board.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Beatty, Access Board, 1331 F 
Street NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111. Telephone: (202) 
272-0012 (Voice) or (202) 272-0072 (TTY). Email address: board.gov">rvaac@access-board.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In this notice, ``we,'' ``us'' and ``our'' 
refer to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 
(Access Board).
    The Americans with Disabilities Act requires us to issue guidelines 
to ensure that transportation vehicles covered by the statute are 
accessible to individuals with disabilities. 42 U.S.C. 12204. Our 
accessibility guidelines for transportation vehicles form the basis for 
legally enforceable accessibility standards issued by the U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT). Our accessibility guidelines for 
transportation vehicles are codified at 36 CFR part 1192; the DOT 
accessibility standards for transportation vehicles are codified at 49 
CFR part 38.
    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in 2010 to revise 
and update our accessibility guidelines for buses, over-the-road buses, 
and vans. 75 FR 43748 (July 26, 2010). The NPRM noted that we would 
revise and update our accessibility guidelines for transportation 
vehicles that operate on fixed guideway systems (e.g., rapid rail, 
light rail, commuter rail, and intercity rail) at a future date. To 
begin the process of revising and updating our accessibility guidelines 
for transportation vehicles that operate on fixed guideway systems, we 
are establishing a Rail Vehicles Access Advisory Committee (Committee) 
to make recommendations for revisions and updates to the guidelines. We 
request applications from representatives of the following interests 
for membership on the Committee:
     Manufacturers of transportation vehicles that operate on 
fixed guideway systems;
     Transportation providers that operate fixed guideway 
systems;
     Organizations representing individuals with disabilities; 
and
     Other entities whose interests may be affected by the 
accessibility guidelines.
    Federal agencies may serve as ex-officio members on the advisory 
committee.
    The number of Committee members will be limited so that the 
Committee's

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work can be accomplished effectively. The Committee will be balanced in 
terms of interests represented. We encourage organizations with similar 
interests to submit a single application to represent their interests. 
Although the Committee will be limited in size, there will be 
opportunities for the public to present information to the Committee 
and to comment at each Committee meeting. Federally registered 
lobbyists may not be appointed to the Committee pursuant to 
Presidential Memorandum dated June 18, 2010, entitled ``Lobbyists on 
Agency Boards and Commissions'' (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-memorandum-lobbyists-agency-boards-and-commissions).
    Applications should be sent to our office at the address listed at 
the beginning of this notice. There is no specific application form. 
The application should include the following information:
     Name of the organization;
     Interests represented by the organization;
     Person who will represent the organization and an 
alternate, and the title, address, telephone number, and email address 
for the representative and alternate;
     Description of the representative's qualifications, 
including engineering, technical, and design expertise and knowledge of 
making fixed guideway systems accessible to individuals with 
disabilities; and
     Certification that the representative and alternate are 
not federally registered lobbyists.
    Committee members will not be compensated for their service. We may 
pay travel expenses for a limited number of persons who would otherwise 
be unable to participate on the Committee. Committee members will serve 
as representatives of their organizations, not as individuals. 
Committee members will not be considered special government employees 
and will not be required to file confidential financial disclosure 
reports.
    After the applications have been reviewed, we will publish a notice 
in the Federal Register announcing the appointment of Committee members 
and the first meeting of the Committee. The Committee will operate in 
accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app 2. All 
Committee meetings are expected to be held at our office in Washington, 
DC. Committee meetings will be open to the public. A notice of each 
Committee meeting will be published in the Federal Register at least 15 
days in advance of the meeting. Records will be kept of each Committee 
meeting and made available for public inspection.

David M. Capozzi,
Executive Director.
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