[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 122 (Tuesday, June 25, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38094-38095]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-15140]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2013-0017]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments 
for a New Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to 
request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a 
new information collection, which is summarized below under 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We are required to publish this notice in 
the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by August 26, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID 2013-
0017 by any of the following methods:
    Web site: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    Hand Delivery or Courier: U.S. Department of Transportation, West 
Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Kearney, 518-431-8890, Office of 
Freight Management & Operations (HOFM-1), Office of Operations, Federal 
Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Leo O'Brien 
Federal Building, Room 715, Albany, NY 12207. Office hours are from 
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: USDOT Survey and Comparative Assessment of Truck Parking 
Facilities.
    Background: US Department of Transportation (USDOT) is directed to 
complete a survey and comparative assessment of truck parking 
facilities in each State as required by Section 1401(c) of Moving Ahead 
for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). MAP-21 Section 1401(c) 
requires the conduct of a survey in order to evaluate the capability of 
the States to provide adequate parking and rest facilities for 
commercial motor vehicles engaged in interstate transportation. Other 
work activities required under this section of MAP-21 are: An 
assessment of the volume of commercial motor vehicle traffic in each 
State and the development of a system of metrics designed to measure 
the adequacy of commercial motor vehicle truck parking facilities in 
each state. The results of this survey shall be made available on a 
publicly accessible Department of Transportation Web site.
    Respondents: State Transportation and Enforcement Officials, 
Private Sector Facility Owners/Operators, Trucking Company owners or 
their designee, and Truck Drivers. The target groups of respondents are 
individuals who are responsible for providing or overseeing the 
operation of truck parking facilities and stakeholders that depend on 
such facilities to safely conduct their business. The target group 
identified in the legislation is ``state commercial vehicle safety 
personnel''; the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has interpreted 
this term to include the Department of Transportation personnel in each 
State involved in commercial vehicle safety program activities and 
State enforcement agency personnel directly involved in enforcing 
highway safety laws and regulations and in highway incident and 
accident response. In addition, FHWA finds that the survey on the 
adequacy of truck parking opportunities is not limited to publicly 
owned facilities; input from private sector facility owners/operators 
must be obtained to adequately complete the required work provided in 
the federal legislation. FHWA also finds that input obtained from 
trucking company representatives (owners or their designees, especially 
those in logistics or who schedule drivers) and truck drivers, key 
stakeholders for truck parking facilities who are most likely to know 
where truck parking is needed, will be necessary to complete the survey 
requirements.
    In addition to the survey instrument, FHWA intends to convene 
expert focus groups representing the stakeholder organizations listed 
above, as well as address this topic at existing meetings of the 
stakeholders as necessary and feasible to gather input in the delivery 
and content of the survey instrument and the assessment tool newly 
required in the law, as well as the system of metrics designed to 
measure truck

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parking adequacy. It is estimated that the focus groups would comprise 
no more than three groups of 20 stakeholder participants for a total of 
three meetings--one meeting per group.
    Types of Survey Questions: FHWA intends to survey Department of 
Transportation personnel in each State on the location, number of 
spaces, availability and demand for truck parking in their State, 
including at rest facilities, as well as any impediments to providing 
adequate truck parking capacity (including but not limited to 
legislative, regulatory, or financial issues; zoning; public and 
private impacts, approval, and participation; availability of land; 
insurance requirements and other issues). FHWA intends to survey 
private truck stop operators in each State on the location, number of 
truck parking spaces, availability and demand they observe at their 
facilities. FHWA intends to survey public safety officials in each 
State on their records and observations of truck parking use and 
patterns, including the location and frequency of trucks parked 
adjacent to roadways and on exit and entrance ramps to roadway 
facilities. FHWA intends to survey trucking companies and truck drivers 
regarding the location and frequency of insufficient truck parking and 
capacity at rest facilities, future truck parking needs and locations, 
availability of information on truck parking capacity, and other 
impediments to identification, access and use of truck parking. Other 
questions may be included as needed as a result of input from the focus 
groups, stakeholder outreach or at FHWA's discretion, or as follow-up 
to the survey.

Estimate

    State Departments of Transportation = 50 (4 hours each) + [up to 15 
individuals x up to 5 hours of meeting and travel] = up to 275 hours;
    State Enforcement Personnel = 50 (1 hour each) + [up to 15 
individuals x up to 5 hours of meeting and travel] = up to 125 hours;
    Private Facility Owners/Operators = 229 (1 hour each) + [up to 15 
individuals x up to 5 hours of meeting and travel] = up to 304 hours, 
and
    Trucking Company Representatives and Drivers = 150 (1 hour each) + 
[up to 15 individuals x up to 5 hours of meeting and travel] = up to 
225 hours;
    Total number of respondents = 479 for the survey, and up to an 
additional 60 for focus groups (there is potential for overlap of 
individuals responding to the survey and participating on a voluntary 
basis in the focus group).
    Total burden hours = at least 629 hours and no more than 929 hours 
(as allocated above).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: This survey will be updated 
periodically; the estimated total burden for each survey cycle for all 
respondents is no less than 629 hours.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection is necessary for the FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of 
the estimated burdens; (3) ways for the FHWA to enhance the quality, 
usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that 
the burden could be minimized, including the use of electronic 
technology, without reducing the quality of the collected information. 
The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request 
for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued on: June 20, 2013.
Michael Howell,
Information Collection Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-15140 Filed 6-24-13; 8:45 am]
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