[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 81 (Wednesday, April 27, 2011)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-10210]

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Federal Transit Administration

Solicitation of Nominations for Members of the Transit Rail 
Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice to solicit nominees.


SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is seeking nominees 
to serve on TRACS. The Advisory Committee meets twice a year to advise 
FTA on transit safety issues. On February 1, 2010, FTA issued an 
initial notice (75 FR 5172) soliciting nominations to serve on TRACS. 
From that solicitation, 21 members were chosen, each representing a 
broad base of expertise relating to rail transit safety. The FTA 
Administrator (Administrator) has since determined that he would like 
to seek additional members to serve on TRACS. Specifically, the 
Administrator would like to augment the TRACS' existing knowledge base 
with professionals who have done academic research in the safety field.

DATES: Applications must be submitted no later than May 27, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bruce Walker, Acting Designated 
Federal Officer, Office of Safety and Security, Federal Transit 
Administration, 202-366-0235 or Bruce.Walker@dot.gov. Applications 
should be submitted to TRACS@dot.gov or mailed to the Federal Transit 
Administration, Office of Safety and Security, Room E46-338, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.


I. Background

    The Secretary of Transportation established TRACS for the purpose 
of providing a forum for the development, consideration, and 
communication of information from knowledgeable and independent 
perspectives regarding transit rail safety. Currently, the TRACS 
committee consists of members representing key constituencies affected 
by rail transit safety requirement, including rail safety experts, 
labor unions, transit agencies, and State safety oversight agencies. 
The FTA Administrator is now seeking to increase the representation 
from members of the academic community. Qualified individuals 
interested in serving on this committee are invited to apply to FTA for 
appointment. The nominees should be knowledgeable of the rail transit 
industry and shall have conducted research on the emerging trends or 
issues related to rail transit safety. The nominees will be evaluated 
mainly on academic experience but also the following factors: 
Leadership and organizational skills, region of country represented, 
and diversity characteristics. Each nomination should include: Proposed 
committee member's name and organizational affiliation, a cover letter 
describing the nominee's qualifications or interest in serving on the 
committee, a curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee's 
qualifications. Self-nominations are acceptable and each submission 
should include the following contact information: Nominee's name, 
address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address. FTA prefers 
electronic submissions for all applications to TRACS@dot.gov. 
Applications will also be accepted via U.S. mail at the address 
identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this 
notice. All applications must be submitted by May 27, 2011.
    The TRACS meets approximately twice a year, usually in Washington, 
DC, but may meet more frequently or via conference call if the need 
arises. Members serve at their own expense and receive no salary from 
the Federal Government. FTA retains authority to review the 
participation of any TRACS member and to recommend changes at any time. 
TRACS meetings will be open to the public and one need not be a member 
of TRACS to attend. Interested parties may view the charter at 
TRACS@dot.gov. The Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with 
the FTA Administrator will be making the final selections.

Therese McMillan,
Deputy Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2011-10210 Filed 4-22-11; 4:15 pm]