[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Page 68883]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27852]



Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2012-0067]

Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations 
(CFR), this document provides the public notice that by a document 
dated July 25, 2012, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (PCJPB 
or Caltrain) 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 215. FRA assigned 
the petition Docket Number FRA-2012-0067.
    Caltrain seeks a waiver of compliance from the Railroad Freight Car 
Safety Standards contained in 49 CFR 215.303-Stenciling of restricted 
cars, which requires stenciling on restricted freight cars with a 
clearly legible letter ``R'' followed by the basis of the restriction. 
This request is made for two flat-straight deck cars (Car Numbers JPBX 
711 and JPBX 712). Caltrain also requested a Special Approval to 
continue in service the same cars in accordance with 49 CFR 215.203(c)-
Restricted cars. The ages of these cars are more than 50 years from 
their original construction dates, and therefore, they are restricted 
per 49 CFR 215.203(a), unless Caltrain receives a Special Approval from 
    Caltrain states that the purpose of this petition is to allow 
Caltrain to operate the subject cars for transportation of decorations 
during the annual Holiday Trains, which is a successful community 
supported event. Caltrain stated that the principal business owner of 
these two cars is PCJPB and the operator and maintainer is 
TransitAmerica Services, Inc. Each car has been inspected and 
determined to be safe for continued operation. These two cars were 
built on August 1, 1953. The maximum speed is 50 mph. The territorial 
limits are Caltrain Main Track 1 and 2 between 
Milepost 0 and Milepost 52, as well as Caltrain yard tracks. These two 
cars will not be interchanged.
    A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications 
concerning the petition, is available for review online at 
www.regulations.gov and in person at the U.S. Department of 
Transportation's (DOT) 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 
     Web site: http://www.regulations.gov. 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 
     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 December 31, 2012 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 
name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, 
if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 
19477-78), or online at http://www.dot.gov/privacy.html.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on November 8, 2012.
Brenda Moscoso,
Director, Office of Safety Analysis.
[FR Doc. 2012-27852 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]