[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 38 (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)]
[Page 13156]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04378]



Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2008-0010]

Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal 
Regulations, this document provides the public notice that by a 
document dated January 18, 2013, the Northwestern Pacific Railroad 
Company (NWP), the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, and the 
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (Petitioners) have jointly 
petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for an exception 
to a condition in a previously granted application for an approval of 
the discontinuance and removal of NWP's interlocking signal system on 
three drawbridges--including the Brazos Drawbridge--in Docket Number 
FRA-2008-0010. By letter dated April 3, 2009, FRA had approved NWP's 
block signal application subject to certain conditions, including the 
condition that the approval was for freight movements only and should 
be revisited prior to any passenger operations over the three 
    Petitioners request this exception for a one-time, one-day, 
roundtrip, chartered passenger train movement on June 23, 2013, over 
the Brazos Drawbridge. The charter train will operate from Sacramento 
to the Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, CA, and then back to Sacramento.
    Petitioners have agreed to a service operating plan for this 
charter train movement that includes the safety of train operations, 
equipment, passenger boarding/alighting, staffing, access/egress 
considerations, dispatching, and all relevant safety precautions that 
have been established for freight train movements. NWP's general 
manager will be responsible for the charter train's operations over NWP 
track between Brazos Junction and the Sears Point Raceway, including 
across the Brazos Drawbridge.
    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 Ave. 
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 
    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 April 12, 2013 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 document, 
if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). 
See http://www.regulations.gov/#!privacyNotice for the privacy notice 
of regulations.gov or interested parties may review DOT's complete 
Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 
2000 (65 FR 19477).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2013.
Robert C. Lauby,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Regulatory and Legislative 
[FR Doc. 2013-04378 Filed 2-25-13; 8:45 am]