[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 13, 2018)]
[Pages 6307-6308]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02867]



Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2017-0118]

Petition for Waiver of Compliance

    Under part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this 
provides the public notice that on November 7, 2017, Denver's Regional 
Transportation District (RTDC) petitioned the Federal Railroad 
Administration (FRA) for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions 
of the Federal railroad safety regulations contained at 49 CFR 236. FRA 
assigned the petition Docket Number FRA-2017-0118.
    In accordance with 49 CFR 236.588, RTDC is requesting approval to 
perform periodic testing of the Automatic Train Control system (ATC) at 
an interval of 92 days for the RTDC fleet of electric multiple unit 
equipment (EMUs), numbered RTDC 4001 through RTDC 4066. Currently RTDC 
is performing ATC periodic testing at an interval of 60 days as 
required by 49 CFR 236.588. In support of this request, RTDC states 
that the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Siemens Rail Automation 
(formerly PHW, Inc.) has developed the maintenance and testing program 
for these vehicles based on a 92-day interval. RTDC has included 
relevant portions of this program with its petition. RTDC further 
states that to date, there have been no issues with the ATC system 
found during periodic testing that would be impacted by increasing the 
testing interval to 92 days. RTDC adds that granting the

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requested approval would not result in an additional costs and would 
allow RTDC to improve efficiency and resource allocation while 
complying with the OEM's maintenance requirements.
    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 parties 
desire an opportunity for oral comment and a public hearing, 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 
     Website: 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 March 30, 2018 will be considered by FRA 
before final action is taken. Comments received after that date will be 
considered if practicable.
    Anyone can 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.). 
Under 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better 
inform its processes. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including 
any personal information the commenter provides, to 
www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/
ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at https://www.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice for the 
privacy notice of regulations.gov.

    Issued in Washington, DC.
Robert C. Lauby,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2018-02867 Filed 2-12-18; 8:45 am]