Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), a Class 1 Railroad, petitioned FRA for a waiver of compliance from certain provisions prescribed by 49 CFR 214.335
49 CFR 214.7
Amtrak states that the current definition of fouling a track prevents the timely removal of snow from the last 3 feet of station platforms adjacent to the track and it discourages the removal of snow in an area where snow removal is critical for passenger safety.
This waiver request is submitted for the removal of snow on platforms exclusively on passenger station platforms outside of the Northeast Corridor. The method proposed would use train conductors to coordinate railroad employees or contractors to remove snow at the platforms after they have received documented training on the process which includes:
1. Job briefings to discuss work to be done.
2. Not crossing the yellow tactile strip.
3. Directions on which tools to use.
4. Not working while trains are moving.
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.
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In accordance with Part 211 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), notice is hereby given that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has received a request for a waiver of compliance from certain requirements of its safety standards. The individual petition is described below, including the party seeking relief, the regulatory provisions involved, the nature of the relief being requested, and the petitioner's arguments in favor of relief.