Federal Register: July 23, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 141)
DOCID: FR Doc 04-16843
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Transit Administration
Docket ID: [FTA Docket No. FTA-2004-18671]
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of request for comments.
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
DATES: Comments must be submitted before September 21, 2004.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the following currently approved information collection: Charter Service Operations.
Agency information collection activities; proposals, submissions, and approvals,
Interested parties are invited to send comments regarding any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) The necessity and utility of the information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the FTA; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways to minimize the collection burden without reducing the quality of the collected information. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection.
Title: Charter Service Operations (OMB Number: 21320543).
Background: All applicants for financial assistance from FTA are
required by 49 U.S.C. Section 5323(d) to enter into a charter bus
agreement with the Secretary of Transportation (delegated to the
Administrator of FTA in 49 CFR Section 1.51(a)). This statute provides
protections for private intercity charter bus operators from unfair
competition by FTA recipients. The Comptroller General interpreted the
statutory definition of ``mass transportation'' [49 U.S.C. Section
5302(a)(7)] to permit FTA recipients to provide charter bus service with FTAfunded facilities and equipment if the service is
``incidental'' to the provision of mass transportation service. The Comptroller General's interpretation regarding ``incidental use'' is implemented in FTA's charter service regulation, 49 CFR Part 604.
All applicants for financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. Sections 5309, 5336, or 5311 are required by 49 CFR Section 604.7 to include two copies of a charter bus agreement with the first grant application submitted after the effective date of the rule. The applicant signs the agreement, but FTA executes it only upon approval of the application. This is a onetime submission with incorporation by reference in subsequent grant applications. If a recipient desires to provide charter service, 49 CFR Section 604.11 requires recipients to provide notice to all private charter operators to submit written evidence demonstrating that they are willing and able to provide the charter service the recipient is proposing to provide. The notice must be published annually in a newspaper and sent to all private charter operators in the proposed geographic area, to any private charter operator that requests notice, and to the United Bus Owners of America and the American Bus Association, the two trade associations to which most private charter operators belong. Recipients are required by 49 CFR Section 604.13 to review the evidence submitted.
Respondents: State and local government, business or other for profit institutions, and nonprofit institutions.
Estimated Annual Burden on Respondents: 1.2 hours for each of the 1,656 respondents.
Estimated Total Annual Burden: 1,984 hours.
Issued: July 19, 2004.
Ann M. Linnertz,
Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Ms. Elizabeth Martineau, Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 3661936.