Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

Cited as:85 FR 41272
Court:Federal Transit Administration, Transportation Department
Publication Date:09 Jul 2020
Record Number:2020-14745
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 132 (Thursday, July 9, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 132 (Thursday, July 9, 2020)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 41272-41273]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2020-14745]
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                DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                Federal Transit Administration
                [FTA Docket No. FTA 2020-0006]
                Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review
                AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.
                ACTION: Notice of request for comments.
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                SUMMARY: 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 approve
                the extension of a currently approved information collection:
                Charter Service Operations
                DATES: Comments must be submitted before September 8, 2020.
                ADDRESSES: To ensure that your comments are not entered more than once
                into the docket, submit comments identified by the docket number by
                only one of the following methods:
                 1. Website: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for
                submitting comments on the U.S. Government electronic docket site.
                (Note: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) electronic
                docket is no longer accepting electronic comments.) All electronic
                submissions must be made to the U.S. Government electronic docket site
                at www.regulations.gov. Commenters should follow the directions below
                for mailed and hand-delivered comments.
                 2. Fax: 202-366-7951.
                 3. Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue
                SE, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140,
                Washington, DC 20590-0001.
                 4. Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New
                Jersey Avenue SE, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, Ground Floor,
                Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00
                p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
                 Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket number
                for this notice at the beginning of your comments. Submit two copies of
                your comments if you submit them by mail. For confirmation that FTA has
                received your comments, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Note
                that all comments received, including any personal information, will be
                posted and will be available to internet users, without change, to
                www.regulations.gov. You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act
                Statement in the Federal Register published April 11, 2000, (65 FR
                19477), or you may visit www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the
                docket to read background documents and comments received, go to
                www.regulations.gov at any time. Background documents and comments
                received may also be viewed at the U.S. Department of Transportation,
                1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building,
                Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001 between 9:00 a.m.
                and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Micah M. Miller (404) 865-5474 or
                email: [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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: 2132-0543)
                 Background: FTA recipients may only provide charter bus service
                with FTA-funded facilities and equipment if the charter service is
                incidental to the provision of transit service (49 U.S.C. 5323(d)).
                This restriction protects charter service providers from unauthorized
                competition by FTA recipients.
                 The requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5323(d) are implemented in FTA's
                charter regulation (Charter Service Rule) at 49 CFR part 604. Amended
                in 2008, the Charter Service Rule now contains five (5) provisions that
                impose information collection requirements on FTA recipients of
                financial assistance from FTA under Federal Transit Law.
                 First, 49 CFR 604.4 requires all applicants for Federal financial
                assistance under Federal Transit Law, unless otherwise exempted under
                49 CFR 604.2, to enter into a ``Charter Service Agreement,'' contained
                in the Certifications and Assurances for FTA Assistance Programs. The
                Certifications and Assurances become a part of the Grant Agreement or
                Cooperative Agreement for Federal financial assistance upon receipt of
                Federal funds. The rule requires each applicant to submit one Charter
                Service Agreement for each year that the applicant intends to apply for
                the Federal financial assistance specified above.
                 Second, 49 CFR 604.14(3) requires a recipient of Federal funds
                under Federal Transit Law, unless otherwise exempt, to provide email
                notification to all registered charter providers in the recipient's
                geographic service area each
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                time the recipient receives a request for charter service that the
                recipient is interested in providing.
                 Third, 49 CFR 604.12(c) requires a recipient, unless otherwise
                exempt under 49 CFR part 604.2, to submit on a quarterly basis records
                of all instances that the recipient provided charter service.
                 Fourth, 49 CFR 604.13 requires a private charter provider to
                register on FTA's Charter Registration website at http://ftawebprod.fta.dot.gov/CharterRegistration/ in order to qualify as a
                registered charter service provider and receive email notifications by
                recipients that are interested in providing a requested charter
                service. The rule requires that a registered charter service provider
                must update its information on the Charter Registration website at
                least once every two years. Currently, there are a total of 287
                registered private charter service providers. Registration has
                consistently decreased over the years.
                 Lastly, 49 CFR 604.7 permits recipients to provide charter service
                to Qualified Human Service Organizations (QHSO) under limited
                circumstances. QHSOs that do not receive Federal funding under programs
                listed in Appendix A to Part 604 and seek to receive free or reduced
                rate services from recipients must register on FTA's Charter
                Registration website (49 CFR 604.15(a)).
                 Respondents: State and local government, business or other for-
                profit institutions, and non-profit institutions.
                 Estimated Total Annual Respondents: 2,180.
                 Estimated Annual Burden on Respondents: 403.3 hours (0.05 hours for
                each of the 1,676 Recipient respondents under 49 CFR 604.4. 1.25 hours
                for each of the 90 Recipient respondents under 49 CFR 604.12, 0.50
                hours for each of the 90 Recipient respondents under 49 CFR 604.14.
                0.50 hours for each of the 37 non-profit respondents, and 0.50 hours
                for each of the estimated 287 for-profit respondents.
                 Frequency: Annually, bi-annually, quarterly, and as required.
                Nadine Pembleton,
                Director Office of Management Planning.
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