Petition for Waiver of Compliance

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 7 (Friday, January 10, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 7 (Friday, January 10, 2020)]
[Pages 1371-1372]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2020-00231]
Federal Railroad Administration
[Docket Number FRA-2019-0096]
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
    Under part 211 of title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), this
document provides the public notice that on October 30, 2019, the
National Railroad Passenger Corporation
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(Amtrak) petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for a
waiver of compliance from certain provisions of the Federal railroad
safety regulations contained at 49 CFR part 238. FRA assigned the
petition Docket Number FRA-2019-0096.
    Specifically, Amtrak has petitioned FRA for a waiver from the
requirements of 49 CFR 238.111(a), pre-revenue service acceptance
testing, for Siemens Charger locomotives, ALC-42 variants included, to
operate across the entirety of Amtrak's operating network. Following
FRA's correspondence to Amtrak dated May 16, 2019, Amtrak began to
perform a select number of SC-44 Charger performance tests on several
long-distance network routes. Results have been generally positive thus
far with a low number of correctional recommendations sent back to the
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Amtrak intends to perform
additional SC-44 testing in 2020 to further validate the Charger
platform in a long-distance environment prior to receiving ALC-42
    Since the receipt of FRA's May 16, 2019 correspondence, Amtrak has
also provided to FRA the entirety of the design documentation received
to date from Siemens for the ALC-42 procurement. Most of these ALC-42
preliminary design review documents are the SC-44 final design
documents. These include designs of the suspension system, wheel
profile, crash energy management, fuel tank, and other car body
drawings. Further, no changes to the dimensions or car body profile of
the locomotive will vary between the ALC-42 or the SC-44. The ALC-42
will have a minimal ( 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 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: Follow the online
instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Room W12-140,
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,
except Federal Holidays.
    Communications received by February 24, 2020 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, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/
ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at See also for the
privacy notice of
    Issued in Washington, DC.
John Karl Alexy,
Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020-00231 Filed 1-9-20; 8:45 am]