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DOT/FRA RIN: 2130-AC75 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Amendments to Positive Train Control Systems Regulations (DEREG) 
Abstract:

FRA is proposing to revise its regulations governing changes to positive train control (PTC) systems and reporting on PTC system functioning. First, recognizing that the railroad industry intends to further enhance FRA-certified PTC systems to continue improving rail safety and the reliability and operability of the technology, FRA proposes to modify the process by which a host railroad must submit a request for amendment (RFA) to FRA before making certain changes to its PTC Safety Plan and FRA-certified PTC system. Second, to enable more effective FRA oversight, FRA proposes to: expand an existing reporting requirement by increasing the frequency from annual to biannual; broaden the reporting requirement to encompass positive performance-related information, not only failure-related information; and require host railroads to utilize a new, standardized Biannual Report of PTC System Performance. Overall, the proposed amendments would benefit the railroad industry, the public, and FRA, by reducing unnecessary costs, facilitating innovation, and improving FRA's ability to oversee PTC system performance and reliability, while not negatively affecting rail safety.

 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 214    49 CFR 236   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 20102 to 20103    20107    49 U.S.C. 20501 to 20505    28 U.S.C. 2461, note   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/18/2020  85 FR 82400   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/16/2021 
Final Rule  08/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: www.regulations.gov   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Amanda Maizel
Attorney Adviser
Department of Transportation
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 493-8014
Email: amanda.maizel@dot.gov