[Federal Register Volume 65, Number 158 (Tuesday, August 15, 2000)]
[Page 49862]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 00-20594]

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Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No. FTA-99-6417]

Intelligent Transportation System; Architecture and Standards

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: On May 25, 2000, FTA issued a notice requesting comments on 
the proposed National Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) 
Architecture Policy for project development, requesting comments to be 
submitted by August 23, 2000. This document extends this rulemaking's 
comment period for 30 days, until September 23, 2000, in response to 
requests for additional time to assess the impact of this rule on the 
nation's highway and transit systems and to provide meaningful 

DATES: Comments should be received no later than September 23, 2000. 
Late comments will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: All, signed, written comments must refer to the docket 
number appearing at the top of this document and must be submitted to 
the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, 
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590-0001. Comments may also be submitted 
electronically to the docket following the instructions located at 
    All comments received will be available for examination at the 
above address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. Comments may also be viewed 
electronically via the Department of Transportation's online Document 
Management System (DMS) at http://dms.dot.gov. Viewers can download 
copies of this proposed rule and all comments 24-hours a day, 365 days 
a year. The notice is also posted in PDF and HTML on the FTA website at 
http://www.fta.dot.gov/library/legal/fr00toc.htm. Internet users may 
view this and other rulemaking documents via the Office of the Federal 
Register's homepage at http://www.nara.gov/fedreg or through the U.S. 
Government Printing Office's homepage at http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara. Those desiring notification of receipt of comments must include a 
self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ronald Boenau, Chief, FTA Advanced 
Public Transportation Systems Division (TRI-11) at (202) 366-0195, or 
Mr. Brian Cronin, Advanced Public Transportation Systems Division (TRI-
11) at (202) 366-8841. For legal information, contact Ms. Linda Sorkin, 
FTA Office of Chief Counsel (TCC-20) at (202) 366-1936.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 25, 2000 (65 FR 34002), FTA published 
an NPRM proposing the establishment of regulations to implement a 
portion of Section 5206(e) of the TEA-21 which requires ITS projects 
funded from the highway trust fund to conform to the National ITS 
Architecture, applicable or provisional standards, and protocols.
    Since that date, FTA has received requests from the American 
Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American 
Public Transportation Association, the Association of Metropolitan 
Planning Organizations, and several State Departments of Transportation 
to extend the comment period. These groups voiced concerns that the 
proposed rule was extremely complex and that 90 days was insufficient 
time to assess the impact of the proposed rules and provide meaningful 
comments. We agree that more time for an in-depth analysis of the NPRM 
would be beneficial to FTA in this rulemaking. For these reasons, FTA 
is extending the comment period by 30 days, until September 23, 2000.

    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 134 and 315; 42 U.S.C. 7410 et seq; 49 
U.S.C. 5303-5309; 49 CFR 1.8 and 1.51.

    Dated: August 9, 2000.
Nuria I. Fernandez,
Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration.
[FR Doc. 00-20594 Filed 8-14-00; 8:45 am]