[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 218 (Tuesday, November 14, 2017)]
[Page 52769]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-24559]



Federal Railroad Administration

[Docket Number FRA-2017-0111]

Notice of Application for Approval To Discontinue or Modify a 
Railroad Signal System

    Under part 235 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 
and 49 U.S.C. 20502(a), this provides the public notice that on 
September 20, 2017, the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) petitioned the 
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking approval to discontinue 
or modify a signal system. FRA assigned the petition Docket Number FRA-

Applicant: Union Pacific Railroad, Mr. Kevin D. Hicks, AVP 
Engineering--Design, 1400 Douglas Street, MS 0910, Omaha, NE 68179

    Union Pacific seeks to discontinue the automatic block signals 
(ABS) on the Utah Service Unit, Montana Subdivision, in the cities of 
Pocatello, Chubbuck, Fort Hall, Blackfoot, Firth, Shelley and Idaho 
Falls in the state of Idaho.
    There are 43 active Highway-Rail Grade Crossings and 2 hot-box and 
dragging equipment detectors in the area which will remain as currently 
    The reason for the discontinuance of the ABS is that the condition 
of the signal system would require complete replacement to avert safety 
issues and FRA defects, and the amount of traffic on the subdivision 
does not warrant the cost of replacement.
    A copy of the petition, as well as any written communications 
concerning the petition, is available for review online at 
www.regulations.gov and in person at the U.S. Department of 
Transportation's Docket Operations Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
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, 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 
     Web site: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online 
instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Operations Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 
     Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal Holidays.
    Communications received by December 29, 2017 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 
www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/
ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at https://www.transportation.gov/privacy. See also https://www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice for the 
privacy notice of regulations.gov.

Robert C. Lauby,
Associate Administrator for Safety, Chief Safety Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-24559 Filed 11-13-17; 8:45 am]