[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 120 (Thursday, June 23, 2022)]
[Pages 37550-37551]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-13413]



Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No. FTA 2022-0017]

Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Public 
Transportation Safety Agency Plan

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation 

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) 
abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICR describe the nature of the 
information collection and their expected burdens.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before July 25, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.
    Comments are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; the accuracy of

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the Department's estimate of the burden of the proposed information 
collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology. A comment to OMB is best assured of having its full effect 
if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tia Swain, Office of Administration, 
Management Planning Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Mail Stop TAD-
10, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-0354 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 
Public Law 104-13, Section 2, 109 Stat. 163 (1995) (codified as revised 
at 44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 
1320, require Federal agencies to issue two notices seeking public 
comment on information collection activities before OMB may approve 
paperwork packages. 44 U.S.C. 3506, 3507; 5 CFR 1320.5, 1320.8(d)(1), 
1320.12. On March 22, 2022 FTA published a 60-day notice (87 FR 16306) 
in the Federal Register soliciting comments on the ICR that the agency 
was seeking OMB approval. FTA received no comments after issuing this 
60-day notice. Accordingly, DOT announces that these information 
collection activities have been re-evaluated and certified under 5 CFR 
1320.5(a) and forwarded to OMB for review and approval pursuant to 5 
CFR 1320.12(c).
    Before OMB decides whether to approve these proposed collections of 
information, it must provide 30 days for public comment. 44 U.S.C. 
3507(b); 5 CFR 1320.12(d). Federal law requires OMB to approve or 
disapprove paperwork packages between 30 and 60 days after the 30-day 
notice is published. 44 U.S.C. 3507 (b)-(c); 5 CFR 1320.12(d); see also 
60 FR 44978, 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. OMB believes that the 30-day notice 
informs the regulated community to file relevant comments and affords 
the agency adequate time to digest public comments before it renders a 
decision. 60 FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995. Therefore, respondents should 
submit their respective comments to OMB within 30 days of publication 
to best ensure having their full effect. 5 CFR 1320.12(c); see also 60 
FR 44983, Aug. 29, 1995.
    The summaries below describe the nature of the information 
collection requirements (ICRs) and the expected burden. The 
requirements are being submitted for clearance by OMB as required by 
the PRA.
    Title: Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan.
    OMB Control Number: 2132-0580.
    Background: The Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan regulation 
(49 CFR part 673) establishes requirements for Agency Safety Plans as 
authorized under 49 U.S.C. 5329(d). The regulation requires States and 
certain operators of public transportation systems that receive Federal 
financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 to develop Agency 
Safety Plans based on the Safety Management Systems (SMS) approach. The 
development and implementation of these plans will help ensure that 
public transportation systems are safe nationwide.
    Each Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan must include, at 
     An approval from the recipient's Board of Directors, or an 
Equivalent Authority;
     Methods for identifying and evaluating safety risks 
throughout all elements of the recipient's public transportation 
     Strategies to minimize the exposure of the public, 
personnel, and property to hazards and unsafe conditions;
     A process and timeline for conducting an annual review and 
update of the plan;
     Performance targets based on the safety performance 
measures established in FTA's National Public Transportation Safety 
     Assignment of an adequately trained safety officer who 
reports directly to the general manager, president, or equivalent 
officer; and
     A comprehensive safety training program for operations 
personnel and personnel directly responsible for safety that includes 
the completion of a safety training program and continuing safety 
education and training.
     A rail transit agency must include or incorporate by 
reference in its Agency Safety Plan an emergency preparedness and 
response plan or procedures.
    Information collection requirements associated with this regulation 
include information collected by the agency to support its internal SMS 
processes and information collected by recipients to distribute to FTA.
    The information collection conducted at the agency level to support 
internal SMS processes includes the regulatory requirement to maintain:
     Documents that set forth the Agency Safety Plan, including 
those related to implementing the SMS;
     Results from SMS processes and activities; and
     Documents included in whole, or by reference, that 
describe the programs, policies, and procedures used to carry out the 
Agency Safety Plan.
    Transit agencies must maintain this documentation for a minimum of 
three years and must make this documentation available upon request to 
FTA, other Federal entities having jurisdiction, and the relevant State 
Safety Oversight Agency, if applicable.
    The information collection exchange between FTA and its recipients 
consists of:
     Annual Certifications and Assurances. FTA requires 
operators of public transportation systems and States to certify 
compliance with 49 CFR part 673 through its annual submittal of 
Certifications and Assurances to FTA.
     Triennial Review Process. FTA incorporated questions 
specific to the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Rule into 
FTA's existing oversight questionnaire for transit agencies to evaluate 
areas of compliance.
     State Management Review Process. FTA also ensures 
compliance with this rule through its existing triennial State 
Management Review oversight process.
    The information collection will continue to help guide transit 
agency and FTA's safety program priorities.
    Respondents: State and local government agencies, including transit 
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 755 respondents.
    Estimated Annual Burden Hours per Respondent: 335 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 252,855 hours.
    Frequency: Annually.

Nadine Pembleton,
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Administration.
[FR Doc. 2022-13413 Filed 6-22-22; 8:45 am]