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Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

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Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection

Susan Camarena
Federal Transit Administration
September 24, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 185 (Tuesday, September 24, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58601-58602]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23110]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No. 2013-0036]


Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration 
(FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew the 
following information collections: 49 U.S.C. Section 5339--Alternatives 
Analysis Program; Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program.

DATES: Comments must be submitted before November 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: To ensure that your comments are not entered more than once 
into the docket, submit comments identified by the docket number by 
only one of the following methods:
    1. Web site: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for 
submitting comments on the U.S. Government electronic docket site. 
(Note: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) electronic 
docket is no longer accepting electronic comments.) All electronic 
submissions must be made to the U.S. Government electronic docket site 
at www.regulations.gov. Commenters should follow the directions below 
for mailed and hand-delivered comments.
    2. Fax: 202-493-2251.
    3. Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-
140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    4. Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001 between 9:00 a.m. and 
5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: You must include the agency name and docket number 
for this notice at the beginning of your comments. Submit two copies of 
your comments if you submit them by mail. For confirmation that FTA has 
received your comments, include a self-addressed stamped postcard. Note 
that all comments received, including any personal information, will be 
posted and will be available to Internet users, without change, to 
www.regulations.gov. You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act 
Statement in the Federal Register published April 11, 2000, (65 FR 
19477), or you may visit www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the 
docket to read background documents and comments received, go to 
www.regulations.gov at any time. Background documents and comments 
received may also be viewed at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001 between 9:00 a.m. 
and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 49 U.S.C. 5339--Alternative Analysis 
Program--Mr. Eric Hu, FTA Office of Program Management (202) 366-0870, 
or email: Eric.hu@dot.gov.
    Over the Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program--[Eacute]lan 
Flippin, FTA Office of Program Management (202) 366-2053 or email: 
elan.flippin@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested parties are invited to send 
comments regarding any aspect of this information collection, 
including: (1) The necessity and utility of the information collection 
for the proper performance of the functions of the FTA; (2) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways to 
minimize the collection burden without reducing the quality of the 
collected information. Comments submitted in response to this notice 
will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of 
this information collection.

Title: 49 U.S.C. Section 5339--Alternatives Analysis Program (OMB 
Number: 2132-0571)

    Background: Under Section 3037 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 
Efficient Transportation Act--A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the 
Alternatives Analysis Program (49 U.S.C. 5339) provides grants to 
States, authorities of the States, metropolitan planning organizations, 
and local government authorities to develop studies as part of the 
transportation planning process. The purpose of the Alternatives 
Analysis Program is to assist in financing the evaluation of all 
reasonable modal and multimodal alternatives and general alignment 
options for identified transportation needs in a particular, broadly 
defined travel corridor. The transportation planning process of 
Alternatives Analysis includes an assessment of a wide range of public 
transportation or multimodal alternatives, which will address 
transportation problems within a corridor or subarea; provides ample 
information to enable the Secretary to make the findings of project 
justification and local financial commitment; supports the selection of 
a locally preferred alternative; and enables the local Metropolitan 
Planning Organization to adopt the locally preferred alternative as 
part of the long-range transportation plan. FTA intends to evaluate 
program implementation by collecting information such as project 
milestones and financial status reports.
    Respondents: State and local government and Metropolitan Planning 
Organizations.
    Estimated Annual Burden on Respondents: 18 hours for each of the 
respondents.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 383 hours.
    Frequency: Annual.

Title: Over the Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program (OMB Number: 
2132-0570)

    Background: The Over-the-Road Bus (OTRB) Accessibility Program is 
authorized under section 3038 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 
21st Century (TEA-21), Public Law 105-85, as amended by the Safe, 
Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy 
for Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-059, August 10, 2005. OTRBs are 
used in intercity fixed route service as well as other services, such 
as commuter, charter and tour bus services. These services are an 
important element of the U.S. transportation system. TEA-21 authorized 
FTA's OTRB Accessibility Program to assist OTRB operators in complying 
with the Department's OTRB Accessibility regulation, ``Transportation 
for Individuals with Disabilities'' (49 CFR part 37, subpart H). The 
legislative intent of this grant program is to increase the number of 
wheelchair accessible OTRBs available to persons with disabilities 
throughout the country.
    Respondents: Charter/tour service operators, fixed route companies, 
small mixed service operators.
    Estimated Annual Burden on Respondents: 8 hours for each of the 
respondents.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 800 hours.
    Frequency: Annual.


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    Signed: September 17th 2013.
Susan Camarena,
Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-23110 Filed 9-23-13; 8:45 am]
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