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Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for a New Information Collection

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for a New Information Collection

Michael Howell
Federal Highway Administration
June 17, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 116 (Tuesday, June 17, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34562-34563]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-14099]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration

[Docket No. FHWA-2014-0023]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments 
for a New Information Collection

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request 
the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for a new 
information collection, which is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION. We published a Federal Register Notice with a 60-day 
public comment period on this information collection on April 1, 2014. 
We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Please submit comments by July 17, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments within 30 days to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention DOT Desk Officer. 
You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, 
including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the 
FHWA's performance; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways 
for the FHWA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the 
collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized, 
including the use of electronic technology, without reducing the 
quality of the collected information. All comments should include the 
Docket number FHWA-2014-0023.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Jones, 202-366-5053, Federal 
Highway Administration, Department of Transportation, Office of Highway 
Policy Information, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Travel Monitoring Analysis System (TMAS), formerly Heavy 
Vehicle Travel Information System (HVTIS).
    OMB Control Number: 2125-0587.
    Background: Title 49, United States Code, Section 301, authorizes 
the DOT to collect statistical information relevant to domestic 
transportation. The FHWA is continuing to develop the TMAS to house 
data that will enable analysis of the amount and nature of truck travel 
at the national and regional levels. The information will be used by 
the FHWA and other DOT agencies to evaluate changes in truck travel in 
order to assess impacts on highway safety; the role of travel in 
economic productivity; impacts of changes in truck travel on 
infrastructure condition; and maintenance of our Nation's mobility 
while protecting the human and natural environment. The increasing 
dependence on truck transport requires that data be available to better 
assess its overall contribution to the Nation's well-being. In 
conducting the data collection, the FHWA will be requesting that State 
Departments of Transportations (SDOTs) provide reporting of traffic 
volume, vehicle classification, and vehicle weight data which they 
collect as part of their existing traffic monitoring programs, 
including other sources such as local governments and traffic 
operations. States and local governments collect traffic volume, 
vehicle classification data, and vehicle weight data throughout the 
year using weigh-in-motion devices. The data should be representative 
of all public roads within State boundaries. The data will allow 
transportation professionals at the Federal, State, and metropolitan 
levels to make informed decisions about policies and plans.
    Respondents: 52 SDOTs, including the District of Columbia and 
Puerto Rico.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: Each of the SDOTs already 
collect traffic data for various purposes. In accordance with 23 U.S.C. 
303, each State has a Traffic Monitoring System in place so the data 
collection burden relevant for this notice is the additional burden for 
each State to provide a copy of their traffic data using the record 
formats specified in the Traffic Monitoring Guide. Automation and 
online tools continue to be developed in support of the TMAS and the 
capability now exists for online submission and validation of total 
volume data. The estimated average monthly burden is 3.5 hours for an 
annual burden of 42 hours. The annual reporting requirement is 
estimated to be 6 hours for the States and the District of Columbia and 
Puerto Rico. The combined burden from the monthly and annual reports is 
48 hours per respondent.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: Total burden will be 2,496 
hours.
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the U.S. DOT's performance, 
including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the 
accuracy of the U.S. DOT's estimate of the burden of the proposed 
information collection; (3) ways to enhance the quality, usefulness, 
and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden 
could be minimized, including the use of electronic technology, without 
reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will 
summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's 
clearance of this information collection.


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    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued On: June 11, 2014.
Michael Howell,
Information Collection Officer.
[FR Doc. 2014-14099 Filed 6-16-14; 8:45 am]
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