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Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

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Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

Ann M. Linnertz
Federal Register
August 3, 2011

[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 149 (Wednesday, August 3, 2011)]
[Page 46893]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-19660]



Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No. 2011-0044]

Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Federal Transit Administration invites public comment 
about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's 
(OMB) approval to renew the following information collection:

Bus Testing Program

    The information collected is necessary to ensure that buses have 
been tested at the Bus Testing Center for maintainability, reliability, 
safety, performance, structural integrity, fuel economy, emissions and 
noise. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period 
soliciting comments was published on May 10, 2011.

DATES: Comments must be submitted before September 2, 2011. A comment 
to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of 

Administration, Office of Management Planning, (202) 366-2295.

    Title: Bus Testing (OMB Number: 2132-0550).
    Abstract: 49 U.S.C. Section 5323(c) provides that no federal funds 
appropriated or made available after September 30, 1989, may be 
obligated or expended for the acquisition of a new bus model (including 
any model using alternative fuels) unless the bus has been tested at 
the Bus Testing Center (Center) in Altoona, Pennsylvania. 49 U.S.C. 
Section 5318(a) further specifies that each new bus model is to be 
tested for maintainability, reliability, safety, performance (including 
braking performance), structural integrity, fuel economy, emissions, 
and noise.
    The operator of the Bus Testing Center, the Pennsylvania 
Transportation Institute (PTI), has entered into a cooperative 
agreement with FTA. PTI operates and maintains the Center, and 
establishes and collects fees for the testing of the vehicles at the 
facility. Upon completion of the testing of the vehicle at the Center, 
a test report is provided to the manufacturer of the new bus model. The 
bus manufacturer certifies to a FTA grantee that the bus the grantee is 
purchasing has been tested at the Center. Also, grantees about to 
purchase a bus use this report to assist them in making their 
purchasing decisions. PTI maintains a reference file for all the test 
reports which are made available to the public.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 404 hours.

ADDRESSES: All written comments must refer to the docket number that 
appears at the top of this document and be submitted to the Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
725--17th Street, NW. Washington, DC 20503, Attention: FTA Desk 
    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 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.

    Issued: July 28, 2011.
Ann M. Linnertz,
Associate Administrator for Administration.
[FR Doc. 2011-19660 Filed 8-2-11; 8:45 am]

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