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Recent Comments and Federal Register Publications

Here is a quick snapshot of the comments/notices/letters APTA is working on.

FTAPublic Transportation Agency Safety Plans Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)06/26/202305/13/2024Petition for Reconsideration
FTACapital Investment Grants Program: NPRM06/04/202404/05/2024Completed Comments
DHSCyber Incident Reporting for Criticial Infrastructure: Proposed Rule06/03/202404/04/2024Completed Comments
FTARural Areas Formula Grant Program Guidance Proposed Circular06/03/202404/04/2024Under Consideration
FTARail Transit Roadway Worker Protection: NPRM05/25/202403/25/2024Final Comments Submitted
FHWABuy America: Discontinuation of General Waiver for Manufactured Products: NPRM05/13/202403/13/2024Under Consideration
FTAAward Management Requirements Circular (C 5010.1) Proposed Updates: Request for Comment04/15/202402/14/2024Under Consideration
DOTProposed Rulemaking Amending the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program and
Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act Program Regulations
02/25/202401/25/2024Competed Comments
FTAProposed General Directive on Required Actions for Assaults on Transit Workers02/20/202412/20/2023Completed Comments
DOTDisadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Modification Implementation10/31/202207/20/2022Letter Urging Rule Finalizations
EPALocomotives and Locomotive Engines; Preemption of State and Local Regulations (Final Rule)N/A11/08/2023N/A
FTAState Safety Oversight (NPRM)02/15/202411/15/2023Completed Comments
DOTRequest for Information on Accessibility Improvements for Transportation (RFI) facilities.01/06/202406/11/2023Completed Comments
FTATransit Worker Hours of Service and Fatigue Risk Management (ANPRM)1/26/202410/30/2023Completed Comments
FTAPublic Transportation Safety Certification Training Program (NPRM)12/26/202310/26/2023Completed Comments
FRAFinal Rule: Locomotive Image and Audio Recording Devices for Passenger TrainsN/A10/12/2023N/A
OMBImplementation Guidance on Application of Buy America Preference in Federal Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure (Memo)N/A10/25/2023N/A
OMBProposed Rule: Guidance for Grants and Agreements12/05/202310/05/2023Under Consideration
FTARequest for Comments: Notice of Availability of Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transit Projects11/25/202309/25/2023Under Consideration
NTSBANPRM: Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Investigations10/30/202308/31/2023Completed Comments
OMBFinal Rule: Final Guidance for Grants and AgreementsN/A08/23/2023Completed Comments
DOTNotice: Buy America Waiver for De Minimis Costs and Small GrantsN/A08/16/2023N/A
DOJNPRM: Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities10/03/202308/04/2023Under Development
CEQProposed Rule: NEPA Implementing Regulations Revisions Phase 209/29/202307/31/2023Completed Comments
FTARequest for Comments: Grant Management for Urbanized Areas Proposed Circular09/11/202307/11/2023N/A
FRANPRM: Certification of Signal Employees09/14/202305/31/2023Completed Comments
FRANPRM: Certification of Dispatchers09/14/202305/31/2023Completed Comments
FTANational Public Transportation Safety Plan Request for Comments07/31/202305/31/2023Completed Comments
TSANotice of Proposed Rulemaking: Vetting of Certain Surface Transportation Employees08/21/202305/22/2023Completed Comments
FRARegulations Governing Certain Positive Train Control System OutagesN/A04/27/2023N/A
RFISupport New Inflation Reduction Act Programs to Lower Embodied Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Construction Materials and Products05/01/202301/19/2023Under Development
OMBNotice of Availability and Request for Comments: Implementing Guidance for Section 2(e) of Executive Order 14094 Modernizing Regulatory Review06/06/202304/07/2023Under Consideration
PHMSAHazardous Materials: FAST Act Requirements for Real-Time Train Consist Information (NPRM)10/27/202306/27/2023Completed Comments
OMBNotice of Availability and Request for Comments: Proposed Revisions to OMB Circular A-406/06/202304/07/2023Under Consideration
FRAPassenger Equipment Safety Standards: High-Speed Trainsets Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)08/02/202304/01/2023Completed Comments:
Part 1 | Part 2
FRAAdvancing High-Speed Rail Projects Intended for Operations Over 160 Miles Per Hour Through Domestic Sourcing Plans and Buy America ComplianceN/A03/22/2023Under Consideration
FRAEmergency Escape Breathing Apparatus Standards
Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM)
FTANotice of availability of proposed guidance relating to an asset disposition option for FTA recipients under the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 202204/15/202303/16/2023N/A
OMBRequest for Information Revising 2 CFR Chapters I and II03/13/202302/09/2023Completed Comments
FTAFinal Notice Regarding Changes to NTD Safety and Security Reporting02/23/202307/15/2022N/A
DOTRequest for Information on Changes to Transportation Disadvantaged Census Tracts Tool03/18/202302/17/2023Under Consideration
OMBRequest for Information on Proposed Revisions to OMB Guidance on Build America, Buy America Requirements03/13/202302/09/2023Completed Comments
FTANotice of Availability: Proposed Updates to Joint Development Circular03/27/202301/27/2023N/A
CEQNational Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change03/10/202301/19/2023Completed Comments
FTANotice of Availability of Final Initial Updated Policy Guidance for the Capital Investment Grants Program01/12/202301/19/2023N/A
FRAGuidance on Development and Implementation of Railroad Capital Projects03/19/202301/19/2023N/A
EPAControl of Air Pollution from New Motor Vehicles: Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Standards03/19/202301/19/2023N/A
FTA2023 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Transit Worker and Rider Safety Best Practices Research Project02/13/202312/14/2022N/A
TSAEnhancing Surface Cyber Risk Management; Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking02/01/202311/30/2022Submitted Comments, but not publicly available due to security
EPAGreenhouse Gas Reduction Fund; Request for Information12/05/202210/21/2022Under Development
IRSPrevailing Wage and Apprenticeship Initial Guidance Under Section 45(b)(6)(B)(ii) and Other Substantially Similar Provisions; Notice of Initial Guidance01/30/202311/30/2022N/A
IRSRequest for Comments on Section 45W Credit for Qualified Commercial Clean Vehicles and Section 30C Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit12/03/202211/03/2022Completed Comments
HUDHUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget for an information collection11/18/202209/19/2022N/A
IRSRequest for Comments on Elective Payment of Applicable Credits and Transfer of Certain Credits11/04/202210/05/2022Completed Comments
DOT/OSTNotice of Proposed Temporary Waiver of Buy America Requirements for the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program10/21/202210/06/2022N/A
FRATraining, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees12/03/202209/30/2022Completed Comments
FHWANotice of Proposed Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Electric Vehicle Chargers09/30/202208/31/2022Coalition Letter
FHWANational Performance Management Measures; Assessing Performance of the National Highway System, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measure10/13/202207/15/2022Completed Comments
DOTDrug and Alcohol Testing Electronic Signatures, Forms and Storage for Drug and Alcohol Testing Record10/05/202208/05/2022N/A
FRATrain Crew Size Safety Requirements12/21/202207/28/2022Completed Comments
DOTRequest for Information on Construction Materials Used in Federal Financial Assistance Projects For Transportation Infrastructure in the United States Under the Build America, Buy America Act08/18/202207/28/2022Completed Comments
FTANotice and Request for Comment Proposed Buy America Waiver [Mini-Vans]09/19/202207/19/22N/A
FTANational Transit Database Reporting Requirements for Safety and Security09/13/202207/15/2022N/A
FHWANPRM National Performance Management Measures; Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measure10/13/202207/15/2022N/A
FTADear Colleague Letter Regarding Real Estate and NEPAN/A07/11/2022N/A
FTADear Colleague Letter Intercity Bus Nationwide Allocation ModelN/A07/05/2022N/A
FTANational Transit Database Reporting Requirements09/07/202207/07/2022Comment
DOTRequest for Information Drug and Alcohol Testing Data07/30/202206/20/2022N/A
FRAGuidance on Development and Implementation of Railroad Capital Projects08/12/202206/28/2022Comments
FRANotice of Proposed Approach (Notice) to the Northeast Corridor Project Inventory and the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program for Northeast Corridor projects.07/25/202206/24/2022N/A
FHWAFHWA NPRM National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program08/22/202206/22/2022N/A
FTARequest for Information Bus Automation Research and Demonstration08/02/202206/01/2022Comments
FRANPRM on Safety Glazing Standards for Exterior Windows on Railroad Equipment06/17/202204/18/2022Comment
FTADear Colleague Letter Setting PTSAP DeadlinesN/A02/17/2022Comment
OMBRequest for Information and Extension of Comment Period Applying BIL Requirements to Construction Materials06/06/202205/26/2022Comment
DOTMultimodal Project Discretionary Grant Opportunity Historically Disadvantaged Communities Mapping Tool05/23/202203/23/2022Comment
CMSComments on Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Non-Emergency Medical Transportation ProgramN/AN/AComment
DOTTemporary Waiver of Buy America for Construction Materials11/10/202205/20/2022Comment
DOLUpdating the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Regulations05/17/202203/18/2022N/A
FRAProposed Approach (Notice) to the Northeast Corridor Project Inventory and the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program for Northeast Corridor projects04/18/202203/04/2022N/A
DOTProcedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs: Addition of Oral Fluid Specimen Testing for Drugs04/29/202202/28/2022Comment
FTACapital Investment FTA Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program Initial Guidance Proposals04/15/202203/15/2022Comment
DOTNotice and Request for Comment Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology04/08/202203/09/2022N/A
DOEClean Hydrogen Manufacturing, Recycling and Electrolysis Request for Information03/29/202202/16/2022N/A
DOEHydrogen Hubs Implementation Strategy Request for Information03/21/202202/16/2022N/A
FTARecession: Equitable Economic Recovery and Workforce Development Through Construction Hiring Pilot Program02/10/202202/10/2022N/A
FTADear Colleague Letter Transit Management Update RequirementN/A02/09/2022N/A
FRARequest for Information Corridor Identification and Development Program03/09/202202/07/2022Comment
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