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BLET Comments to Agencies

**Note -- some descriptions and/or summaries are more detailed then others. For a complete overview, click on the link to the .pdf. The first page of the comments typically has a substantial overview.

To further Research, please visit the U.S. Department of Transportations Document Management System. There you can search by Docket Number for all comments related to a particular Rule Making, Waiver or other issue.

Positive Train Control
Rule Makings
Waiver Petitions
Comments in Connection with Inquires / Other
Miscellaneous Comments

Comments in connection with Positive Train Control Dockets

  1. CSX Transportation Temporary, Location and Equipment Based Waiver From Compliance
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-23685 [PDF]
    Comment Date: January 26, 2007
  2. Alaska Railroad Collision Avoidance System
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-26029 [PDF]
    Comment Date: December 15, 2006
  3. BNSF Railway Company Product Safety Plan
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-23687 [PDF]
    Comment Date: December 5, 2006
  4. BNSF Railway Company Product Safety Plan
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-23687 [PDF]
    Comment Date: August 4, 2006
  5. CSX Transportation Railroad Safety Program Plan
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-23687 [PDF]
    Comment Date: May 12, 2006
  6. Union Pacific Railroad -- Railroad Safety Plan
    Docket Number : FRA-2006-24002 [PDF]
    Comment Date: May 12, 2006
  7. BNSF Railway Company Product Safety Plan
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-23687 [PDF]
    Comment Date: May 11, 2006
  8. BNSF Railway Company Product Safety Plan
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-23686 [PDF]
    Comment Date: May 11, 2006

Comments in Connection with Rule Makings

  1. Proposed Rulemakings of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) and Transportation Safety Administration with respect to Rail Transportation Security.
    Docket Number: RSPA-2004-18730
    Docket Number: TSA-2006-26514
    Comment Date: February 20, 2007
  2. FRA Proposed Rule revising the schedules of civil monetary penalties for violations of federal railroad safety law or FRA safety regulation
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-25274 [PDF]
    Comment Date: January 4, 2007
  3. FRA Proposed Rulemaking setting for inter alia numerous changes to Parts 217 (Railroad Operating Rules) and 218 (Railroad Operating Procedures) of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-25267 [PDF]
    Comment Date: December 11, 2006
  4. Office of the Secretary of Transportation Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would Amend Federal Regulations to add state licensed and certified marriage and family therapists to the list of credential professionals eligible to serve as substance abuse professionals
    Docket Number: OST-2006-24112 [PDF]
    Comment Date: March 31, 2006

Comments in Connection with Waiver Petitions

  1. BNSF and NS jointly petitioned FRA for waiver from various requirements of CFR Title 49 regarding Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) Pilot Train Operations
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-26345
    Comment Date: February 15, 2007
  2. NS for a permanent waiver from compliance with the requirements for certain en route trains assembled on Pocahontas Division in West Virginia.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-25706 [PDF]
    Comment Date: January 27, 2006
  3. BNSF Railway for a temporary waiver from compliance with rule providing that a train designated by a railroad as an "extended haul train" may be moved up to, but no exceeding 1,500 miles between brake tests and inspections.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-24812 [PDF]
    Comment Date: January 21, 2007
  4. UP for a waiver from compliance so that UP may implement what it terms "Remote Authority" technology.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-24840 [PDF]
    Comment Date: January 9, 2007
  5. CSX for a waiver with requirements to pertaining to the physical signature and recordkeeping requirements for 92-Day periodic locomotive inspection reports, annual locomotive inspection reports, biennial locomotive inspection reports and others that are subject to any waivers already granted by the FRA regarding the time period for the performance of those inspections.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-25705 [PDF]
    Comment Date: December 20, 2006
  6. UP for a waiver from compliance with requirements in connection with Class I brake tests -- initial terminal inspection.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-25764 [PDF]
    Comment Date: November 9, 2006
  7. Quantum Engineering, Inc for a waiver from compliance from design standards for one-way end-of--train ("EOT") devices.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-25794 [PDF]
    Comment Date: November 2, 2006
  8. NJ Transit for a waiver from compliance with requirements of a key design standard for passenger equipment and nearly a half-dozen provisions that from the cornerstone of Class I bake inspection.
    Docket Number FRA-2006-24918 [PDF]
    Comment Date: September 15, 2006
  9. UP waiver request in order to implement what it terms "Remote Authority" Technology.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-24840 [PDF]
    Comment Date: September 6, 2006
  10. Canadian National Railway on its own behalf and on behalf of its wholly owned US Subsidiaries for a waiver from compliance with annual Brake Tests.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-24224 [PDF]
    Comment Date: May 19, 2006
  11. NS for a waiver from compliance with requirements related to maintenance of physical records pertaining to 92-day locomotive inspection reports, and proposed substitute electronic records in satisfaction of said requirements.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-24215 [PDF]
    Comment Date: April 10, 2006
  12. Quantum Engineering for a waiver of compliance with requirements with design standards for one-way, end-of-train devices.
    Docket Number: FRA-2006-23751 [PDF]
    Comment Date: March 20, 2006
  13. American Association of Railroads for a waiver from compliance with requirements as they relate to operation of a locomotive on which one of the two 250-watt headlight lamps is inoperative.
    Docket Number: FRA-2005-23107 [PDF]
    Comment Date: February 16, 2006
  14. UP for a permanent waiver from compliance with FRA's random alcohol and drug testing requirements.
    Docket Number: FRA-2005-21241 [PDF]
    Comment Date: July 19, 2005

Comments in Connection with Inquires / Other

  1. Comments filed in connection with replacement fees for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential.
    Docket Number: TSA-2006-24191
    Docket Number: USCG-2006-24196
    Comment Date: February 26, 2007
  1. FRA Notice of Safety Inquiry regarding Safety of Private Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
    Docket Number: FRA-2005-23281
    Comment Date: February 15, 2007

Miscellaneous Comments

  1. FRA-2006-24840 ATDA BLET Comments
  2. FRA-2006-24840 ATDA BLET Supp. Comments
  3. FRA-2006-25057 BLET & UTU Comments
  4. FRA-2006-25268 BLET Comments
  5. FRA-2006-25274 BLET Comments
  6. FRA-2006-25564 BLET Comments
  7. BLET TWIC Comments 20070226
  8. FRA-2005-23281 BLET Comments
  9. FRA-2006-24646 BLET Comments
  10. FRA-2006-24646 BLET Supp. Comments
  11. FRA-2006-24812 BLET Comments
  12. FRA-2006-26435 BLET Post-Hearing Comments
  13. FRA-2006-26603 BLET Comments
  14. FRA-2006-26717 BLET Comments
  15. FRA-2006-26756 BLET Comments
  16. FRA-2007-26965 BLET Comments
  17. FRA-2006-25706 BLET Comments
  18. FRA-2006-26174 BLET Comments
  19. FRA-2006-26175 BLET Comments
  20. FRA-2006-26175 BLET Public Hearing Testimony 071004
  21. FRA-2006-26175 BLET Public Hearing Testimony 071019
  22. FRA-2006-26175 BLET Supplemental Comments
  23. FRA-2007-27410 BLET Comments
  24. FRA-2007-27623 BLET Post-Conference Comments
  25. FRA-2007-27623 BLET Prelim. Comments
  26. FRA-2007-28049 BLET Comments
  27. FRA-2007-28306 BLET Comments
  28. FRA-2007-28339 BLET Comments
  29. FRA-2007-28340 BLET Comments
  30. FRA-2007-28424 BLET Comments
  31. FRA-2007-28454 BLET Comments
  32. FRA-2007-27287 BLET Comments
  33. FRA-2007-27322 BLET Comments
  34. TSA 2006 26514 BLET Comments
  35. FRA-2007-28700 BLET Comments
  36. IBTRC & UTU 20070508
  37. PHMSA-2007-28590 BLET Comments