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

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government Buses

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

Matthew M. Crouch
Federal Transit Administration
June 10, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 111 (Tuesday, June 10, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 33255-33256]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-13446]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Transit Administration

[FTA Docket No. 2014-0013]


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 collection:

Bus Testing Program

    This collection involves our Bus Testing Program. The information 
to be collected for the Bus Testing Program is necessary to ensure that 
buses have been tested at the Bus Testing Center for maintainability, 
reliability, safety, performance (including breaking performance), 
structural integrity, fuel economy, emissions, and noise.

DATES: Comments must be submitted before August 11, 2014.

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

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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: Bus Testing Program--Mr. Gregory 
Rymarz, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (202) 366-
6410, or email: gregory.rymarz@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: Bus Testing Program.
    OMB Control No.: 2132-0550.
    Background: 49 U.S.C. 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 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 Larson Transportation 
Institute of the Penn State University (LTI), has entered into a 
cooperative agreement with FTA. LTI 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 an 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. LTI maintains a reference file for all the test 
reports which are made available to the public.
    Respondents: Bus manufacturers and FTA grantees.
    Estimated Annual Burden on Respondents: 28 partial testing 
determination requests at 1.71 hours each and 18 test requests at 9 
hours each.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 210 hours.
    Frequency: On occasion.

    Dated: June 3, 2014.
Matthew M. Crouch,
Associate Administrator for Administration.
[FR Doc. 2014-13446 Filed 6-9-14; 8:45 am]
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