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3. Provide support to safety C. Emerging Research Priorities Chapter 7—RD&T to Ensure Security,
rulemaking by assessing the potential Preparedness and Response
To support the Department’s goals Chapter 8—Organizational Excellence in
safety impacts of new transportation and RD&T strategies, the RD&T Planning
technologies, vehicles, concepts, RD&T
Council identified six emerging research Chapter 9—RD&T Coordination
designs, and procedures. priorities to guide research investments Appendix A—National Research Council
Reduced Congestion both within and beyond the time period Letter Report (to be added)
1. Conduct and sponsor research to covered by this plan. Several of these Appendix B—Stakeholder Input (to be
reduce urban and suburban traffic priorities cut across transportation added)
modes and operating administration Appendix C—RD&T Funding
congestion, freight gateway congestion, Appendix D—Operating Administration
and aviation system congestion. mission requirements. The Department’s
emerging research priorities are as advisory committees, stakeholder activities
2. Conduct and sponsor research to and RD&T plans.
extend the life of the existing follows:
transportation system and improve the Human-Automation Interaction. II. Request for Comments
durability of infrastructure. Conduct and support research leading to
3. Conduct and sponsor research to an increased understanding of human- RITA requests comments on any
advance the use of next generation machine interactions related to safety aspect of DOT’s Strategic RD&T Plan,
technologies and to make effective use performance. including: (1) The relevance of the
of combinations of modes in moving Application of Enhanced Department’s emerging research
people and goods. Transportation Safety Data and priorities to the Nation’s most pressing
4. Conduct and sponsor research to Knowledge. Conduct and support efforts transportation challenges; (2) future
improve the planning, operation, and to convert the large quantities of data directions for Departmental research;
management of surface transportation produced by applications of digital and (3) ways to minimize unnecessary
and aviation services and assets. technology into useful knowledge that research duplication.
5. Conduct and sponsor research to can improve transportation safety. Issued in Washington, DC on June 30,
improve transportation services for Congestion Reduction Policy Research 2006.
underserved areas and populations. and Technologies. Strengthen policy Ashok Kaveeshwar,
6. Advance the Nation’s research and analysis into congestion
transportation workforce and research reduction, congestion pricing, and
innovative financing, and conduct [FR Doc. E6–10926 Filed 7–11–06; 8:45 am]
capability through capacity building,
RD&T to evaluate the effectiveness and BILLING CODE 4910–HY–P
fellowships, grants, and cooperative
research with universities, the private market acceptance of traveler and traffic
sector, and state and local governments. information technologies, products, and
Global Connectivity System Resilience and Global
Surface Transportation Board
1. Conduct and sponsor research Logistics. Conduct and support RD&T to
leading to harmonized international identify freight bottlenecks and Information and Collection; Notice and
standards, improved cross-border changing transportation patterns and to Request for Comments
collaboration, and global leadership for develop and implement technologies to
U.S. transportation providers. enhance the efficiency of cargo flows. SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation
Next Generation Air Transportation Board (Board), as part of its continuing
Environmental Stewardship
System. Provide the knowledge base to effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and
1. Conduct and support research to achieve greater aviation throughput and as required by the Paperwork Reduction
understand the various impacts of capacity; reduce user and service costs, Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.
transportation activities on the natural including congestion; increase service (PRA), gives notice that the Board will
and built environment and communities productivity; and ensure a safe, secure, seek from the Office of Management and
and to advance technologies and and environmentally compatible Budget (OMB) an extension of approval
concepts to mitigate those impacts. aviation system. for the currently approved collection of
2. Conduct and support research on Energy Efficiency and Alternative maps in abandonment exemption
ways to improve the environmental Fuels. Conduct and support research to proceedings. The Board is seeking
review process to achieve the timely understand the impact of fuel prices and comments from persons who have
delivery of transportation projects. fuel efficiency on mobility, sought, or anticipate seeking, authority
Security, Preparedness and Response opportunities to improve fuel efficiency, to abandon or discontinue rail service
transportation requirements associated through the Board’s exemption
1. Conduct and support research to with alternative fuel infrastructures, and
reduce the vulnerability of procedures concerning (1) Whether the
safety impacts of alternative fuel collection of maps is necessary for the
transportation systems and to improve vehicles.
their ability to prepare for and recover proper performance of the functions of
from attacks, natural disasters, and D. The Strategic RD&T Plan Has the the Board, including whether the
emergencies. Following Chapters collection has practical utility; (2) the
2. Conduct and support research to accuracy of the Board’s burden
develop technologies and procedures to Chapter 1—Introduction estimates; (3) ways to enhance the
secure hazardous materials shipments Chapter 2—Strategic Planning Framework quality, utility, and clarity of the
Chapter 3—RD&T to Improve Transportation information collected; and (4) ways to
and to assess the risks of hazmat events. Safety minimize the burden of the collection of
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Organizational Excellence Chapter 4—RD&T to Reduce System

information on the respondents,
Consistently apply the President’s Chapter 5—RD&T to Enhance Global including the use of automated
R&D Investment Criteria—relevance, Connectivity collection techniques or other forms of
quality, and performance—to all DOT- Chapter 6—RD&T to Support Environmental information technology when
sponsored and in-house research. Stewardship appropriate. Submitted comments will

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be summarized and included in the persons submit reports, keep records, or in Mendocino Coast Ry., Inc.—Lease
Board’s request for OMB approval. provide information to the agency, third and Operate, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980), and
parties, or the public. Under section any employee affected by the
Description of Collection
3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA, Federal discontinuance of those trackage rights
Title: Maps Required in Abandonment agencies are required to provide a 60- will be protected by the conditions set
Exemption Proceedings. day notice and comment period through out in Oregon Short Line R. Co.—
OMB Control Number: 2140–0008. publication in the Federal Register Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91
Form Number: None. concerning each proposed collection of (1979).
Type of Review: Extension without information, including each proposed This notice is filed under 49 CFR
change. extension of an existing collection of 1180.2(d)(8). If it contains false or
Respondents: Railroads initiating information, before submitting the misleading information, the exemption
abandonment exemption proceedings. collection to OMB for approval. is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the
Number of Respondents: 91. exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d)
Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour, Dated: July 12, 2006.
Vernon A. Williams, may be filed at any time. The filing of
based on average time reported in a petition to revoke will not
informal survey of respondents Secretary.
automatically stay the transaction.
conducted in 2003. [FR Doc. E6–10830 Filed 7–11–06; 8:45 am]
An original and 10 copies of all
Frequency of Response: 1. BILLING CODE 4915–01–P
pleadings, referring to STB Finance
Total Annual Burden Hours: 91. Docket No. 34864 (Sub-No. 1), must be
Total Annual ‘‘Non-Hour Burden’’
filed with the Surface Transportation
Cost: None have been identified. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington,
Needs and Uses: Under 49 CFR
DC 20423–0001. In addition, a copy of
1152.50(d)(2) and 1152.60(b), the Board Surface Transportation Board
each pleading must be served on Sidney
requires in each abandonment [STB Finance Docket No. 34864 (Sub-No. L. Strickland, Jr., Sidney Strickland and
exemption proceeding a detailed map of 1)]
Associates, PLLC, 3050 K Street, NW.,
the rail line, depicting the line’s relation
Suite 101, Washington, DC 20007.
to other rail lines, roads, water routes, BNSF Railway Company—Temporary Board decisions and notices are
and population centers. The Board uses Trackage Rights Exemption—The
available on our Web site at http://
this information to determine the scope Kansas City Southern Railway
and the impact of the proposed Company
abandonment. In addition, this Decided: July 5, 2006.
information is posted on the Board’s The Kansas City Southern Railway By the Board, David M. Konschnik,
Web site and serves as a form of notice Company (KCSR), pursuant to a written Director, Office of Proceedings.
to current and/or potential shippers, trackage rights agreement entered into Vernon A. Williams,
and to persons who might want to make between KCSR and BNSF Railway Secretary.
an offer of financial assistance under 49 Company (BNSF), has agreed to provide [FR Doc. E6–10829 Filed 7–11–06; 8:45 am]
U.S.C. 10904; acquire the line as a trail BNSF with non-exclusive, overhead,
under the National Trails System Act, temporary trackage rights, to expire on
16 U.S.C. 1247(d); or acquire the line for July 15, 2006, over KCSR’s trackage
another public purpose under 49 U.S.C. between Jefferson, TX, and Metro, TX, a
10905. total distance of 200.9 miles. The DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Deadline: Persons wishing to original trackage rights granted in BNSF
comment on this information collection Railway Company—Temporary Submission for OMB Review;
should submit comments by September Trackage Rights Exemption—The Comment Request
11, 2006. Kansas City Southern Railroad
Company, STB Finance Docket No. July 7, 2006.
ADDRESSES: Direct all comments to
34864 (STB served on May 4, 2006), The Department of the Treasury has
Marilyn Levitt, Surface Transportation submitted the following public
covered the same line, but were due to
Board, Room 614, 1925 K Street, NW., information collection requirement(s) to
expire on June 22, 2006. The purpose of
Washington, DC 20423 or OMB for review and clearance under the
this transaction is to modify the or by fax at (202) Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,
temporary overhead trackage rights
565–9001. When submitting comments Public Law 104–13. Copies of the
exempted in STB Finance Docket No.
refer to the OMB number and title of the submission(s) may be obtained by
34864 to extend the expiration date
information collection. calling the Treasury Bureau Clearance
from June 22, 2006, to July 15, 2006.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The transaction is scheduled to be Officer listed. Comments regarding this
Barbara G. Saddler, (202) 565–1656. consummated on the effective date of information collection should be
Requests for a copy of the regulations this notice. The modified temporary addressed to the OMB reviewer listed
pertaining to this information collection overhead trackage rights will allow and to the Treasury Department
may be obtained by contacting Barbara BNSF to continue to bridge its train Clearance Officer, Department of the
G. Saddler at (202) 565–1656 or service while BNSF’s main lines are out Treasury, Room 11000, 1750 of service due to certain programmed Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the track, roadbed and structural Washington, DC 20220.
PRA, a Federal agency conducting or maintenance. DATES: Written comments should be
sponsoring a collection of information As a condition to this exemption, any received on or before August 11, 2006
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must display a currently valid OMB employees affected by the acquisition of to be assured of consideration.
control number. Collection of the temporary rights will be protected
information, which is defined in 44 by the conditions imposed in Norfolk Federal Consulting Group
U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), and Western Ry. Co.—Trackage Rights— OMB Number: 1505–0121.
includes agency requirements that BN, 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified Type of Review: Extension.

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