Action: Notice, Request for Comments
Web posting date: January 8, 2014
Close of Comment Period: January 23, 2014
IDOT has requested a waiver from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regarding the Buy America requirements contained in 49 U.S.C. 24405(a). The request pertains to the Sureclose Gate Hinge manufactured in Italy by D&D Technology. IDOT contends that use of a self-closing, force adjustable gate hinge such as the Sureclose Hinge is essential for maintaining safe pedestrian grade crossings and that a similar hinge is not available from a U.S. source.
Before deciding whether to grant this waiver, FRA is requesting public comments. A detailed justification for IDOT’s waiver request is available here.
Comments regarding this waiver request should be submitted directly on the form provided below. Commenters should be aware that offensive language, Privacy Act protected, or other inappropriate material will not be posted. The FRA will consider all comments to this waiver request received in the initial 15-day comment period. Comments received after the initial 15-day comment period will be considered to the extent practical.
General questions about this web notice or FRA’s Buy America requirements may be directed to Ms. Linda Martin, Attorney Advisor, via e-mail at Linda.Martin@dot.gov or by telephone at 202-493-6062