[Federal Register: April 30, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 83)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Highway Administration
Truck Size and Weight Impact Methodology Review Conference
AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: The FHWA is announcing an informational meeting concerning the
analytical procedures used to estimate the impact of potential changes
to the Nation's truck size and weight (TS&W) limits on:
1. Freight diversion and mode share;
2. Safety and traffic operations;
3. Highway agency costs (pavement, bridge and roadway geometry);
4. Shipper costs and rail industry profitability;
5. Roadway geometry requirements;
6. Traffic operations; and
7. Environmental quality and energy consumption.
An understanding of these procedures is required to evaluate the
illustrative TS&W scenarios which will be presented in the U.S.
Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT's) 1998 Comprehensive Truck
Size & Weight (CTS&W) Study.
DATES: The meeting will be held on July 7, 1998, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. and on July 8, 1998, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Willard Inter-Continental
Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Regina McElroy, Office of Policy
Development, HPP-10, (202) 366-9216, for substantive information
regarding the conference; Megan Naranjo, HPP-10, (202) 366-0281, for
conference registration material; or Mr. Charles E. Medalen, Office of
the Chief Counsel, HCC-20, (202) 366-1354, Federal Highway
Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, D.C. 20590. Office
hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday,
except Federal holidays.
An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded using a modem
and suitable communications software from the Federal Register
Electronic Bulletin Board Service at (202) 512-1661. Internet users may
reach the Federal Register's home page at: http://www.nara.gov/nara/
fedreg and the Government Printing Office's database at: http://
The U.S. DOT currently has underway a CTS&W Study. The Study was
initiated in 1994 by Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater, who
was then the Federal Highway Administrator. The Study is intended to
provide decisionmakers with fact-based information regarding the highly
controversial and multifaceted TS&W issue. The Department anticipates
that the final TS&W Study report will be transmitted to Congress by the
end of 1998. It will include four volumes: Volume I--Executive Summary,
Volume II--Issues and Background, Volume III--Scenario Analysis, and
Volume IV--Guide to Documentation. A draft version of Volume II was
distributed for external review in June 1997. Many valuable comments
were received and, as a result, the final version will be markedly
Work on Volume III, Scenario Analysis, is now in progress. The
Department expects that a draft version will be available for review
and comment this summer. A number of illustrative size and weight
scenarios have been identified for analysis, and each scenario will be
evaluated in terms of its likely impact on freight diversion, safety,
infrastructure (pavement, bridge and roadway geometry), shipper costs,
rail industry viability, traffic operations, energy consumption and
environmental quality. The scenarios, as well as the impact areas, were
selected based on comments received through the Study's extensive
As part of the overall outreach activity, the FHWA, on behalf of
the Department, is sponsoring a TS&W Impact Methodology Review
Conference. This event is being organized to facilitate review of the
Volume III draft. At the conference, subject matter experts will
present the analytical approach employed, for each of the impact areas
identified above, to evaluate the illustrative scenarios. The
presentations will focus on technical methods used in the scenario
analysis. Study results will not be discussed.
For individuals unable to attend the meeting, copies of the
briefing material may be obtained, free of charge, by contacting Ms.
Megan Naranjo at the address and telephone number listed at the
beginning of this Notice. In addition, we will publish a summary of the
conference following the event. The summary may also be obtained by
contacting Ms. Naranjo.
Guest rooms at the Willard Hotel, for confirmed participants, are
available at a discounted rate. Room reservations should be made
directly with the hotel at (202) 628-9100.
An agenda, registration form, and supporting conference materials
may be obtained from the FHWA. The point of contact is Ms. Megan
Naranjo at the address and telephone number at the beginning of this
In order to provide ample opportunity for dialogue, we are limiting
the meeting to 100 participants. All participants must be registered in
advance. Should demand significantly exceed this limit, we will
consider holding another similar event.
A fee is being charged to partially cover the cost of the
conference. The fee includes a continental breakfast on the first and
second days and lunch on the first day. The early registration fee
(received on or before June 6, 1998) is $55.00. After June 6, 1998, a
late registration fee of $65.00 is payable at the conference.
Authority: 23 U.S.C. 315; 49 CFR 1.48.
Gary E. Maring,
Acting Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 98-11523 Filed 4-29-98; 8:45 am]
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