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Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings

Interim final rule; change of effective date.
On December 18, 2003, FRA published an Interim Final Rule (IFR) in the Federal Register (68 FR 70586) addressing the use of locomotive horns at highway-rail grade crossings. As FRA was interested in receiving public comments on all aspects of the IFR, FRA held a public hearing in Washington, DC on February 4, 2004 and extended the comment period from the originally scheduled deadline of February 17, 2004 to April 19, 2004. However, by the close of the extended comment period, FRA had received more than 1,400 comments on the IFR and Environmental Impact Statement. Given the extensive amount of time needed to review and analyze the comments received, FRA will be unable to issue a final rule before the IFR effective date of December 18, 2004. Therefore, FRA is issuing this document to announce the change of the IFR effective date.


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