National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

BOSTON (AP) Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates major pipeline accidents, said Sept.

An investigative update issued by the National Transportation Safety Board Nov. 15, about its ongoing investigation of the fatal, FIU pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami, Fla., says errors were made in the design of the 174-ft. span and cracking observed prior to the collapse is consistent with those errors.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation awarded $23 million in federal funding has been obligated to local bicycle and pedestrian projects through its Transportation Alternatives Program or TAP grants on Oct. 26, the agency said in a statement. There were 18 projects totaling $18.6 million in TAP grants, NJDOT added, along with 14 "Safe Routes to School" grants totaling $2.3 million.

In court on June 4, the Florida DOT (FDOT) tried to block the public and media from seeing the records that could show the cause of the fatal FIU bridge collapse in March. FDOT requested that Judge John Cooper of the Leon County Circuit Court dismiss a lawsuit by the Miami Herald, which urged the state of Florida to turn over documents including emails, meeting minutes and additional records detailing the bridge's construction and design, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Federal investigators looking into the collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Florida that killed six people earlier this year confirmed May 23, 2018, that they are focusing in part on the emergence of cracks in the structure before the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report light on details but that suggested investigators are focused on cracks in the south and north ends of the bridge near a Miami-area university campus.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Hazmat Safety Research and Development Forum is scheduled for May 16th and 17th at the National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center. The forum will be attended by industry representatives, modal authorities, federal and state officials.

Georgia transportation officials are considering other locations for storing roadside assistance vehicles. The development comes after a federal agency issued a report on factors that contributed to the 2017 collapse of a section of Interstate 85 in metro Atlanta.

Minnesota has repaired or replaced about 120 bridges in the past decade as part of a special funding program authorized after an Interstate 35W span plunged into the Mississippi River, killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. State leaders set aside $2.5 billion for the program over the past decade, allowing the state to more aggressively tackle a backlog of bridge repairs.