Afternoon Coffee: Uber and Airbus Form Partnership on Helicopter Project, Regulators Consider Safety Impacts of Rail Mergers

Uber and Airbus are working together on a helicopter transportation pilot project. Airbus will provide helicopters for on-demand transportation service that could allow Uber users to request helicopter rides.

Federal regulators say mergers of major freight railroads, such as the one proposed by Canadian Pacific Railway and Norfolk Southern Corp., could have a negative impact on rail safety. The Federal Railroad Administration said a merger would require the companies to combine two different safety cultures, which could be a difficult task.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently proposed new rules on how regulators could determine if trucking companies are operating safely on the roads. The FMCSA said it is proposing using information gathered during highway inspections of trucks to determine a trucking company’s safety record.

Check out the full list of Wal-Mart stores closing in the U.S. The retailer announced last week it would close 269 stores, 154 of which are in the United States. 


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