Remarks Upon Signing the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976
Mr. Secretary, distinguished Members of the Congress, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen:
It is really a great privilege and pleasure for me to participate in the signing of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976.
As all of you know, this act provides for a comprehensive restoration of the health and the vitality of our Nation's railroads. This legislation is the product of lengthy negotiations and, I think, intelligent cooperation between the Congress and the executive branch of the Government.
I commend you, Secretary Coleman, as well as the Members of the Congress who participated, for your very farsighted and effective efforts.
This bill, fortunately, encourages the revitalization of our deteriorating rail freight system, both in the Northeast as well as nationwide. It provides badly needed financial assistance to help the railroads improve their physical plant and encourages the desired restructuring of our railroad system. It makes substantial improvements possible in rail passenger service in our densely populated Northeast section.
Congress, in approving this legislation, has taken a very fundamental step to restore the long-term economic health of this very essential and necessary part of our economic system.
The regulatory reform provisions in this bill are long overdue. Every President since Harry S. Truman, both Republican and Democratic alike, have called in vain for increased competition and reform in our regulated industries.
But the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act, which I am privileged to sign today, is the first significant reform of transportation regulation by any administration or any Congress.
I hope and trust that we will continue in other ways in regulatory reform. And I ask my friends in the Congress to cooperate in those instances as much as they did in this. I think it will be in the best interests of our regulated industries and, particularly, in the best interest of our consumers.
It is now my privilege and pleasure to sign this rather substantial document. [Laughter] And again, I congratulate Secretary Coleman and his staff, as well as the Members of the Congress who labored long and hard and effectively in the best interests of our Nation as a whole. I congratulate all of them.
Note: The President spoke at 2:05 p.m. at a ceremony in the East Room at the White House. In his remarks, he referred to Secretary of Transportation William T. Coleman, Jr.
As enacted, the bill (S. 2718) is Public Law 94-210 (90 Stat. 31).
Gerald R. Ford, Remarks Upon Signing the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/257421