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1976

Congress Passes 4R Act

The 4R Act began deregulation of U.S. railroads and provided funding to help the ailing Northeast passenger rail system. It directed the ICC to reduce rail regulations (the ICC failed to comply) and authorized the first rail service contracts.

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The 4R Act also included a provision for the first Rails-to-Trails Grant Program. The program created funding and technical assistance to convert abandoned rail lines into biking and hiking trails, while preserving the still-important routes for future use.

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