The Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976

After the popular Penn Central Transportation Company filed for bankruptcy, alongside other railroads, this reform established mass deregulation to provide funding to failing transportation industries. It was the first deregulation law in America for transportation followed shortly by more specific deregulations for airlines (Airline Deregulation Act of 1978) railroads (Staggers Rail Act of 1980) and all truckers (Motor Carrier Act of 1980).

Federal-Aid Highway Amendments of 1974

A precursor to a complete I-80 and mass deregulation where before had been monopolistic regulation, this act permanently implemented a national 55-mph speed limit for the Interstate Highway System. It also created the Federal Bridge Gross Weight Formula, which governed the weight-to-length ratio of trucks in order to protect highway bridges and infrastructure.