WASHINGTON — James H. Burnley IV was sworn in as secretary of transportation Thursday, and President Reagan exhorted him to continue the Administration's program "to return control to the private sector."
"Jim shares my vision of a transportation policy that will remove public barriers to the private sector so it can provide the transportation service that America needs," Reagan said at a brief White House ceremony.
"Much has been done to continue deregulation of these industries, particularly in the airline, railroad and trucking industries, but there is even more to be done in the next 14 months to return control to the private sector."
Burnley was sworn in by Judge Kenneth Starr in the Roosevelt Room down the hall from the Oval Office.
Burnley, in his response to the President's remarks, said: "America's economy and its ability to compete in world markets depend on a dynamic and growing transportation industry."