WASHINGTON — Rail advocates are urging the federal government to partner with states to develop a national high-speed rail network. The partnership should be modeled after the Interstate highway system, and Washington should share the costs of projects and create a dedicated funding source similar to the federal highway trust fund, they told members of the House Transportation rail subcommittee Wednesday afternoon.

States can afford to pay 20% of the costs of developing a national high-speed rail network, but the federal government should contribute 80% to the effort, as currently happens with Interstate highways, Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi testified at a hearing held by the rail panel.

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