Unbridled state and local government use of private financing to improve the nation's highway network will result in a national transportation system of varying quality from region to region and will not solve mobility problems, a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee aide warned yesterday.

Unchecked use of public-private partnerships "fails to heed the lessons of the past and will lead to future balkanization of our transportation system," Art Chan, the aide, told those attending a P3 summit here sponsored by City & Financial, a British-based conference and publishing company.

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