Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell, a leader of a coalition calling for increased federal funding for infrastructure, said yesterday that he plans to invite the candidates for president to discuss their infrastructure plans in order to raise awareness of the issue after the primary elections.

"Once there are two candidates, we are going to try to get infrastructure high on the radar screen," Rendell told state and local transit officials attending the American Public Transportation Association's legislative conference here. "We are going to try to [hold] a national infrastructure forum - not a debate - and have each candidate come and talk for a half hour on their plans for infrastructure."

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