Infrastructure finance experts and high-speed rail advocates are largely united in the belief that public-private partnerships are the way to finance ambitious bullet train plans, but uncertain federal policy and public hesitancy continue to hamper efforts to find the right model.

The U.S. High Speed Rail Association’s two-day summit in Washington on Monday brought together executives from Amtrak, the nation’s state-supported rail service provider, as well as infrastructure finance scholars and mass transit interest groups. The theme that emerged was that high-speed rail development is crucial for reducing congestion and improving the U.S. economy, but funding is currently highly problematic.

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