WASHINGTON — The corridor between Washington, D.C. and Boston is ripe for public-private partnership rail development if the government gets behind it, transportation experts told members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Thursday.

The hearing, the last one for Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. as chairman, stemmed from longtime Republican concerns about the U.S. government’s heavy subsidy of Amtrak, which they contend serves as the country’s de facto national rail service.

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