WASHINGTON — House Transportation Committee chairman John Mica wants to take the Northeast rail corridor away from Amtrak and privatize most of it to get true high-speed rail service — trains that can travel at 220 miles per hour.

The Florida Republican held a hearing Thursday to present his plan and to examine other ideas for bringing private money into upgrading the 437-mile railroad from Washington to Boston. Committee members said they favor bringing in private money, but disagreed on how to do so.

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