WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing a proposal for a multi-year transportation bill that will talk about the importance of developing “institutional capacity” to support a national high-speed rail network, a federal rail official revealed Wednesday night at a conference here.

Speaking at the North America Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum here, Karen Hedlund, chief counsel for the Federal Railroad Administration, said that Obama’s multi-year transportation proposal will include a rail title that addresses developing a cohesive rail effort from the patchwork of stakeholders in the nascent U.S. high-speed rail sector.

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