WASHINGTON - The House Transportation Committee chairman is likely to soon introduce a multi-year funding bill that will propose major programmatic changes in the Transportation Department and create a new congestion-relief program with several bond components for 68 metropolitan areas, according to a handwritten outline recently presented to some key stakeholders.

The outline, scribbled by Rep. James L. Oberstar, D-Minn., "was given to select people - some members of Congress and others - personally by the chairman" but has not been provided to the press, said committee spokesman Jim Berard.

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