WASHINGTON — The public sector should provide 55% or 65% of high-speed rail costs through gasoline and other taxes, Richard Harnish, executive director of the Chicago-based Midwest High Speed Rail Association, said at a conference here Friday.

Harnish did not provide an exact dollar amount but said that percentage of investment would be necessary for successful public-private development of a high-speed rail network. He said the 55% or 65% estimate is based on a study conducted by French rail operator SNCF, which analyzed what would be required to develop rail with 220-mile-per-hour trains in the U.S. Midwest.

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