WASHINGTON — The development of a 17,000-mile national high-speed rail network would cost $600 billion, or $30 billion per year through 2030, Andy Kunz, president and chief executive officer of the U. S. High Speed Rail Association, said here at a conference yesterday.

Kunz’s estimate seems to put into context — and illustrate the meagerness of — the $8 billion that Congress provided for high-speed rail in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act enacted in February.

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