Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the importance of passenger rail service. If Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service were stopped, seven new lanes on I-95 would have to be built to accommodate daily passenger traffic, he said. Meanwhile, Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., questioned the feasibility of high-speed rail and suggested Amtrak be placed in the hands of a newly created government corporation. He envisions private investment for high-speed service.

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