NEW YORK – The chairman of the House Transportation Committee says he’ll no longer demand the government take away the Washington-to-Boston train line that is Amtrak’s crown jewel.

U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., had wanted to put the Northeast Corridor’s tracks under control of the U.S. Department of Transportation or a new government-created corporation, then allow a private company to develop high-speed rail service on the route. But on Tuesday, he said fellow members of Congress had balked at the plan and it was holding up high-speed rail efforts.

“I’m willing to compromise,” he said.

Mica was in New York on Tuesday to speak to the U.S. High Speed Rail Association, a trade group that wants to build train systems capable of 225 mph like the ones in Europe and Asia.