A Recipe for More Coastal Republicans

Josh Barro points us to a new report from David Edmondson and Marc Scribner on one of my favorite subjects — the fact that FRA regulations drive up the cost of U.S. passenger trains, which in turn makes passenger rail less competitive than it might be against other modes of intercity travel. U.S. left-liberals often romanticize rail travel, and in particular high-speed rail travel, while conservatives are often just as reflexively opposed. But this is one area where a focus on cost-effectiveness, regulatory burdens, etc., could change the conversation for the better.