I know the media wasn't paying attention but the tea party started under Bush with the creation of the homeland security. So a lot of people "on the right" are motivated by principle and not the color of the president's skin.
All these fixed infrastructure ideas fail at the first and last mile. Trains, busses and the like only run on their schedule not yours. These solutions might see a resurgence if they can run on request and the self driving car can solve the first/last mile problem.