This article made my blood boil. In this age of runaway government spending, this is a prime example of how incredibly trapped we are as a nation that allows this kind of waste. It's sad to see that this is in the airline transportation sector where the money for this unnecessary airport could go to so many other air transport infrastructure needs.
atcsundevil From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 1230 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2052 times:
This has been in the news on and off for years. It was just after "the bridge to no where", so it became "the airport for no one".
Someone may know better, but I don't think it qualifies for EAS funding anymore under the new guidelines in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. So this shouldn't be a money pit for much longer, which means Colgan will stop flying and it'll be a really fancy GA airport.
apodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4317 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2044 times:
Back when the news outlets broke this story years ago when John Murtha was still alive, Republicans offered an amendment on the house floor to strip funding for this as a way of curbing pork barrel spending. Of course it failed on a party line vote, which means that the democrats didn't have the guts to take on a senior member of their leadership. This is what is wrong with washington, period.
tharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1867 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1670 times:
Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 1):
The Democrat from Penn gets his airport while the Republican from Georgia gets his interchange.
You don't have to even go that far. Bud Shuster, republican also from Western PA, was a king of pork spending on transport - he chaired the relevant committee, so he had power there. championed funding for another questionable airport, Bedford County.