April 29, 2009

FROM THE WAPO, More Murtha Earmark News. “Some locals call the Johnstown airport ‘Fort Murtha’ because of the steady stream of wartime projects announced at the facility. Although its runway is capable of servicing the largest airplanes in North America, the airport is used only by small commuter airplanes that make six trips a day back and forth to Dulles International Airport. Many of the commercial flights, which are subsidized by federal transportation dollars, carry only a handful of passengers. On a recent visit, all of the flights departing the airport were less than half-full, and one had only four passengers — screened by seven federal airport workers. All told, Murtha has steered about $150 million in federal funds to the airport. This spring, it was among the first four in the country to receive stimulus funds.”