Not all earmarks fund bridges to nowhere. In fact, more than $10 million has been designated for a train from Lancaster to Harrisburg, said John Ward, president of Modern Transit Partnership, the group leading the Corridor One rail project.
“For a project like ours, that’s the only way we can get money, is earmarks,” he said. “All of a sudden earmarks become bad. Well, probably 90 percent of them are very valuable.”
Also known as “The train no one will ride,” Corridor One is a bondoogle, and it isn’t surprising at all that the only way it will get money is earmarks, as no competitive grant program – state or federal – would ever consider it a worthy project.