DALLAS, TX – The city leaders of Dallas and Fort Worth have switched directions in their pursuit of relieving traffic congestion in the metroplex. After proposals for modern streetcars and commuter rail lines had been considered, in the end both cities switched to investing in skyscraper zipline transportation.
The new ziplines cross between a number of downtown buildings in Dallas and Fort Worth, accommodating commuters who need to cross from the top story on one building to a lower story on a neighboring building. The ziplines can accommodate literally dozens of people over the course of a day, leading to a statistically insignificant decline in traffic.
“These ziplines are perfect for commuters. Once you’ve climbed to the launch point, put on the harness, and hooked up to the line, your hands are free for reading the paper or drinking your morning coffee for about a minute,” said one Fort Worth city councilmember.
“All the big cities are going this direction; everything will be zip lines. Portland doesn’t even have streets anymore, just ziplines.”
Zipptech, the provider of the zipline technology in use, provided the cities with transportation studies on how much traffic reduction could be expected.
“I told them one person zips at a time, no exceptions. I don’t know about traffic reduction, I just know I got an order for a shitload of ziplines,” said Zipptech’s owner Micah Brenner.
Some public watch groups, however, feel the ziplines leave too many citizens out.
“What about people that are scared of heights? These ziplines don’t address the needs of our citizens,” said concerned citizen Sara Lovett.
When confronted with the issue, a Dallas city official said, “That’s fair. I’m a little scared to use them myself. They’re not exactly the safest things in the world.”