Cheyenne WY, July 1, 2050: Today the Governor of Wyoming officially opened the last remaining section of the Wyoming Area Intrastate Public Transit Initiative (WAPITI) subway system.
During a debate in the US Senate in June 2008 concerning a bill to address global warming, a Republican Senator from Wyoming stated that traveling from Cheyenne to Casper to visit constituents was a very long drive. He added there is no public rapid transit system in Wyoming, as there is in Massachusetts. Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts was flabbergasted, as he could not believe that a "T" transportation system (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, 885 miles of track) did not exist in Wyoming!
Senator Kerry asked Congress to remedy this situation in Wyoming, by authorizing WAPITI to be 90% federally funded (10% of funding coming from the State of Wyoming) and that construction be initiated in 2009. Even the Republicans in Wyoming were happy, but skeptical about the cost!
Since a map of the 27,000 miles of roads in Wyoming appeared to resemble a Boston Metropolitan area subway map, the former was the selected route system. Conventional underground subway technology was mandated by Congress, so as not to spoil Wyoming's scenic beauty, even though it can't be seen from the subway. (Initial cost estimates were less than $5.5 Trillion ($200 Million per mile); final costs are unknown because of all the additional tunnel construction required through Granite Mountains.)
A Ford Motor Company spokesperson also announced today that the Ford Levitation Transfer Device (LTD) will go on sale tomorrow July 2, 2050. The Ford LTD seats four, runs on four Triple A batteries, can reach speeds of 60 mph and can go 500 miles on one set of batteries. When asked about WAPITI, the spokesperson would only speak off-the-record and not for the Ford Motor Company. "It seems that a donkey and a grey elephant, which were seeing pink elephants, created a white elephant with the name of an elk."