In an audacious bid to catapult the United States into the future of green transportation, the Department of Transport has revealed plans for the Grand Trebuchet Network (GTN) – a series of medieval siege engines designed to fling commuters across cities, over mountains, and into their workplace parking lots with remarkable precision.

The revolutionary initiative comes as a response to the increasing dissatisfaction with traditional modes of public transport and the ever-growing concern for the environment. “Why build more roads and bridges when you can simply launch people to their destination using the tried and tested technology of the Middle Ages?” posited the Transportation Secretary during a press conference, where a scale model trebuchet launched a sack of potatoes through a second-story window in a dramatic demonstration of its potential.

The GTN promises to redefine the morning commute, enabling citizens to fly over traffic jams and bypass crowded subway trains. “Why spend hours in a car when you can experience the thrill of being hurled through the air at breathtaking speeds, enjoying a bird’s eye view of your city before landing, via parachute, mere steps from your office?” the Secretary mused, ignoring the muffled sounds of sirens responding to the potato incident.

Critics of the plan have been quick to voice their concerns, questioning everything from the safety measures in place for ‘passenger projectiles’ to the environmental impact of constructing giant wooden trebuchets in every major city. Naysayers have particularly highlighted the issue of ‘landing zones,’ sprawling areas in urban centers that must now be kept clear of buildings, vehicles, and pedestrians. The government, however, assures that these zones will double as parks and community gardens, “assuming they aren’t too cratered,” a spokesperson admitted under their breath.

The project has unsurprisingly found strong support among thrill-seekers and history buffs, with many already lining up to be among the first to be launched. “It beats getting stuck behind a bus any day!” exclaimed one enthusiastic future passenger, sporting a helmet and medieval tunic in anticipation.

Economic analysts predict that the Trebuchet Network could have a significant impact on local economies, with towns vying to be chosen as launch or landing sites. Meanwhile, the insurance industry has scrambled to create ‘Catapult Coverage’ policies, citing the increased risks of ‘accidental time travel’ and ‘unscheduled detours’ into neighboring states.

The first phase of the GTN is set to be completed by next April, with the inaugural launch aiming to send volunteer passengers from Washington, D.C. to neighboring Virginia. When asked about the possibility of missed targets, a project engineer assured, “We’ve done the math. Mostly. But, hey, that’s what the helmets are for!”

As America braces for this bold leap into the future, or possibly the past, one thing is clear: the morning commute will never be the same again. Whether the GTN will soar to new heights or come crashing down remains to be seen, but for now, the sky’s the limit.

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