Thank the city government for your newly extended commute.

Kansas City, MO this week begins a 8-year plan to extend three major routes by an average of 12 miles each, in an effort to offset a declining budget.

“Tax revenues on fuel are way down in recent years,” Kansas City Budget Officer Scott Huizenga says.  “Vehicles are more efficient, and people just aren’t commuting in their cars anymore.  We had to do something to increase our revenues.”

The plan increases travel for the 280,000 vehicles per day an average of 12 miles, which should increase fuel consumption, and in turn raise over $3 million in tax revenues.  And drivers are not happy.

“I might as well move to the other side of town,” one motorist said.  “That, or get another job.  Who’s got time for this?”

The project has raised the eyebrows of some environmental activists as well, who have been lobbying for years to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels.  None could be reached for comment, because communication devices contain plastic and precious metals so they are banned in the environmentalist community.

So are more cities on board?  Are more coming next?  We’ll keep you updated as we find out.

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