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April 30, 2007

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To everyone who has to get into San Francisco today from the East Bay: You have my sympathies.

Posted by john at April 30, 2007 11:01 AM

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Chang, the real O.C. | April 30, 2007 11:25 AM

What's f'ed up is I don;t see a thing about this on CNN or anything. One of my students had to tell me and I was shocked. It sounds awful.

John Scalzi | April 30, 2007 11:27 AM

It's on the CNN Web page. No one died, so it isn't news. Not yet, anyway. It'll become news when it takes people 7 hours to get into SF.

Chang, the real O.C. | April 30, 2007 11:30 AM

Oh, yeah. HEre it is. Ugh. What a nightmare. I feel for those people, I do. Sheesh.

Michael Rawdon | April 30, 2007 11:41 AM

Local news is reporting that the commute to SF is not so bad ("at least if you're coming from 880 or 580"). Since the section of bridge which collapsed is part of the 80-to-580 connector eastbound, the real fun will come when people have to leave the city this afternoon.

Makes me glad I'm a South Bay denizen; I take the Bay Bridge only once or twice a year.

This story was all over Bay Area television news as well as CNN yesterday.

Cheryl | April 30, 2007 11:53 AM

See, we let you into the Bay Area for a few days and look what happens! Is there no end to your trouble-making??? :-)

Steve Burnap | April 30, 2007 11:55 AM

No, no, getting *to* San Francisco is going to be a snap.


It's getting back out tonight that's going to be an adventure.


(For people who drove. Not me. I took the train like I always do. Thankfully, the train does not carry gasoline tankers.)

John Scalzi | April 30, 2007 11:58 AM

Sorry, Cheryl. I do try to keep my chaos trail to a minimum, but sometimes it gets away from me.

Patrick Shepherd | April 30, 2007 12:41 PM

My morning commute coming up 680 was a breeze, though I bet that if I had to go a little further north it would turn into a nightmare. The real trouble is that this is not going to get fixed overnight, and the cost will be significant - and money for repairs will be taken from other worthy transportation projects. We need that personal flying car!

J | April 30, 2007 01:50 PM

Here in good old Michigan, we've got decent weather. Of course, anyone who live here knows, nothing changes faster than Michigan weather.

Lenny Bailes | April 30, 2007 02:10 PM

BART appears to be free, today. (At least it was, this morning.)

Cheryl | April 30, 2007 02:20 PM

John - I shall put it down to an inspired piece of eco-terrorism on your part designed to encourage more people to ride the trains.

I should also say thank you for your consideration in only destroying the southbound link. Normally, of course, Kevin and I would always take the train into the City, but on Friday night we have to drive to Marin (Al Stewart concert). We are staying overnight in San Raphael, so going home the long way is no problem, and northbound, it appears, is OK.

Madeline F | April 30, 2007 03:09 PM

I drive past this every day on my way to work... And if I wanted to go to Berkeley or San Francisco. Went over and looked at it yesterday... Saw videos of clouds of flaming highway at the taqueria where I got dinner...

Anyway, thanks, John. This is going to suck. :(

Ron | April 30, 2007 03:19 PM

That is about a mile from my home. The helicopters overhead (presumably watching traffic) woke us before dawn today. All in all, though, considering the amount of damage 8,600 gallons of gasoline is capable of, we got off easy.

PixelFish | April 30, 2007 03:54 PM

I'd heard that Schwarzenegger was gonna lobby for a series of free days on the transit systems. (This also happens up to twelve or so times a year as Spare the Air days, so the conventions to get this thing going are already in place and the transit people know how to deal with 'em.)

BART is usually your best bet during crises like these. Reportedly, it was up and running within six hours of the Loma Prieta earthquake in '89. And they offered extended hours during the bridge work last year (when they closed one of the decks during weekends and evenings).

SF Gate's coverage of the accident can be found here, as well as a number of commuting options--ferry, BART, etc.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/04/30/MNGOLPI2HE1.DTL

Michael Rawdon | April 30, 2007 04:30 PM

Lenny: I think public transit to and from the city is free today, but I don't know whether they'll extend the courtesy past today. My guess is: Maybe for the rest of the week, but probably not beyond that.

MikeB | April 30, 2007 05:22 PM

Commuting - ah yes, I remember that. Another thing I don't miss in the slightest. I still work but within (very) easy walking distance of my home.

JJS | April 30, 2007 05:53 PM

Chanq -

I saw it on CNN headline news this morning and yesterday. I was sure glad I have no need to travel that route.

Alex R. | May 1, 2007 02:25 AM

What's really amazing is that the guy driving the truck got away with second degree burns. How can you still be walking around when your vehicle literally melted part of a freeway?

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