Monday, 30 April 2007

8,000 Gallons of Gas Melts Overpass

Click the picture for a link to the SF Gate article.

Over $30,000 worth of unleaded fuel does over $10,000,000 worth of damage and ties up traffic for months. Now that's a bad day at the office, eh? Or in this case, behind the wheel of your tractor-trailer. Solely the driver sustained injuries, which is incredible. Had this happened during rush hour it would have been absolute carnage.

I wonder why these big rigs are even allowed on such roads. Freight rail surely would be better. I don't wish to place the blame here, since mistakes are made and tragedies occur regardless of whether or not the best plans are laid out. However, this should just go to show how very tenuous conditions are. All it takes is one sleepy driver. Actually, I am constantly amazed that the world seems to work most of the time considering how we seldom bother to do our homework.

Our Governator's answer: Free rides on public transit tomorrow. That's a great idea. Why don't we make public transit free? The fares that are collected only pay a fraction fo what it actually costs to run, and the entire fare collection process and bureaucracy behind it just serve to slow down service and penalise or hinder ridership.

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