I think the news about the gas truck explosion scared everyone. BART wasn’t that busy and, from what I’ve heard from coworkers, the roads were not too busy as well. I guess a lot of people did stay home or change their hours around to the non-busy times, as Caltrans recommended.
I understand that a lot of commuters are affected by this (a number given in one article says 75,000 directly use that route a day while 250,000 total people will be affected daily) but I still think too much of a big deal is being made on this.
I mean, the Governor declared this a state of emergency? Really? Ok, maybe that was the only way funds can be cleared fast to fix it, but it’s a bit dramatic.
“I’m mad,” one lady said (I don’t feel like putting her name here. I got it from an article and I wouldn’t want her to Google her name some time and end up here). “My life is upside down, and I don’t know how long it’s going to take.”
People are living in war ravaged countries and face the possibility of death every single day. If a bit of traffic is the only thing you have to worry about, consider yourself living a privileged life. Yeah, it’ll be a hassle for a lot of people, no question, but you just have to deal.