After yesterday's literal meltdown of key freeways serving the San Francisco Bay Area because of a freak gas-tanker explosion, the focus today is on how the Bay Area's strong public transit system will pick up the slack.
Which begs the question: What does your metro region look like if a similar manmade or natural disaster strikes your freeway system?
There will be free rides on all public transit today, as Gov. Schwarzenegger pitched in $2.5 million in funding to reimburse transit agencies.
The Bay Area has some of the highest public transit ridership rates in the nation, along with metro areas and cities such as New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
But what happens if a key interchange or highway system (New Orleans) is taken out of metro areas with little or no public transit in place? Does the Governor of Indiana make an announcement that all gasoline will be free so the people of Indianapolis can still get to work despite gridlock? Does Arlington, Texas, with zero public transit, just let people stay home from work or school until the problem is fixed?