BART ridership down Friday due to protest

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ByEric Thomas KGO logo
Friday, January 16, 2015
BART ridership down Friday due to protest
BART ridership was down 24,000 passengers Friday morning due to the protest. BART officials warned passengers in advance to consider alternative ways to get to work ahead of the planned demonstrations at downtown San Francisco BART stations.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Demonstrators shut down two San Francisco transit stations Friday morning and two people were arrested during a protest to bring attention to what they say are unfair charges against 14 activists accused of blocking rail service two months ago.

Bay Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Alicia Trost said the Montgomery and Embarcadero stations reopened after trains ran past the stops for a few hours Friday and snarled the morning commute.

Roughly 200 activists tried to overtake the system to protest what they call police brutality and pressure prosecutors to drop charges against 14 people arrested during a November demonstration tied to a police killing in Missouri.

For full coverage on the protests against police brutality, click here.