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BART trains, stations stay open throughout protest

August 29, 2011 |  9:30 pm

Although transit officials warned Bay Area travelers about protests that could disrupt train travel through downtown San Francisco on Monday night, the evening commute went off with little difficulty.

The protests against the Bay Area Rapid Transit District began about 5 p.m. as expected; it was the third round of demonstrations in the last three weeks, stemming from the July 3 fatal shooting of an intoxicated, knife-wielding transient by a BART police officer.

Although several dozen protesters gathered at the Civic Center BART station and marched along busy Market Street, BART officials said that all stations stayed open and all trains ran on time.

No damage or injuries were reported.

BART police arrested two people for marching into the paid area of the Embarcadero Station, where demonstrations are prohibited.


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-- Maria L. La Ganga in San Francisco