BART Protest Planned Tonight, But Don't Expect a Free Ride Home

BART protesters are prepping for another night of commuter grief, with plans to block the fare gates at the Powell Street station starting at 4:30 p.m.

The goal is to get the transit agency to open the swing gates, which means commuters would be able to ride for free. But BART officials are warning that no such thing will happen. What will happen is that protesters who are busted blocking the fare gates will be arrested, says Jim Allison, spokesman for BART.

“We are going to keep fare gates open and accessible for people who want to go home,” Allison told SF Weekly.

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