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Friday, January 16, 2015

Spoon-Banging Protesters Close Two BART Stations (Update)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 7:14 AM

Update 9:45 a.m.: Things are slowly getting back to normal. According to BART, there's a 15-minute delay systemwide due to all that protesting from this morning. But don't worry, you will get to work, eventually. 

Update 9 a.m.: Okay, so the good news is that Montgomery Street Station is open, but now the Powell Street station is closed — as is Embarcadero. BART issued the following statement now: "Due to a civil disturbance in downtown San Francisco, station stops are changing moment by moment. Some trains may not stop at certain downtown stations. Please listen carefully to your train operator's announcements for up to the minute service details. MUNI is providing mutual aid for the downtown area."

Original Story 7:30 a.m.: Police and pretty much everyone at BART have been waiting for this moment: Protesters have reportedly ruined the morning commute. 

Protesters vowed to shut down the BART station at 7 a.m. sharp (although they were a little late this morning) as part of the #Blacklivesmatter movement. Commuters braced themselves all week, planning for a Friday from hell, which protesters have dubbed #BlackFriday.

And from what we're hearing, BART kicked commuters out of the Montgomery Station. So protesters marched to  the Embarcadero Station which is also now closed "due to civil disobedience."

"Due to a civil disdurbance at Montgomery Station, trains will not stop at Montgomery Station.Please seek other forms of transportation if traveling to Montgomery Station. There is a station closure at Embarcadero due to a civil disturbance," the transit agency said in a statement. 

And nothing to do with this protest, there are some delays (about 10-15 minutes) due to equipment problems on BART.

Check Back for updates.  

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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