Recent protests against Bay Area Rapid Transit have not only been taxing on commuters but also on the transportation agency itself, which paid personnel about $300,000 for working overtime during five protests in July and August, according to Bob Franklin, president of BART’s Board of Directors, The Bay Citizen reported Tuesday.
Protests began after an incident on July 3 when BART police fatally shot a homeless man named Charles Hill, after he allegedly attacked them with a knife.
Protests escalated Aug. 11 when BART temporarily shutdown cell phone service in downtown San Francisco stations for three hours to thwart a planned effort by protesters to communicate their strategy.
The last protest Monday showed significantly smaller numbers maxing out at about 40 protesters, including members from No Justice No Bart and Anonymous, according to BART spokesperson Luna Salaver.
Franklin said he thinks that instead of protesting and inhibiting commuters from going home, protesters should bring their complaints to the BART board meetings.