…where, I suspect, no one reads the comments because they are grayed-out.
As long as the protesters continue to use their BART disruption tactics, the main effect will be pissing-off people who depend on a quick and reliable means of transportation to get to and from work. These people DO NOT CARE about a one-time free ride; their transportation is already factored into their budget. Guess what — they will not be pissed-off at BART. They will be pissed-off at people who appear to not have any serious, daily responsibilities, yet feel a need to express their personal moral concerns at the expense of those who do.
Yes, children, you are costing BART money (guess where that money will be coming from), but you are costing workers — and your credibility — much more.
I am old enough to remember when protests were about something huge — bigger than big — like whether or not the USA should be building empire (or “guaranteeing” democracy, if you will) in South East Asia, and whether or not American youth should be enslaved by a military draft to enforce that policy. Well, we know how well that worked out. And now I see all this amazing technology being rolled-out by the current generation of protesters to demonstrate against the use of deadly force against one deranged hobo, and I think, “Holy shit! Why didn’t we have that stuff, back then? Why was it us against the machine, in those days? Why couldn’t it have been our machine against them, as it is now?”