"Bay Area Rapid Transit Cuts Cell Phone Service To Avert A Protest."
via The Washington Post.
"In a statement released Friday, the government-run transit company said it allowed expressive activities, protected by the First Amendment in its public areas. But in the areas accessible to paid ticket passengers, it interrupted the phone to ensure safety for its customers and employees. “BART temporarily interrupted service at select BART stations as one of many tactics to ensure the safety of everyone on the platform,” the statement reads."
"The Christian Science Monitor reports that BART does not use jamming technology."
This is an outright lie. Once you are within 50 feet of the ticket machines, BART’s WiFi and mobile coverage takes over. One look at their PR spokesman’s face this morning was all that anyone needed to know, and by 10am, everyone at BART was pointing fingers at everyone else.
Another dumb move by a dirty regional agency which is rife with patronage and incompetence. If you don’t want protests, don’t manhandle and kill your passengers.