11 protesters arrested on Caltrain tracks
Eleven people were arrested on the Caltrain tracks Friday morning following several protests regarding the inauguration of President Donald Trump, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew.
Bartholomew said the transit service became aware of protestors standing on the tracks on 16th street near Mississippi Street at 8:39 a.m. and immediately halted service.
In photos posted to Twitter and other social media sites, protestors can be seen linking arms with PVC-pipe that has the word “RESIST” spray-painted on the pipes.
Bartholomew said normal service resumed at 11:30 a.m. after police cleared the tracks and that BART, SamTrans and Muni will continue to provide mutual aid for a short time.
The transit service said while they respect people’s right to peacefully protest, they want to stress that blocking the tracks is not only illegal but also very dangerous for both the trespassers and riders on the trains.
No plans have been made yet regarding service for the potential protests tomorrow during the Women’s March around the Bay Area, according to Bartholomew.
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