Despite public opposition, Bay Area Rapid Transit board approves $20 million in surveillance upgrades

StateScoop: "Opportunistic" was the repeated accusation leveled at the board of the San Francisco area's public-transit system at a public meeting Thursday to determine whether a suite of security proposals totaling more than $28 million should move forward.

The board of directors for Bay Area Rapid Transit, who accelerated work after three homicides last month, concluded more than four hours of discussion by approving the two largest proposals of 12 brought forward by BART General Manager Grace Crunican. They shelved several other proposals, waiting until more public input can be gathered from districts outside of the region's urban core.

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