A fare-hike protest that began outside the Park Street T stop this evening ended at Chinatown station on the Orange Line, where 25 protesters held open the fare gates on the inbound side and cheered when maybe 10 people went through the open gates - although some pressed their Charlie Cards to the readers anyway.
An MBTA CSA stood discretely in the distance as the evasion went on. An Oak Grove train came into the station and the protesters got on. Just as the train pulled out of the station, a contingent of T cops arrived.
To get from Park Street to Chinatown, the protesters marched through Downtown Crossing. At Washington and Winter, they briefly stopped to protest. "Mic check!," one woman yelled. "Downtown Crossing, are you listening?" For the most part, no, Downtown Crossing wasn't listening; people just continued on their way.