Sound Transit not worried about pantless riders organizing for Sunday’s Link Rail trips

There's an unusual public stunt taking place Sunday, Jan. 9, on Sound Transit's Link Rail, but nobody seems to have their panties in a bunch about it.

There’s an unusual public stunt taking place Sunday on Sound Transit’s Link Rail, but nobody seems to have their panties in a bunch about it.

As they did last year, a group called Emerald City Improv is urging riders of the Light Link Rail to take a ride without their pants Sunday, Jan. 9. Of course, they are urging people to do it in tasteful undergarments.

Called the second annual “No Pants! Link Light Rail Ride,” the stunt is scheduled to take off (no pun intended) 3 p.m. at train station at Westlake Center in Seattle. However, another local outlet, the Waterland Blog out of Des Moines, is urging would-be riders to ride the train without trou the other way, heading north.

South Sound Transit doesn’t appear to be overly reactive about the stunt.

“They did it last year, and it actually came off very peacefully,” said transit spokesman Bruce Gray, speaking Friday afternoon.

Transit officials won’t be doing anything about the ride, “generally as long as they’re following the general code of conduct,” Gray said.

The other big item that needs to happen? “We make sure everyone has a ticket.”

Other than that, Gray noted, “We just try to let things run their course and move on.”

According to Emerald City’s Web site, the No Pants! Light Rail Ride is part of annual annual No Pants Subway Ride, which happens around the world Jan. 10. The quirky event was started by the New York City-based group Improv Everywhere, which bills itself as causing “scenes of chaos and joy in public places.”

The requirements for the local version of this ride are as follows:

1) Willing to take pants off on light rail

2) Able to keep a straight face about it (or at least try really hard)

3) Wear non-offensive underwear

4) Pay your fare

5) Bring a small bag or backpack to put your pants in during the event.

Emerald Improv also is promising to do some policing among its ranks: “You may NOT wear any revealing or “skimpy” clothes. If deemed too revealing, we will ask that you put your pants back on. This includes thongs, jock straps, ass-less chaps, whitey-tighties that can be seen through etc. Please use common sense,” the group posted on its Web site.

Check out last years media page:


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