Monday, January 14, 2008

Riders Take Off Pants For 'No Pants Day'

SALT LAKE CITY - Dozens of people riding on TRAX on Saturday were caught with their pants down -- despite the January chill -- as part of a national stunt.

Riders were encouraged to ride light rail without pants in conjunction with a comedy organization based in New York City. 'Improv Everywhere' organized Saturday's event, which was part of a 10-city stunt designed to create unusual scenes and fun for riders of public transportation.

Improv Everywhere says nearly 1,000 people took part in Saturday's events around the world. Besides Salt Lake City, the "No Pants 2k8" train rides also took place in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Portland, OR, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, Adelaide, Australia and Baltimore, MD.

In New York City, pants-less riders navigated the city's vast subway system while amused commuters looked on. In Salt Lake City, riders boarded near the EnergySolutions Arena and traveled around the so-called "Free fare zone."

Utah Transit Authority did not sponsor or sanction the event in any way, but says the riders taking part in the public stunt were breaking no laws.

Pants-less riders were required to follow guidelines of dress to stay within the laws of public standards. Riders were asked to ride in their underwear, however no revealing attire -- like thongs or lingerie -- was allowed.

Formed in 2001, Improv Everywhere says its purpose is to cause scenes of chaos and joy in public places. This is the 7th straight year of the organization's "No Pants" train stunt.

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