BART riders may be in for a surprise Sunday when groups of people without pants get on some San Francisco-bound trains as part of a event staged in several cities around the country by an improvisational comedy group.

The ninth-annual No Pants! Subway Ride is scheduled for Sunday afternoon and is being organized by Improv Everywhere, a New York-based organization.

The group, which pulls pranks and holds impromptu gatherings in various places, says on its Web site that the goal is to “bring excitement to otherwise unexciting locales and give strangers a story they can tell for the rest of their lives.”

The prank artists plan on acting normally, and not interacting with any of the other pant-less riders in an attempt to confuse other passengers on the train who are not in on the joke.

Along with New York City and San Francisco, similar events are planned in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

The San Francisco event is scheduled to begin at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders will get on BART trains from the East Bay and the Peninsula and travel toward San Francisco.
The trains will both arrive at the Embarcadero station around 2:15 p.m.

Vivek Ramachandran, an organizer for the San Francisco event, said more than 300 people rode BART without pants at last year’s event, and he expected more people this year.

He said when the group got onto the train they were met with “surprised responses, some laughter, and most people were very inquisitive.”

He said while most people wore boxers, some had “somewhat questionable apparel.”

BART spokesman Linton Johnson said event participants should be careful not to break any laws with their choice in clothing, or lack thereof.

“There are little kids and little grannies on BART,” Johnson said. “It’s called indecent exposure, so keep your pants on, or you might get arrested in your undies.”

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  • irrelevance

    “There are little kids and little grannies on BART,” Johnson said. “It’s called indecent exposure, so keep your pants on, or you might get arrested in your undies.”

    Why does BART’s spokesperson insist on talking to the mature voting public like we’re in second grade? I think most people know the difference between a no-pants ride in boxers and a ride while wearing a thong.

  • sunshipballoons

    it’s hard to tell in writing, but most likely Johnson was attempting to be a bit ironic about a silly situation.

  • dantsea

    yeah… that seems like a very srs bznz comment for Linton who normally seems to “get” stuff like this. This isn’t the first pantsless BART he’s been around to witness, he knows how it works. Perhaps it was meant more as a warning for the legendary One Idiot Who Has To Go A Step Further And Ruin Everything that such events inevitably attract?

  • avidd

    Since BART authorities generally don’t overreact to harmless fun, I’m guessing Johnson is being quoted out of context for the sake of a better headline.

    The writer should have checked their facts.
    A quick net search reveals all you ever wanted to know about California indecent exposure laws, and why walking around in underwear generally does not qualify:

    And a little more searching will turn up many instances where full nudity is proclaimed legal in San Francisco:

    I don’t see anything news worthy about it.

  • kl2real

    Well it’s BART Police, so they’ll probably just kill someone to make a point. That will teach us.

  • Matt Baume

    The little kids and grannies are more than welcome to join in the pantslessness.