What SEPTA thinks of No Pants Subway Ride

With Philly’s third annual No Pants Subway Ride coming up on Sunday, we gave SEPTA’s Director of Media Relations Jerri Williams a call to ask about the agency’s position was on the pantsless public transit event.

“Last year was the first time we heard about it. We Googled it online and talked to our police chief and it was decided that, as long as everyone was respectful to our passengers, that it was not something that would get out of hand,” said Williams, who looked at how the ride played out in other places before coming to a decision.

“It seemed that it this event had taken place in other cities, both here
in the United States and overseas, and it had not caused any disturbances to public
transportation, so we assumed that the people of Philadelphia would also be able to handle
the fun event in a respectful manner. We made our officers aware of it and that we were not going to stop people who were going to participate.”

Williams has no regrets about the decision. “I think it worked out fine. It was a funny event that some people in the city participated in and they did not take it to a point where it was affecting our other passengers or our service and therefore, we allowed them to have their fun.”

“We were very pleased that we were able to do it and that it did not come to any issues or problems except for a little laughter and probably some embarrassing comments now and then. Other than that, it didn’t seem like it was something that we needed to interfere with.”

But as far as this year, Williams said that, as of late Wednesday afternoon, she had not yet been notified of Sunday’s event, responding with, “Oh, it’s that time of year again?” Now that she is aware, she is taking action. “I will notify operations and police staff so they’re aware we will have people on the train who are – let’s just say not properly dressed for the weather,” she said.


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