Originally Posted by ColDayMan
Naturally, the only reason you were almost arrested back in 2005 was because two other, you know, darker forumers were with you.
Those were the days. A PAT down!
I almost was arrested in 2006, and I was by myself and I'm about as pale as they get. Before coming to Pittsburgh I emailed PAT customer service asking if photography was permitted, and didn't get a reply. When I arrived, I stopped at the customer service office on Mellon Square and asked if there were any restrictions on photography in the stations, and no one there knew of any. In Steel Plaza Station I scouted the whole area looking for a sign. There were plenty about No Eating, No Drinking, No Loud Radios, etc., but nothing about photography. I got off two discreet shots while standing well out of the traffic path and not using a flash, and a cop about a head taller and a hundred fifty pounds heavier than me was in my face. He demanded my ID, told me to take it out of my wallet and hand it to him, and then held it while he radioed someone to run a check on me. I've often wondered if I'm on some list somewhere as a result of that incident.
I told him I had checked every resource I could find, and no one said I couldn't take photos. He said photography on PAT property was by permit only, and only when accompanied by a PAT media relations person, and that I could stand anyplace outside property boundaries and take all the photos I want and they couldn't stop me, but I was subject to arrest for photographing on PAT property. There are security cameras all over those stations, so I didn't try again in the subways although I shot quite a few at surface stations and wasn't bothered.
The Smithfield Street Bridge in May 1985, before the subway opened:
The last I knew, the rent-a-cops at the PPG building will go nuts on you even if you're standing across the street on public property when you take a photo.