Subway Six hold the Record for Travelling the NYC Subway in the Shortest Time
on a Single Fare
On December 29, 2006,
after a 24 hour ride, the record for fastest per-navigation of the New York City Subway on a
single fare once again belongs to native New Yorkers. The
single fare record is officially known as the Class B record. A group of six classmates
from the Regis High School Class of 1996 - who represent all five boroughs
- broke the previous record by nearly 90 minutes.
At the time they also
set the Guinness World Recordô which allows exiting the system and
paying an additional fare. Because the Guinness rules allow for
exiting the system, significant time can be saved by exiting the
system at the end of long dead-end lines, rather than doubling
back. This being the case, holding both the Guinness and single
fare records at the same time was quite an impressive feat.
Thursday, December 28, 2006 at
3:43:06 PM ET at the Rockaway Park station in Queens
Friday, December 29, 2006 at
4:37:09 PM ET at the 241 Street station in The Bronx
Record Time: 24 hours, 54 minutes,
Previous Record : 26 hours, 21 minutes,
At the final
station on their journey: Bill Amarosa (front) with Brian Brockmeyer,
Stefan Karpinski, Andrew Weir, Jason Laska and
Boyle (left to
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New Guinness Record
January 22-23, 2009, Chris Solarz and Matt Ferrisi, completed a
full system run in 22 hours, 52 minutes. They beat the
existing record by 2 hours and 2 minutes. This margin was so
significant because they exited the system unlike the previous record
holders who completed the ride on a single fare.
impressive time will be the new world record when verified by
Guinness and we congratulate Chris and Matt on their
Subway riding is similar
to boxing in that there can be multiple champions at a
given time. This is not because there are different subway
record federations, but rather there are variations on the full system
There are two primary
variations which allow for four different records. One
difference between the records is whether the riders are required to
stop at each station on local trains or if they must only pass by each
station which allows riding of express trains. The second
difference is whether or not the challenge must be completed on a
single fare without exiting the system for any transfers.
The Guinness World
Record requires stopping at each station on local trains, but allows
riders to exit the system.
The record for stopping
at each station and not exiting the system is known as the
Class B Record.
The record for passing by each station and not exiting the
system is known as the Class C Record.
There is no classification for, nor are we aware of anyone having
attempted what would be the fastest of the four records which would
allow exiting the system and passing by each station.
The Class B and C
records were defined by the Amateur
New York Subway Riding Committee in 1966. Visit
this page for details of the record types.
three current subway riding records are:
B - 24 hours and 54 minutes - Bill Amarosa,
Michael Boyle, Brian Brockmeyer, Stefan Karpinski, Jason Laska and
Andrew Weir on December 29, 2006
C - 24 hours and 2 minutes - Matt Green and Don Badaczewski on
August 23, 2006
- 22 hours and 52 minutes - Chris Solarz and Matt Ferrisi on
January 23, 2009
Last updated: March
5, 2009 12:00 PM