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THE RECORDS IN BRIEF

The Guinness World Record and the Amateur New York Subway Riding Committee Class B Record of 24 hours, 54 minutes, 3 seconds was set by Bill Amarosa, Michael Boyle, Brian Brockmeyer, Stefan Karpinski, Jason Laska and Andrew Weir on December 28-29, 2006.  Those rules treat each station in a multi-station complex as a separate station (there are 468 in the system) and they require riding local trains that stop at every station.

The Amateur New York Subway Riding Committee Class C Record of 24 hours, 2 minutes was set by Matthew Green and Donald Badaczewski on August 23-24, 2006.  The Class C rules are less time-consuming as they treat multi-station complexes as one station (there are 424 in the system) and allow passing through stations by using express trains.  Their record is not the Guinness Record, nor did Matt and Don ever intend it to be when they set out on their journey.

Both the Class B and C Amateur New York Subway Riding Committee rules require the journey to be made on a single fare while the Guinness rules do not.

There are rules for a Class A Record for "Covering All Lines" as defined by the Amateur New York Subway Riding Committee, however we are not aware that such a journey has ever been completed or attempted.  The qualifications for such a journey state that "during the run, the contestants making the run must traverse completely at least once each segment of right-of-way of the Transit Authority system."  Please visit the Amateur New York Subway Riding Committee for more information about the rules for a Class A Record.


CLASS B vs. CLASS C RECORDS

Below are descriptions of the two differences between the Class B and Class C records along with examples to help clarify the rules:

RULE: Treat each station in a multi-station complex as a separate station (Class B) vs. treat all stations in a multi-station complex as only one station (Class C).

EXAMPLE: Times Square (5 stations) and Grand Central (3 stations) are both multi-station complexes.  Under the Class B rules you would need to ride the S  shuttle train between these two stations, while under the Class C rules you would be allowed to bypass the shuttle because those two stations would be covered by passing through those multi-station complexes on different lines.

RULE: It is necessary for a train to stop at the station for the visit to count (Class B) vs. you can pass through stations by using express trains.

EXAMPLE: When riding from Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall to 125 St, under the Class B rules you would be required to ride the 6 local train (or the 4 when it operates overnight) to get credit for visiting all 20 stations on that ride, while under the Class C rules you would be allowed to ride the 4 or 5 express train which makes only 6 stops along the ride. 

The Guinness / Class B rules are obviously more time consuming, and as a matter of comparison, the record holders for the Guinness / Class B Record made 75 transfers during their journey, while the Class C Record holders made 63 transfers.


STATION LISTS

So now you understand the differences between the two records, but where do you find a list of all the stations?  If you download the attachment at the end of this section, you will have the full 468 station list that you need for to set the Guinness / Class B record.  That same file also highlights which stations are considered a part of multi-station complexes so you know which 424 stations / complexes to visit if you want to attempt a Class C record.

Here is a table that highlights the multi-station complexes in the system and how many stations are considered a part of each complex.

Complex Stations
Times Square 5
Fulton St/Bway-Nassau 4
Canal St 4
Union Sq 3
Grand Central 3
Chambers/Park Pl/WTC 3
Broadway Junction 3
Borough Hall/Court St 3
Atlantic/Pacific 3
14St/6-7 Avs 3
Roosevelt Av/74 St 2
Myrtle/Wyckoff 2
Lorimer/Metropolitan 2
Lex Av-59 St 2
Lex Av-51 St 2
Herald Sq 2
Franklin/Fulton 2
Franklin/Botanic Garden 2
Essex/Delancey 2
Columbus Circle 2
Chambers/Bklyn Bridge 2
Bway-Lafayette/Bleecker 2
62St/New Utrecht 2
42 St/5-6 Avs 2
23St/Court Sq 2
168th Street 2
161St-Yankee Stadium 2
149St/Gr Conc 2
14 St/8 Av 2
9 St/4 Av 2
30 Complexes 74 Stations

Click here to download a complete list of station and station complexes


SKIPPING STATIONS

If you are attempting a Class B record, it is important to note that all 468 stations in the system are not always open at the same time, but your route must be designed to accommodate such circumstances.  Below is a list of requirements for ensuring that you visit all stations.

  • Stations closed for long-term constructions projects - currently includes Cortlandt Street (RW line) for Fulton St Transit Center construction and Cortlandt Street (1 train) for WTC redevelopment - these stations may be passed through without stopping.

  • Part-time stations (currently 148 St and 145 St/Lenox on the 3 train; Times Square and Grand Central on the 42 St Shuttle; and Fulton St and Broad St on the J/M/Z line) - these stations must be visited during the hours when service is operating and stopping there.

  • Seasonal stations (currently includes Aqueduct Racetrack on the A train) - these stations must be visited during the days and hours when service is operating and stopping there.

  • Stations closed for temporary scheduled service diversions - these stations must be visited during hours when they are open; if they are closed in one direction, you must ride in the direction making all stops, even if it adds doubling-back.

  • Trains may bypass stations to catch up to schedule - you must de-board and wait for the next train making all stops.

  • Trains may bypass stations due to unplanned or emergency situations - these stations may be passed if you determine by listening to announcements or asking train crews or other officials that the change affects all trains (i.e., waiting for the next train will not allow you to stop at the station).

  • Route segments may be closed due to an emergency - if the disruption is expected to be brief, you should wait until it clears; if it is extended, you may attempt to change your route so you can cover the disrupted segment later.


GUINNESS RESPONSE ON STATION COUNT

The second

 item in the list of the official Guinness Guidelines reads as follows:

It is only necessary to visit all the stations on the network, not to travel every stretch of line.  Thus, if a station is served by more than one line it is not necessary to visit that station on each line.

The second sentence leaves some room for questioning whether each station in a multi-station complex should be treat as a separate station.

We made an enquiry to Guinness to clarify this question and actually only got a reply on the morning of our record setting journey.  We were planning on visiting all 468 stations anyway, but it was a relief to know we weren't doing that in vain.

-----Original Message-----
From: crm@guinnessworldrecords.com
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2006 6:32 AM
Subject: Guinness World Records - Tracking ID ####

Claim ID: ######
Membership Number: ######

Dear Mr. Amarosa,

Thanks for your enquiry.

All 468 stations should be visited.

Many thanks

Yours sincerely,
Sophie Whiting
Guinness World Records


BATHROOMS

Bathroom breaks are certainly necessary during a 24 hour subway ride, and we found that the MTA was willing to provide restroom information for us.  Please contact them mta_nyc@custhelp.com at for the most up-to-date list.  We would happy to let you know the restrooms we found during our attempt, please contact us at news@rapidtransitchallenge.com.