Boston Commuters Set World Record For Fastest Ride Through Every T Station
We’ve all heard the tragic story of Charlie — a man whose fate is still unlearned after riding the T, seemingly forever. But for two self-described “transit nerds,” traveling through every subway and streetcar stop on the MBTA for nearly eight hours has brought them a unique honor.
Dominic DiLuzio and Alex Cox rode all the lines — Green, Red, Blue and Orange — in their entirety in seven hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds back in August 2017. And on Friday, they received confirmation that they had officially been named Guinness World Record holders for riding the entire system faster than anyone’s ever ridden before.
“I was just so thrilled that the record was finally official,” Cox said. “It’s been a strange experience to just be riding the rails for the last year and a half and to know that we had done this awesome thing but that it wasn’t official yet.”
It took about a year and a half to solidify that record, but Cox says he understands why. The pair was required to thoroughly document their travels to prove their journey.
"... we are just two big transit nerds and we really just thought this would be a cool thing — both for us and to just show how awesome the T can be ..."Alex Cox
“Dom and I had to take pictures at every station that were time stamped, we had to record the entire seven and a half hour attempt and every time that we changed a battery on a camera, we had to keep a station log,” he explains.
Though being on the T for an entire day may sound like a nightmare for many of the city’s commuters, Cox says he and DiLuzio really enjoyed it.
“Strange as it may sound, Dom and I just truly really love the T,” he said. “I know that it has good days and bad days and a lot of people don’t share that sentiment, but we are just two big transit nerds and we really just thought this would be a cool thing — both for us and to just show how awesome the T can be, that you can ride from one corner of Boston to the other and go to all these far out places in just one day, in seven and a half hours.”