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The 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.

  • Start:  Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 3:43:06 PM ET at the Rockaway Park station in Queens

  • Finish:  Friday, December 29, 2006 at 4:37:09 PM ET at the 241 Street station in The Bronx

  • New Record Time:  24 hours, 54 minutes, 3 seconds

  • Previous Record :  26 hours, 21 minutes, 8 seconds 

At the final station on their journey:  Bill Amarosa (front) with Brian Brockmeyer, Stefan Karpinski, Andrew Weir, Jason Laska and Michael Boyle (left to right)

For media requests, please contact Bill Amarosa at or 646-879-4795

New Guinness Record Pending Confirmation

On 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.

This impressive time will be the new world record when verified by Guinness and we congratulate Chris and Matt on their accomplishment.

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 challenge.

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.

The three current subway riding records are:

  • Class B - 24 hours and 54 minutes - Bill Amarosa, Michael Boyle, Brian Brockmeyer, Stefan Karpinski, Jason Laska and Andrew Weir on December 29, 2006

  • Class C - 24 hours and 2 minutes - Matt Green and Don Badaczewski on August 23, 2006

  • Guinness - 22 hours and 52 minutes - Chris Solarz and Matt Ferrisi on January 23, 2009

Last updated: March 5, 2009 12:00 PM