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Below are the six participants in in the October 2006 attempt at the Rapid Transit Challenge.  These six gentlemen all met during their freshman year at Regis High School, where there developed an intimate relationship with the NYC Subway system thanks to an average commute of over one hour each way to school.

Together they represent all five boroughs (plus New Jersey), and the locations listed next to their names show where they commuted from during high school.

The photos are their graduation photos from the 1996 Regis High School Yearbook.


Bill Amarosa - Queens

  • Home Station:  Middle Village - Metropolitan Ave on the Myrtle Avenue Line (M Train)

  • Why I'm doing this:  It's about time I do something with all of this subway knowledge

  • OccupationManaging Director of Customer Retention and Loyalty for Broadview Networks


Michael Boyle - Staten Island

  • Home Station:  77th Street on the Lexington Avenue Line (6 Train)

  • Why I'm doing this:  Even though we don't reach Staten Island, this is a great tour of the boroughs, and requires a lot less training than the marathon.

  • OccupationSenior Consultant for IBM Global Business Services


Brian Brockmeyer - Brooklyn

  • Home Station:  95th Street - Bay Ridge on the 4th Avenue Line (R Train)

  • Why I'm doing this:  The other guys promised there was a good bar at the last stop.

  • OccupationFinancial Analyst


Stefan Karpinski - Manhattan

  • Home Station:  1st Avenue - 14th St (L Train)

  • Why I'm doing this:  I've loved the NYC subway since I started riding it to go to Regis. I still love riding it - it makes me feel connected to the city.

  • OccupationPhD candidate in Computer Science


Jason Laska - The Bronx

  • Home Station:  Van Cortlandt Park - 242nd Street (1 Train)

  • Why I'm doing this:  I was always excited about Bill's idea to break the record, and jumped at the chance to be a part of the adventure.

  • OccupationIT Analyst for TEKsystems, Inc. working at National Grid


Andrew Weir - New Jersey

  • Home Station:  Borough Hall - Court Street, served by the 2, 3, 4, 5, M, N, R and W trains

  • Why I'm doing this:  I found the station optimization problem interesting, so I wanted to help out on making the route.  Once I spent all the effort doing that, I figured I might as well ride it and get my name on the record.

  • OccupationFreelance computer programmer, video game designer and aspiring chocolatier