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Two men want to spend 8 hours on the T — on purpose

Rules implemented by Guinness officials state that in order to claim the title, the pair must use video cameras to document the journey in its entirety and have two witnesses and timekeepers present.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Commuters typically hustle to get off MBTA trains when arriving at a station, desperately trying to distance themselves from the packed cars, the mishmash of smells, and the squeal of brakes.

But not Boston residents Dominic DiLuzio and Alex Cox. They love everything about the MBTA.

“I’m a huge transit nerd,” admits Cox, 23. “I have been a big fan of the T for a long time, and I have collections of memorabilia from the MBTA gift store, and from going to garage sales and things like that.”

Same goes for DiLuzio.

“My interest has always been in the history of it,” he said.


On Friday, Cox and DiLuzio will take their infatuation with the region’s transit system to the next level. The pair is planning a Guinness World Records attempt, one that has never been on the books before: Riding to every MBTA station in the fastest time possible.

Guinness officials have set strict rules, and it might seem the odds — as anyone who has ever taken the T knows — are against them. They could run into delays, delays, and more delays.

“There are a lot of factors,” said Cox. “A lot of things could go wrong.”

According to the guidelines set out by the record-keeping organization, Cox and DiLuzio have 17 hours to complete the task, though they’re aiming for under eight hours to best the unofficial record held by people who have ridden the entire system just for bragging rights.

Under the rules handed down by Guinness, the pair must use video cameras to document the journey in its entirety. They must also have two witnesses who can attest to their attempt and two timekeepers who will start and stop the clock at the beginning and end of the trip.

They don’t have to get off at every stop, but need to ride through each station. Some stations will overlap, and they won’t need to visit them twice. They also don’t need to ride the Silver Line, and will stick only to the Red, Orange, Green, and Blue Lines, as well as the Mattapan Line.


Guinness officials confirmed this week that Cox and DiLuzio submitted an application for their attempt.

If they pull off the feat, they will claim the title of “Fastest time to travel to all Boston subway stations,” according to a Guinness spokeswoman.

The MBTA is also aware of the pair’s lofty ambitions, and has thrown its support behind them as they set out on their journey.

“It has generated attention on social media,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an e-mail. “The MBTA shares their enthusiasm for public transportation and wishes them the very best.”

The idea to attempt a new world record was first spawned two years ago, said DiLuzio.

While at a friend’s birthday party, DiLuzio got to talking with Tim Meagher, an acquaintance who in 2014 traveled across the entire MBTA system, stopping at each station, in just under eight hours.

Meagher was motivated by an earlier attempt in 2013 by Adham Fisher, a British transit enthusiast who came to Boston and rode the Red, Green, Blue, and Orange lines to every stop in 8 hours, 5 minutes, and 16 seconds, according to Boston magazine.

“Tim Meagher’s reason to do it was because a British guy had done it, and he felt someone from Boston should have that record,” said DiLuzio, who runs the Twitter account @CharlieontheMTA.


“It got me thinking, ‘I should do that,’” he said. (A third person claims to have beat Meagher’s time this year, which has also fueled DiLuzio’s desire to be the best).

When DiLuzio finally got the list of guidelines from Guinness, he realized that he couldn’t pull it off alone. He turned to Cox, whom he met through transit-related discussions on social media, for help.

“Alex and I had been talking via Twitter, so I asked him if he wanted to come along,” said DiLuzio. “And so he is.”

After months of planning together, Cox and DiLuzio met this week at a bar to map out the final details of their master plan. They will meet at least one more time ahead of Friday’s excursion, they said.

Cox said they plan to start the journey as some of the first trains begin rolling, around 5:24 a.m. They will begin at the Red Line’s Alewife station, and from there spend the day switching trains, running from station to station, and hopping buses to make transfers to other stops before concluding the voyage at the Blue Line’s Wonderland stop. The goal is to finish just before 12:30 p.m.

While the title will be nice, Cox said there’s another reason he hopes the pair can accomplish their mission: bringing another championship to the city.

“I am hoping this will bring some pride to the citizens of Boston, to have some pride in their transit system,” he said. “There’s so much history to it, and that’s what Dom and I bonded over — the shared love of the history.”


Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.