The MTA is planning to increase subway fares yet again in 2013, but Stefanie Gray isn’t taking it lying down. In protest of the fourth fare hike in five years, the NYC straphanger is going to attempt to break the current Guinness record for fastest subway trip around the city tomorrow. To accomplish her task, Gray will need to visit all 468 NYC subway stations in less than 22 hours, 52 minutes and 36 seconds.
Tomorrow morning, Gray will hit the rails and begin her journey around the city’s subway system using her unlimited MetroCard. The Brooklynite won’t be using any technological gadgets to help her navigate her trip, and instead will rely on studying up on the MTA’s service announcements.
In order to beat the current record, Gray is leaning heavily on using buses between far apart stations, like in the Bronx. Her other options would be swiping in once and moving through the system that way, or walking between certain stations. Either way, she has her work cut out for her. Luckily, her day job as a campaign coordinator at Transportation Alternatives has prepped her to be a great contender to break the record.
Gray will begin her ultimate commute at noon at Penn Station, and will ride both local trains and express trains to complete her trip. Whether she breaks the record or not isn’t the point of her stunt. Rather, the trip’s goal will be to put pressure on Albany to release more money to the MTA, preventing another all-too-soon fare hike. To date, Transportation Alternative has collected 15,500 signatures in protest of the fare hike.
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