MBTA rider wins Boston’s Rush Hour Race

Mahir Prakh won today's Rush Hour Race - he zipped from Davis Square to Dewey Square in just 25 minutes thanks to the MBTA. PHOTO: LIVABLE STREETS ALLIANCE
Mahir Praikh won today’s Rush Hour Race – he zipped from Davis Square to Dewey Square in just 25 minutes thanks to the MBTA. PHOTO: LIVABLE STREETS ALLIANCE

A driver, a bicyclist, a T rider, a runner and an in-line skater raced from Davis Square to Dewey Square during Tuesday’s morning rush hour to figure out the fastest way to get around Boston.

The winner may come as a shock to the ever-frustrated strapholder. The T rider won, followed by the in-line skater – yes, roller blades – then the cyclist, the runner and finally, the driver.

Victorious T rider Mihir Parikh took 25 minutes to travel the six miles from Davis to Dewey Square by means of the Red Line.

“When I walked into Davis Station I heard the announcement that next Red Line train to Braintree was arriving,” said Parikh, 24. “I booked it down the stairs, and barely made it in. It was pretty much a straight shot to South Station. No delays. That happens maybe once a week.”

When asked for comment, MBTA Spokesman Joe Pesaturo said, “Now you know why hundreds of thousands of people choose the MBTA each and every day.”

It took in-line skater John Wichers 28 minutes, cyclist Andrew Bengston 30 minutes, runner Joshua Grzegorzewski 39 minutes, and motorist Chris Heylin 50 minutes – twice as long as Parikh. They left Davis Square at 8 a.m., and took different routes.

LivableStreets Alliance and the Somerville Bicycle Committee hosted the race, which is in its second year, to raise awareness about investing in transportation options.

Kara Oberg, program manager for LivableStreets, said this year’s results highlight the need for dependable public transit.

“Having the MBTA win shows how vital our transit system is. Imagine if the T came on time everyday and never broke down?” said Oberg. “By investing in, and prioritizing transit, this could become commonplace.  By investing in transit,biking and walking, everyone’s rush hour commutes can improve.”

Last year, a cyclist took first place with a 20-minute ride from Redbones Barbeque in Somerville to Genzyme headquarters in Kendall square – less than four miles away. The T rider took second place last year, with a 29-minute journey, and a driver came in last, at 32 minutes. Roller blades were not in the equation last year.

Parikh said his victory shows that taking the T is the best mode of transportation for Boston-area residents.

“I beat the car by half the time and didn’t even break a sweat- mentally, physically or emotionally. That proves how much easier and relaxing it is to take the T rather than drive a car,” he said. “Obviously there are days where you get bad delays, and you’re going to get frustrated, but that could happen with any mode of transportation.”

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS

 


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Local

Bomb squad detonates backpacks left at Marathon finish…

The Boston Marathon finish line has been evacuated and the Copley Square T station has been closed as police investigate a suspicious package, WBZ is reporting.

National

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf…

By Jennifer SabaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As,…

Entertainment

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

Television

'Orphan Black' is back with 'crazy clone shenanigans'

“Orphan Black” is the little show that could. It had a few things working against it: a sci-fi premise, attracting an audience who had never…

MLB

MLB video highlights: White Sox beat Red Sox…

Red Sox fall on walk-off error to White Sox

NBA

NBA Draft Lottery day is May 20: Celtics…

NBA Draft Lottery day is Tuesday, May 20: Celtics percentage odds for a top overall pick

MLB

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be…

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet

NHL

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready…

Bruins - Red Wings preview: David Krejci ready to erupt once again in playoffs

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.

Tech

Google Glass finally goes on sale for regular…

The Google Glass finally went on sale for regular people. It only costs $1,500.