MBTA rider wins Boston’s Rush Hour Race
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.”