English transit racer Adham Fisher, local teen blogger set MBTA record

Adham Fisher, 28, set a record on the MBTA Monday by riding all subway lines in just over 8 hours. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
Adham Fisher, 28, set a record on the MBTA Monday by riding all subway lines in just over 8 hours. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

An international transit racer and a Cambridge teen Monday set a new record by dashing through the MBTA subway system in the shortest amount of time ever recorded.

Adham Fisher, 28, of Leicester, England arrived in Boston late Sunday night to plan out Monday’s journey, which started around 7 a.m. He was joined by Miles Taylor, 13, who runs a transit blog called Miles on the MBTA.

The previous record was held by MIT students who finished the run in 11 hours and 48 minutes, according to Fisher, who aimed to finish in 6 hours and 30 minutes.

The final time was 8 hours, 5 minutes and 16 seconds, according to Fisher’s stop watch.

“It’s going slower than I wanted and anticipated, however I really didn’t know what exactly to expect,” said Fisher as he neared the end of the journey Monday afternoon.

At the end of the Red line in Mattapan, the MBTA presented Fisher with a certificate commending him for “promoting the use of public transportation by riding the entire MBTA rapid transit system in one day.”

“Mr. Fisher reminded everyone that the MBTA offers the easiest and most convenient way to get around Greater Boston,” MBTA Spokesman Joe Pesaturo said of the endeavor.

Fisher, who has attempted similar records in London, Chicago and New York City, said he is “not at all interested in transportation,” and that he wanted to set the record “for personal satisfaction.”

But for Taylor, 13, the challenge was personal. The teen blogger said he skipped a school field trip to join Fisher on what he dubbed the “ultimate MBTA adventure.” Although he was happy to set the record, Taylor said he may give it another go.

Fisher, left, and Miles Taylor, right. Photo via Miles on the MBTA.
Fisher, left, and Miles Taylor, right. Photo via Miles on the MBTA.

“I’m still very happy with the time, but the original plan was to do it even faster. It was mostly the Green Line, specifically the B branch, that slowed us down. It was being very annoying. There was a lot of bunching, and it was very crowded and going slowly,” he said.

Who knows; the transit-crazed teen might just have a future at the T.

“A lot of people ask me why I’m so interested in the (MBTA), and I really don’t know why. I guess I’m just hopelessly obsessed.”

Steven Beaucher of MBTAgifts in Cambridge, which made specialty shirts for the transit duo, tagged along for the last leg of the run.

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“I think it’s a pretty good bar to set. The comments on Twitter have been very Bostonian; at the very least intriguing,” said Beacher, adding that people had already been tweeting that they plan to beat the record.

“My favorite response so far was something along the lines of, ‘I’d rather eat glass than spend 8 hours on the T,’” Beaucher said.

Video: Fisher spoke to The  Morning Show Toronto in April. 

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