Most riders of the subway use it to get from Point A to Point B.
Some people actually enjoy riding it.
Jody Avirgan put it to the test.
The MTA claims that the longest ride is 38 miles from 241st Street in the Bronx to Far Rockaway. The Data News Team at WNYC Radio in New York City believed there was a longer ride. How long could one go in a continuous loop without riding the same segment twice?
One swipe is allowed. There can be unlimited transfers.
The Data News Team's website says 4 computers checked 200 billion possibilities. Someone submitted an even longer one.
Avirgan, who podcasts at FiveThirtyEight and also worked at WNYC, went for a ride last Thursday. He wanted to see if it could be done and he had some extra time.
He started at 8 a.m. from the Rockaways.
The trip was 154.6 miles long and required 54 transfers.
It took 13 hours and 48 minutes.