Back when I lived in a Washington, DC, group house in the mid 2000s, several of my roommates and I were fascinated by the Missed Connections section of Craigslist. We, in our youthful naivete, wondered whether it possible that your soul mate could be somebody you eyed for a moment on the train or the bus.
Of course, this is not such an outrageous, or unoriginal, idea. Movies set both locally (see Metro Transit Flicks winning film “The Heartbeat of LA”) and regionally (Chicago-based “On The Line”, starring Emmanuelle Chriqui and Lance Bass, formerly of the ’90s era quartet NSYNC) explore the concept of strangers falling in love on subway trains.
Now comes word by way of The Washington Post this past weekend (and DCist previously) that the people at Craigslist sought to determine the “most romantic” station on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rail system. Craigslist actually counted up the number of times each station was mentioned in 286 individual Missed Connections postings over a seven week period last summer and ranked them based on an index it called “Train Romance Index Score Total”.
This raises the question, “What would be the most ‘romantic’ station/stop in our system?” I counted off just five references total to the Metro Rail system and seven to the Metro Bus system in Missed Connections over the past week. As a result, I think you, our readers, may be better judges; let us know what you think in the comments.
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