Might love be in the air at your local Metro Bus/Rail stop?

The Vienna-Fairfax station--apparently the Washington Metro's most romantic station. Photo by Ard vd Leeuw, via Flickr.

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.

By the way, Craigslist deemed the Vienna/Fairfax station, the western terminus for the WMATA Orange Line, as the “Most Romantic” station. It was referenced in 48 different ads during the seven week period.

Categories: Metro Lifestyle

4 replies

  1. There is no such thing romantic station at LA. The most stressful thing is making transfer after getting out the bus. Who cares about romantic, just want to get home. Of course, couple time, I was lucky to girls for an hour while waiting for bus to come. That is romantic.

    I was at that station at DC couple times. I remember I took the wrong (after 7pm), it took me a hour to realize the bus was not going to get to that station, so I changed the bus. I’d better not take wrong bus, it will delay my time to anywhere including train station

    Can we stop talking non sense? We need to improve the public transportation