Love and romance on the subway?

December 6, 2013
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: A pedestrian passes a subway stop in Manhattan two days after a man was pushed to his death in front of a train on December 5, 2012 in New York City. The incident was caught by a photographer and has since raised questions as to why someone didn't help the man before the train struck him. The New York City subway system, with 468 stations in operation, is the most extensive public transportation system in the world. It is also one of the world's oldest public transit systems, with the first underground line of the subway opening on October 27, 1904. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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From the folks up north — that being the Big Apple — we have a dating service that is using the city’s subway system as a source for matching up singles. As reported by Jezebel (via Brokelyn), recruiting is underway for “Subway Cupids” — folks who would ride New York City’s subway system with an eye out for folks who might make a match.

Here’s how it works, according to the Trainspottings Web site:

“Train Spottings is a traditional, old school matchmaking service,” the description reads. “What makes it fresh however is that The Love Conductor fishes in the New York City subway system for viable candidates (i.e. the most fabulous, attractive and creative singles that NYC has to offer) and matches them with other sensational singles she has met through the subway, or by more classic recruiting methods. Once matched, singles are set up on purely curated dates in the NYC area. The name of the game is LOVE and she’s out to find it!”

D.C.’s subway systems is known for many things, but love? Maybe not so much. But the system has been the inspiration for some fun romance-themed stories and parodies.

There’s Hotcars — dating forward, a clever parody site that manages to make Metro’s shortcomings (hot cars, delays, crowded trains) amusing. Not an easy feat.

Maybe not as funny, but still useful, was this Washington Post offering earlier this year featuring great date spots in and around Metro stations.

And of course, there are the love-themed Metro stories that are just plain bizarre, like this offering on romance via emergency intercom from UnsuckDCMetro.

 

 

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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