Have you ever had a missed connection while riding public transit? We’re not talking about missing your transfer to another bus, but a real love connection. Sometimes you ride the bus or train to get from point A to point B, but sometimes you stumble upon that special someone, while riding, who makes your heart skip a beat. You sing to yourself “At last, my love has come along,” like Etta James did. (That’s what it sounds like in your head anyway.) More than words are all you ever need to express how this happened, but you can’t help it if you are “crazy in love.”
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Capital Metro is happy to share with you some of our most favorite love stories from the Austin Collective. These riders share their public transit-inspired love stories.
“Today, I’m taking flowers to my girlfriend. I haven’t seen her for a while. She’s transitioning from male to female, getting ready to start hormones. The biggest step she’s taken is getting rid of all her men’s clothes. Mutual friends ask me, ‘How do you feel about that?’ And I say, ‘Well, I really want to paint her toenails!’”
Jordan and Amir started dating kind of by accident. Jordan ended up going to see a Chicago Bulls basketball game with Amir even though she didn’t know him very well. By the end of the game, they were talking about kids, and a few years later they decided to elope. The one wedding photo request besides the courthouse was “a picture of us at a Cap Metro stop.” She chose the Chinatown stop near their home.
“I actually met my wife on public transit. I hopped on the bus one day and sat down next to her. I knew her brother, who was also on the bus, but had never seen her before. He introduced us and we started talking. It was a long season of getting to be friends and eventually dating. Even moved to a different city before things became serious. We got married seven years later. That bus is as romantic as any place I’ve been.”
Michael met his wife when they were teenagers. Forty years later, they’re still each other’s first love. These days, she rides the rail to meet him after work on Fridays, and they pick a new restaurant to try out somewhere along the rail line.