Love on the rails

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are a few stories about love on the rails and on wheels.

The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company invited passengers who made an onboard love connection to share their stories on Facebook. Commuting with Cupid highlights the couples who met their match and invites viewers to vote for their favorite love story. The winning pair, measured by Facebook likes, wins a romantic dinner. So far the voting has been modest and, as of this writing, the leading couple had garnered 115 votes. MBCR operates commuter rail for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

In The Atlantic Cities, Eric Jaffe writes about New York videographer Rebecca Davis, who started taking photos of fellow subway passengers with her iPhone. Working in the tradition of Walker Evans, whose surreptitious photos of subway riders in the 1930s was published in the book Many Are Called, Davis  documented the private moments all around her. “It’s a very public space, but you find people having domestic disputes on their cell phone, or cutting their nails, as if no one’s around them,” she says. “I think a lot is New Yorkers are so used to living in these cramped spaces that we get good at ignoring everyone around us, so people feel they have the liberty to act as if they are in a private space even when they’re out in public.” Link to full story in The Atlantic Cities.

Okay, this one’s a stretch. The District of Columbia Taxicab Commission recommends red as the color for the District’s 7,000 taxis. Red is already associated with several Washington icons, including Capital Bikeshare, the DC Circulator, and even the Washington Capitals hockey team.

Update: In late-breaking Valentine news, bus operators in the Triangle area of North Carolina prepared a special song for their riders. Link to YouTube.

Photo credit: Susan Mara Bregman

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