Subway riders who aren’t sure they’ll be able to find Cupid on Valentine’s day should probably head over to Bathurst station.
There may not be any secret stashes of chocolate or strategically placed bouquets of roses awaiting your arrival, but you never know just where Cupid will be hiding, bow drawn.
Until you check Craigslist Toronto’s Missed Connections ads, that is.
According to a recent study of Missed Connections postings, the romance hotspot on Toronto’s transit system is Bathurst station, a major transfer point for subway riders looking to connect with buses, streetcars — and lonely eyes.
Craigslist names the Yonge-University-Spadina line as Toronto’s most romantic train line, defining it in a news release as “the one offering the best odds of a fellow passenger falling for you across a crowded train, platform or ticket hall, and then posting a Missed Connections ad on Craigslist Toronto.”
The second most romantic station was Davisville. The most unromantic was Scarborough Centre on the Scarborough RT line.
The findings come from an analysis of 285 ads mentioning any of the 69 stations or four lines on the Toronto subway and rapid transit system, and posted over an eight-week period during the summer and fall.
The ads in the study were posted by those who had fallen for a fellow passenger but failed to get his or her contact details and had therefore turned to Missed Connections in the hope of getting in touch.
Bathurst emerged as the station with the most Missed Connections mentions per passenger — or, as the study calls it, the highest “TRIST (Train Romance Index Score Total) Romance Score”.
Bathurst’s TRIST score was 4.95; Davisville’s 4.79. High Park placed third with a score of 4.60. College had 3.45, followed by Summerhill with 3.38 and Dundas with 3.33.
Rounding out the top 10 were Christie station (3.32), Runnymede (3.14), Wellesley (3.03) and Eglinton (2.97).
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