Ditch online dating, forget speed dating, tell friends to stop matchmaking and opt instead for a bit of commuter romance; that’s the message for singles in the Czech capital this week.
Prague’s public transport company, Ropid, is offering commuters a new singles-only service. The company hopes to designate carriages on its underground metro network to those seeking a soul mate.
Transport officials say the plan, designed to help the city’s lonely hearts, is an attempt to encourage commuters to ditch their cars in favour of a more ‘sociable’ public transport:
‘We want to emphasize that public transport is not only a means of travel but that you can do things there that you cannot do in your car,” the city-owned company’s spokesman, Filip Drapal, told reporters.
The company will begin polling metro commuters, who make up nearly half of the capital’s 1.2 million citizens, whether they would be interested in using such a service. They pointed out that the service could be up and running by the end of this year if enough interest is shown.
Ropid, the Regional Organiser of Prague Integrated Transport, began operating in 1993 with the objective of building up the city’s integrated system of transport. The city’s three metro lines run across more than 59km and transport some 580 million passengers.
Stopping at more than 57 stations, the transport service operates from 4am until midnight, meaning that singles could meet their potential life partner at any time of the day or night.
The heart-warming initiative has us wondering: how else could officials around the world help their city’s lonely hearts find true love?