I’m Getting Married to the Girl I Met on Muni

Therese and I at Inner Sunset Sundays in 2011.

Six years ago today, I struck up a conversation with Therese as we walked through the fare gates into Powell Station to wait for the N-Judah. I’d seen her there before, since we both regularly took the train after our late-night retail shifts in Union Square through the holiday shopping season. Last weekend, while waiting for the N at the same place on nearly the same day, I asked her to marry me, and she said yes. She still has the Muni transfer from the day we met (pictured right).

Obviously, we’re really excited, and I wanted to share it with our readers. But I also think our story is a testament to the social connections and opportunities that are fostered by using public transit, walking, and biking. Therese and I would have never met if we commuted by car.

Therese’s transfer from 2007.

In fact, one of the main reasons Therese and I both happened to move to SF from the Los Angeles area is because it’s a relatively easy place to live car-free. The chance for everyday social interactions while traveling is one of the greatest benefits of living in a walkable city. I’m sure you all can share countless stories of coincidental run-ins while making your way around on Muni or walking down the street.

A bit more introduction: Therese and I earned our degrees together at SF State, and today she still takes the N to her office job in SoMa. (She says she would take her bike, as she has to other jobs, but getting to South Beach is a bit far and feels pretty dangerous.) We share an Inner Sunset studio with our cat George (who is actually a girl).

That’s all for my little personal announcement. I also wanted to thank everyone who’s donated to keep Streetsblog going, both in our current fundraising drive and in the past few years. (And that reminds me — please give if you haven’t already!) Here’s to a bright new year ahead.

— Aaron

  • Matt Laroche

    Congratulations Aaron!

  • voltairesmistress

    So happy for you!

  • Tim Hickey

    Congratulations!

  • mikesonn

    This is a great story. Congrats to you both.

  • emunahh

    Thank you for sharing this happy news as a public transit story! So important for us as a society to embrace these beautiful benefits and invite them into our lives more universally by supporting better and more public transit for everyone everywhere.

  • Andy Thornley

    This is the best news I’ve had in at least a month – hooray, yippee, woo hoo!!!

  • hp2ena

    Congrats Aaron!

  • emunahh

    Thank you for sharing this happy news as a public transit story! So
    important for us as a society to embrace these beautiful benefits and
    make them more universal through better public transit.

  • chava

    aww, congrats aaron! so cute.

  • Another congrats! (And bicycle-themed weddings are always fun.)

  • NoeValleyJim

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing Aaron.

  • Sprague

    Thanks for sharing your nice story about how transit connects people as well as places. Congratulations to you both.

  • davistrain

    Thanks for a day-brightening post. May blessings attend your lives together, Historical note: My wife and I were married aboard a Pacific Electric interurban car in 1999 (but this was at a railway museum).

  • Yeah, this is a great story on a great day. Congratulations.

  • Congratulations! And thanks for sharing the story! 🙂

  • aslevin

    Congratulations 🙂

  • Guest

    Awww congrats for you Aaron, both of you are so cute!!!! This story was so informative, heartwarming, wonderful and adorable 🙂 Thanks for sharing this cute, adorable and very detailed story! 🙂

  • Prinzrob

    Many congratulations, Aaron, and a great story! Wedding on Muni too?

  • murphstahoe

    You da man

  • zoehoster

    Congratulations! who needs okcupid when you have the train

  • IHeartPandas

    This is adorable! Congratulations 🙂

  • berkeleybike

    Hell yeah.

  • Beef Vindaloo

    Congrats man!

  • gneiss

    Congrats! What wonderful news.

  • CBrinkman

    Lovely news. Congratulations.

  • Super-cute story- congrats! Love the transfer pic, too 🙂

  • I love this love story! Much happiness to you both.

  • thielges

    Congratulations to you two! What a wonderful story.

    And you make a good point about how human scaled transportation helps bring people together. Auto-to-auto communication is rare and when it occurs it is via the horn and hand gestures and usually not of a friendly nature. But on the bus, train, on foot or bike you can actually get to know people and make friends. Or more as you have experienced!

  • Upright Biker

    Never heard a more beautiful argument for more public transportation! Congratulations, Aaron and Therese!

  • Rogue Cyclist

    Congratulations Aaron! She’s a catch!

  • njudah

    Wow that’s great news! Hurray for you both and hurray for the N Judah line!

  • Still figuring that out…

  • Too cute. Congrats to the both of you! I met my first boyfriend on the 24, and my current-and-forever partner on a party bus… Not sure what that means, other than transit gets romance moving! (Cheesy, yes, but you started it!)

  • murphstahoe

    I got a job via connections from Caltrain. I won’t admit to getting any incidental stock tips…

  • Shannon Tracey

    Congratulations! Wishing you many many happy, on-time transit rides together. And of course if you really want to get married in style… 😉

  • davistrain

    Definitely one of the coolest ads I’ve seen in a long time. I wonder if anyone has ever chartered a Muni streetcar for an eight-wheeled wedding chapel?

  • infinitympg

    Congrats! Looking forward to crashing the ceremony.

  • ZA_SF

    Congratulations! Enjoy a happy marriage with no delays. 🙂

  • Mom on a bike

    Crashing or ‘accidentally attending?’

  • infinitympg

    Crashidentally attending, metaphorically speaking of course

  • lostjr

    Bus stop Wendy! (The Hollies)

  • Congratulations, Aaron!

  • This reminds me of a song from that transit-themed musical, “My Fare Lady:”

    I’m getting married in the morning
    Ding dong, the Breda’s gonna chime
    “Yes” was her answer
    She’s still got the transfer
    But get me to J-Church on time

  • grrlfriday

    Mazel Tov, Aaron!! I’m very happy for the 2 of you.

  • Wow I’ve seen this story making its rounds on the interwebs but I never put it together that it was Aaron of StreetsBlog! Congratulations!!!!

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