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 —Β 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


  • 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! πŸ™‚

  • aslevin

    Congratulations πŸ™‚

  • Guest

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

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • 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… πŸ˜‰

  • 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. πŸ™‚

  • 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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