Belmont Station Ranks as CTA's Most Amorous

Craigslist conducted four-week study of more than 250 "missed connections"

By Elliott Beazley
|  Friday, Oct 1, 2010  |  Updated 1:39 PM CDT
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The Belmont station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Red, Brown and Purple lines is the most romantic, according to Chicago's missed connections on Craigslist.

A missed connection is a way to get in touch for two strangers who fancy each other while in-transit. A glance or a smile may be exchanged, but the train isn't the best place to begin a conversation. More confidence in the comfort of posting online and more hope the other person will check the missed connections on Craigslist may equal a potential hookup.

Craigslist did a four-week study of more than 250 Chicago missed connections postings and ranked stations based on a scale called the Train Romance Index Score Total (TRIST).

The TRIST is calculated by dividing the number of missed connections that mention a CTA station or line by the number of riders a year who use that station or line. That number is multiplied by 10 to get a whole number and rounded to two decimal places.


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