This really is too much fun. From a scholarly study of the Craiglist "Missed Connections" section, where people express a romantic interest in someone that they saw out in the world. You know, ads like this:
We were both on the max [light rail]--me heading to the Blazer's game and you on your bike. You overheard part of my conversation with my friend and were quite amused. I wanted to talk to you but then got pushed back by other riders. Email me if you remember that conversation and would like to grab a drink sometime.
So here, by state, is the location most often cited in "Missed Connections" ads (click to sharpen):
In rail-rich older urban areas, it's rail transit, of course, the subway or train or metro. But in relatively rail-poor parts of the country, only Oregon and Washington find so much wistful romantic drama on public transit! This is one of those slightly twisted points of "Portlandia"-style pride that makes me proud to be an Oregonian transit planner.