In celebration of Valentine’s Day next week, we’re sharing the stories of couples who met on MetroBus or MetroLink. Here is Amy and Jack’s story. Amy works at the Bi-State Development Agency, which operates the Metro transit system for the region.
The beginning of Amy and Jack’s relationship was a lot like our MetroLink trains. Their romance always moved forward, but at different speeds.
Amy was a regular MetroLink rider long before she started working for the Bi-State Development Agency. Jack started taking MetroLink on a regular basis about four and a half years ago, after he had given his youngest son his car to get to work. It turned out to be perfect timing, as Jack’s employer had started offering transit benefits.
It was only a matter of time before destiny intervened, and their commutes finally crossed paths in 2009 while they were both waiting for a train at the Brentwood I-64 MetroLink Station.
“Amy was on the platform most days when I was there,” Jack said. “I would see her on the platform and strike up a conversation.”
There was never a shortage of conversation between them at the MetroLink platform or on the train, Jack said. They’d talk about pretty much anything, from family to recent vacations.
“You get 28 minutes to sit next to someone,” Jack said. “There were times where she’d be involved in her book and we didn’t talk as much, but most of the time we talked.”
However, it wasn’t everyday that they’d ride the train together. Early in their relationship, Amy would often need to travel or spend time taking care of her family, and sometimes they would go weeks without seeing each other. Still, they were always able to reconnect and pick up right where they left off.
“One time he left a note on my car,” Amy said. “It said, ‘I haven’t seen you in a while. I hope you’re okay.”‘
Amy still has that note. “After a while, when I didn’t see him, I’d wonder where he was,” she said. “And I would say to myself, ‘What is wrong with this picture,’ something changed here. All of a sudden, I was looking for him.”
It was love, and Amy and Jack have been married since September 2013.