Driving a startup means little time for tech leads, founders, and supporting team members to have personal time. Entrepreneurship for many is work, work, and more work, while finding love isn’t as simple in the hectic lifestyle to hopefully attain Tumblr status. But for many the route to startup headquarters means shoving through shoulders to find a seat on the subway, opening up a laptop or book and learning to do and be better.
With that in mind, project planners in Prague are taking a chance to re-invent the transit system to cater better for singles during commuting to find love. Because building a startup and living in our tech heavy world shouldn’t mean the journey is one traveled alone. The single-only carriages will provide people that chance to entice fate to meet and form a relationship during what could be few moments of downtime during the daily grind.
“In the metro you can already read and learn, so why not find a partner?” says Filip Drapal of Ropid, Prague’s public transport company. “We want to make life more pleasant. People today have no time to meet.”
600 hundred million passengers use their transportation system every year, creating an endless supply of single people to fill up the train carts to experiment with the idea. Targeting the right demographic, cart location and environment will all be measures that will have to be understood and fine-tuned to see if the idea is actually progressive and useful without being a determent for other non-single commuters.
How would you feel if your local subway line were creating pods just for singles? Would there be too much of a backlash, would it be an inviting situation or continue to be a place for wallflowers and awkward situations?