Jackie and Anthony Monturano found true love on the Trenton line. Their train rides to work when they were in their early 20s developed into dating and marriage and two kids.
The Bustleton couple have been together for 10 years and have two young sons. You can read all about them at http://www.septalovestories.org/read-story-detail.html/id/116, a SEPTA Web site. Their story was picked by visitors to the site as among the most romantic transit love stories.
SEPTA had asked people who had fallen in love while commuting to submit their stories, and 14 winners were chosen Tuesday, according to Heather Redfern, a transit agency spokeswoman.
Anthony noticed Jackie Vernot as they boarded the train at the Torresdale station, he wrote. He was too shy to just go up and just start talking to her, but he lucked out a month later when she started working at the same Center City company that he did.
They got to know each other and started to date, and that’s when their daily commute became the ride to romance.
The Monturanos and the other dozen “SEPTA Sweethearts” won prizes that include a ride this Sunday on the “Love Train, a specially decorated Market-Frankford Line six-car train and a VIP reception at SEPTA’s headquarters at 1234 Market St.
It’s a funny thing about how SEPTA and then their jobs brought the Monturanos together. According to Jackie, they grew up about five or six minutes from each other but had never been anywhere near each other until they started commuting to work.
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