LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Los Angeles turned its Red Line Metro train cars into "love trains" for Valentine's Day, encouraging passengers to meet potential dates while in transit.
The love trains were set up similarly to speed-dating events -- about 24 people participated at once, with a Metro employee blowing a whistle every 2 minutes, signaling the time for participants to mingle with new people, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Metro spokeswoman Anna Chen said the event was inspired by stories about people who fell in love after meeting on the train, and was meant to bring passengers together at least get them to "fall in love" with Metro.
Participants said it was fun, if also a bit odd, to meet new people on the train.
Javier Ramirez, 32, said a fellow passenger gave him a red rose to help him out "so he could find someone to give it to."