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“When I finally got to my friend’s house, I told him that I saw someone on the Metro who was obviously interested in talking, but I had so much on my mind that talking to someone at the Metro was the last thing on my mind,” he said. “It was then that he suggested the ad.”

He said that as of Tuesday, he hadn’t yet heard from the woman.

Mr. Freedman acknowledged that the Vienna stop’s proximity to George Mason University as one reason why it could be so popular, adding that Philadelphia’s Cecil B. Moore stop is around the corner from Temple University.

His belief, however, is that the online flirtations are fueled by “hoping against the odds and love getting a second shot.”