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Community Transit Bus Proposes Marriage, Woman Accepts

December 22, 2005

The happy couple, Randy Stupey and Elene Davidson

Lynnwood, Wash. With a little help from Community Transit, Randy Stupey was able to propose to his girlfriend, Elene Davidson, in a special way.   About 13 months ago he and Davidson met while waiting for a Community Transit Route 401 bus to Seattle. Stupey was in love from the start, so when the time came to ask her to marry him, he wanted to propose in a unique way.   He contacted Community Transit and asked if the reader board on the front of the bus could carry his message. And Thursday afternoon, as he and Davidson waited for a bus at the Lynnwood Transit Center, a Route 115 bus pulled up flashing the message, “Elene, will you marry me?”   After Stupey pointed it out to her, he got down on one knee, offered a surprised Davidson a ring and formally asked her to marry him. She quickly said yes, then the happy couple kissed to celebrate. In moments, they also were joined by family members who were hiding nearby.   “I couldn’t believe it,” Davidson said of the moment she saw the bus.   “I wanted to propose in a way that was somewhat sentimental and memorable,” Stupey said. “Every time we see a (Route) 401 bus, it’s kind of like, ‘ah, that’s where we met,’ ” he said.   Although they have not set a wedding date, Davidson and Stupey are looking forward to a long, happy trip on the bus ride of life.   Community Transit operates 32 local bus routes, 31 commuter routes and DART paratransit service throughout Snohomish County. It also offers carpool matching, one of the nation’s largest vanpool programs and offers travel training to disabled and senior citizens. Call Community Transit at (425) 353-RIDE or (800) 562-1375 for bus information, or (888) 814-1300 for carpool or vanpool information, or go to www.communitytransit.org.

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