Ghost the person, not the date
A common misconception is that all ghosting is equal. Not true! Ignoring someone's texts IS NOT the same as not showing up to an agreed-upon date. If you’ve made concrete plans with someone, you have a responsibility to show up. Or, at the very least, to cancel (at least a couple of hours in advance, so they can hate you from the pantsless comfort of their own living room). It is a lot better to text into the void without getting a reply than to sit at the bar, stomach filled with butterflies, an eye on the door. Don't be a monster.
A few weeks after ghosting, you may reconsider your decision. After all, this person was genuinely interested in you and you were originally attracted to them. Reigniting that flame during a long commute might be tempting -- especially if you've just struck out and need some positive reinforcement. Well, tough shit. Actively toying with someone’s emotions for the sake of your own ego is still the unquestionable line between an average dater and raging sociopath.