interurban

adjective
in·​ter·​ur·​ban | \ ˌin-tər-ˈər-bən How to pronounce interurban (audio) \

Definition of interurban

: going between or connecting cities or towns an interurban road interurban commuters

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Interurban is generally used to describe transportation. As a noun (as in "In those days you could take the interurban from Seattle to Tacoma"), interurban has meant a fairly heavy but fast electric train, something between an urban trolley and a full-fledged long-distance train, that offers more frequent service than an ordinary railway. Interurban transit today may include bus, ferry, and limousine—and, in a few lucky areas, a regional railway. With oil supplies dwindling, there's hope that interurban railways will be coming back into wider use.

First Known Use of interurban

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Interurban.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interurban. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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