often attributive
: a means of urban railway transportation using trolley cars

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Metro’s board of directors voted to name a Gold Line station in East L.A. after Molina, who fought for years to ensure that the region’s light-rail system extended to the Eastside. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2023 The goal is to create a mixed-use walkable neighborhood that would include a 20-acre park, 10,000 homes, restaurants, arts and entertainment venues, and eventually a DART light-rail connection. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, 10 Apr. 2023 In early March, another attack on MAX light-rail called attention to bystander intervention when an assailant hit a man in the face with a large rock after the man tried to help a woman who was being yelled at by the assailant. oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2023 The Union Square station connects the line to BART and the city’s light-rail system. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2023 Transportation in New York City La Guardia AirTrain: Gov. Kathy Hochul has abandoned plans to build a light-rail link to La Guardia Airport after a review found that the project’s cost had ballooned to $2.4 billion. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2023 Another is Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, who is based in the San Fernando Valley, where a light-rail line is planned along Van Nuys Boulevard. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2023 The Purple Line, a light-rail system with stops in Maryland, will be operating by 2026 with a stop in Greenbelt. Brian Witte, Baltimore Sun, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of light-rail was in 1975

Dictionary Entries Near light-rail

Cite this Entry

“Light-rail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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