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

Examples of light-rail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1999, voters granted an exemption through November 2024 to help RTD pay off bond debts incurred to finance the construction of RTD light-rail expansion. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, 2 July 2024 Baltimore’s multibillion-dollar Red Line transit project will be a light-rail system rather a bus fleet, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (D) announced Friday. Danny Nguyen, Washington Post, 28 June 2024 The project piggybacks on light-rail tracks along an existing freight rail corridor, minimizing the amount of property the MTA would need to acquire in order to provide new transit service. Evan Simko-Bednarski, New York Daily News, 21 June 2024 And the city is following through with plans for a light-rail system, which could eventually include seven lines and carry hundreds of thousands of passengers. Seth Kaplan, Foreign Affairs, 20 Aug. 2014 Lawmakers made changes to the bill, which boosts funding for highways and bars any spending on light-rail expansion. Arizona Republic, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2024 The White House also called out a $158 million federal investment in a 1.5-mile northwest extension of the Valley's light-rail project, completed earlier this year and designed to serve 2 million passengers annually. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2024 Townhouses, warehouses and a light-rail station took their place. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2024 The 2002 Games, widely regarded as one of the most successful Olympics, brought government funding for a light-rail system and world-class athletic facilities. Hannah Schoenbaum, Quartz, 10 Apr. 2024

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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

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“Light-rail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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