mass transit

noun

Definition of mass transit 

chiefly US

: the transportation of large numbers of people by means of buses, subway trains, etc., especially within urban areas also : the system, vehicles, or facilities engaged in such transportation I rode mass transit—first the bus, then Metro—for nearly two decades. — Fred Barnes

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The White House did not specify the targets of this austerity in its briefing with the Times, but previous reports suggest that the money would come from cuts to funding for social welfare programs and, of all things, mass transit. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Infrastructure ‘Plan’ Is Shoddily Built – and Sure to Collapse," 1 Feb. 2018 During Mayor Virginia Raggi’s tenure at City Hall, the Italian capital has endured an ailing mass transit system and pileups of uncollected trash. Washington Post, "Italy’s anti-migrant minister steals partner party’s show," 8 July 2018 Raj Rajkumar, director of Carnegie Mellon University's Mobility21 research center, which focuses on transportation issues, said studies have shown that mass transit reduces congestion and pollution. Hiroko Tabuchi, Anchorage Daily News, "How the Koch brothers are killing public transit projects around the country," 19 June 2018 Raj Rajkumar, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Mobility21 research center, which focuses on transportation issues, said studies have shown that mass transit reduces congestion and pollution. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, "How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country," 19 June 2018 Opponents say gas taxes, paid by car drivers, should not be used to fund mass transit. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Here's what your gas tax hike will fund in the Sacramento area - if voters don't repeal," 12 June 2018 There are people who come from a couple of doors down looking for a golf putter, and there’s someone who’s taken mass transit to get their children’s clothes for the year. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Kenilworth Union Church rummage sale offers amazing maze of treasures," 13 July 2018 Though that goal will be harder to achieve if commuters abandon mass transit, Juliussen predicted traffic may actually flow better in cities with more driverless cars. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Driverless cars might make Boston traffic worse," 27 June 2018 Most American cities do not have the population density to support mass transit, the group says. Hiroko Tabuchi, Anchorage Daily News, "How the Koch brothers are killing public transit projects around the country," 19 June 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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