mass transit


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 memo lists certain practical specifications, like square foot requirements, proximity to mass transit, and more. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Timeline of Amazon's "HQ2," From the First Announcement to a Failed Campus in New York City," 14 Feb. 2019 Fare revenues from the subway and buses are falling as riders eschew mass transit, part of a nationwide trend. Paul Berger, WSJ, "It’s Not Easy Being Andy Byford When Your Job Is to Save the NYC Subway," 13 Jan. 2019 The homes — steps away from the LINK light rail, the Seattle Streetcar and the historic Union Station — also boast proximity to Seattle’s multiple modes of mass transit for commuters and urban adventurers. Koda, The Seattle Times, "Opening of sales gallery, public sales debut set for March 30," 29 Mar. 2019 The report acknowledges that cellphones are not the only cause of distraction on the road and also notes that other factors could explain some of the correlations, such as the availability of mass transit in New York and the District. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Places that write a lot of tickets for distracted driving also have lower fatal crash rates, analysis finds," 25 Apr. 2018 Gravel said there isn’t another alternative to the tax to fund mass transit on the loop. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Atlanta Beltline group pushes MARTA for funding of full rail loop," 12 July 2018 Sheehy was advised to avoid taking mass transit for the next few days. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Unusual pairing of supervisors helped unite majority of board against Breed," 29 Jan. 2018 While the big mass transit projects plod along, residents brace for more innovations on the sidewalks and streets. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Solving transit troubles key in SF mayor’s race," 21 Apr. 2018 Advocates rally for local support for RTA and mass transit (photos) CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Rallying in this evening's chills, transit advocates at Public Square praised and prodded RTA. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Monday, March 12, 2018," 9 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of mass transit

1930, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mass transit

chiefly US : the system that is used for moving large numbers of people on buses, trains, etc.

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