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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Both are away from the central business district, but still proximate to mass transit and right across a river from the main part of their respective cities. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The tragedy of Amazon’s HQ2 selections, explained," 9 Nov. 2018 Unlike the other Brightline stations, there is other mass transit available at the Miami stop, including Metromover and Metrorail. Meryl Kornfield,, "Brightline train stations boost new development in South Florida's downtowns," 3 July 2018 Republicans and Democrats agree the sprawling state known for its car culture needs a transportation overhaul, with suburban commuters clamoring for better freeways and urban dwellers demanding mass transit. Amy Taxin, The Seattle Times, "Initiative seeks to repeal California’s gasoline tax hike," 8 Oct. 2018 This new exhibition pays homage to the vivid role that these systems of mass transit have played in cartoons, comic strips, comic books and graphic novels from the 19th century through the present. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Many readers recognized the city’s rock-and-a-hard-place position, in need of viable mass transit but attached to an unpopular and dated idea with not much in the way of alternatives. Dan Sweeney,, "Readers offer Wave alternatives as bids for Fort Lauderdale streetcar system come in too high," 26 Apr. 2018 And in what could be a new wrinkle, a service by Uber called Express Pool now is seen as directly competing with mass transit. Steve Leblanc, USA TODAY, "Uber and Lyft are adding to gridlock, a range of studies suggest," 26 Feb. 2018 The Heritage is also close to several bus routes for an easy daily commute by mass transit to any number of capitol-area workplaces, from Farmington to downtown Hartford. James Alexander,, "Property of the Week: 85 Memorial Drive, West Hartford," 27 July 2017 All supported more spending on education and mass transit, and lifting the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. Washington Post, "Maryland Democrats choose between insurgents, establishment in crowded primary," 28 June 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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