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

Examples of mass transit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That simply means working to become carbon-neutral (offset our output) by investing in things like mass transit and sustainable farming. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 Federal law considers violent attacks against mass transit to be inherently terroristic, meaning prosecutors will not need to prove a particular ideological motive. Grayson Quay, The Week, 8 May 2022 Top state transportation officials recently pulled the plug on a $6-billion interstate widening in L.A. County and are pledging to funnel billions of dollars toward mass transit and road repairs. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Suspending gasoline taxes at the state level also means officials would have less money at their disposal to spend on mass transit and road and highway maintenance unless it is offset in some way. Omar Abdel-baqui, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 There was almost nothing about personal transportation pods, significant increases in mass transit, etc. Lucie Lapovsky, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 But since the pandemic began, stakes rose as naysayers eyed empty buses, some asking: If hordes of people keep working at home, is mass transit disposable, especially in suburbs far from Detroit? Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2022 A little more than 80% of the motor fuel tax portion, or about $292 million over that time, would go to the repair of highways and bridges while the remainder goes to mass transit subsidies. Sarah Taddeo, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 Another bill demands mass transit operators conduct surveys of how often riders feel unsafe, and the third would make businesses hang signs telling customers how to report hate speech, among other changes. Blake Nelsonstaff Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mass transit

1930, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2022

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“Mass transit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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