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

Examples of mass transit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bike ridership grew in New York City last year even as mass transit use plummeted and remained subdued because of the coronavirus pandemic. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Electric-Moped Company Revel Shifts Gears to E-Bike Leasing," 16 Feb. 2021 Republicans said that includes health care facilities, nursing homes, mass transit, state government buildings, assisted living facilities, public schools, universities and prisons. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, "Wisconsin governor issues new mask mandate after GOP repeal," 4 Feb. 2021 Republicans said that includes health care facilities, nursing homes, mass transit, state government buildings, assisted living facilities, public schools, universities and prisons. Scott Bauer, ajc, "Wisconsin governor issues new mask mandate after GOP repeal," 4 Feb. 2021 Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority on Wednesday was among nine transit agencies that urged the federal government to provide more emergency coronavirus aid for mass transit before the end of Congress’s lame-duck session. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "RTA urges federal government to provide more coronavirus aid for public transit," 9 Dec. 2020 Fear of the virus has persuaded millions of drivers to forgo mass transit and get in their cars. Jeffrey Bair, Bloomberg.com, "Oil’s Three-Speed Recovery Has Turned the Industry Upside Down," 7 Oct. 2020 The Congressional Budget Office projects that by 2030, outlays from the fund will exceed reserves by a cumulative $134 billion for the highway account and by $54 billion for the mass transit account. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Sen. Mike Lee pushes against gas tax hike with transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg," 21 Jan. 2021 Cloth face coverings also remain mandatory, and the use of mass transit and carpooling to get to work is discouraged. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Pentagon switches troops' Thanksgiving meals to 'grab-and-go' takeout, halts dining hall feasts amid pandemic," 27 Nov. 2020 Von Wilpert is also a strong supporter of mass transit to help curb pollution and climate change. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Key San Diego council runoff in District 5 features stark contrast between Democrat, Republican," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mass transit

1930, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2021

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“Mass transit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mass%20transit. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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mass transit

noun

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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