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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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 On the British company's website, Thruvision says its mass transit security can screen up to 2,000 people per hour without their having to stop or slow down. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Body Scanners Are Leaking Out of the Airport and Into the Subway," 16 Aug. 2018 Backers of the plan had expected office developments in areas slated for new Métro lines to generate taxes that would help fund construction, says Jean-Pierre Orfeuil, a mass transit expert who wrote a book about Grand Paris., "Macron’s Grand Metro Project Gets Less Grand After Costs Soar," 2 Mar. 2018 In Nashville, however, Mayor Megan Barry is pushing city leaders to support a ballot initiative to raise revenue for a $5.2 billion mass transit proposal that is being touted as a monumental leap forward. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Why didn't Louisville make the Amazon headquarters list? Here are some clues," 19 Jan. 2018 Charleston’s mass transit system – the county is helping residents get to emergency shelters despite the distance, Rawl said. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence too strong for Charleston County shelters, residents will be transported elsewhere," 12 Sep. 2018 Today, escalators are a routine part of modern existence, moving people in nearly every mall, airport, mass transit station and stadium in the world. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Movin' On Up: The Curious Birth and Rapid Rise of the Escalator," 6 Apr. 2016 In 1973 alone, mass transit carried 7 percent more riders than the year before. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018

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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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