mul·​ti·​mod·​al | \ -ˈmō-dᵊl How to pronounce multimodal (audio) \

Definition of multimodal

: having or involving several modes, modalities, or maxima multimodal distributions multimodal therapy

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Shutterstock Lyft made a big move yesterday to not only live up to its founders’ lofty ideals, but to stake a claim as a more multimodal, sustainable transportation company that supports transit equity and safer streets. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Lyft sees a future with more bikes and scooters, and fewer cars," 17 July 2018 Imagine if, along with its scooter regulations, San Francisco announced a pilot program to expand Market Street’s 10-mph zone into a citywide, multimodal network, to be completed by the end of the summer? Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Don’t ban scooters. Redesign streets.," 13 July 2018 However, urban journeys are becoming increasingly multimodal, and scooters may add one more flexible link to the transit chain rather than replacing another mode completely. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 The train and multimodal facility projects are separate from the massive $8.7 billion airport expansion project announced for O’Hare earlier this year. Mary Wisniewski,, "Get ready for buses at O'Hare this year as 'people mover' gets rehab," 24 May 2018 Lime’s co-founers Toby Sun and Brad Bao say that Uber will begin integrating Lime’s services into its app immediately to help people make more multimodal trips. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Lime’s scooters will now be integrated into the ride-hailing giant’s app.," 9 July 2018 Even though Lyft sees its future as a more multimodal, sustainable transportation company that supports biking, scooters, transit equity, and safer streets, cars are still its core business — specifically gas-burning cars. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Lyft hits a major milestone: 1 billion trips," 18 Sep. 2018 The partnership, which is still subject to approval by regulators, would combine and expand the two luxury carmakers’ current suite of car sharing, parking, ride hailing, electric-vehicle charging, and multimodal transportation services. David Muller, Car and Driver, "Friendly Foes: BMW and Daimler Form Mobility Joint Venture," 28 Mar. 2018 The $800 million cost for both the train modernization and the multimodal facility was financed through a federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan, along with general airport bond revenues. Mary Wisniewski,, "Get ready for buses at O'Hare this year as 'people mover' gets rehab," 24 May 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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mul·​ti·​mo·​dal | \ ˌməl-ti-ˈmōd-ᵊl How to pronounce multimodal (audio) \

Medical Definition of multimodal

: relating to, having, or utilizing more than one mode or modality (as of stimulation or treatment) multimodal cancer therapy involving surgery, immunotherapy, and radiation

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