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

Definition of multimodal

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

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The city’s leaders may talk about multimodal transportation, resilience, and cutting climate emissions. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Houston’s $7 billion solution to gridlock is more highways," 5 Aug. 2019 The former mayor is also tri-chair of a multimodal mobility project called Connect SA. Elaine Ayala,, "At 72, former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is unbowed by paragliding mishap," 27 July 2019 The bill also proposes creating federal complete streets design standards, which would dictate the way multimodal roads are designed in the same way federal highway design is standardized. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Pedestrian deaths keep rising in the U.S. Can Congress reverse the trend?," 11 July 2019 Widening Route 7 reflects that commitment and closes an important gap in multimodal connectivity to employment, activity centers and transit hubs. Washington Post, "Route 7 widening project aims to deliver some relief for commuters," 15 June 2019 As the executive director of the advocacy group ClimatePlan, based in Oakland, California, Fletcher has been part of a team that’s been pushing the state to invest in more multimodal options. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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