paratransit

noun
para·​tran·​sit | \ ˌper-ə-ˈtran(t)-sət How to pronounce paratransit (audio) , -ˈtran-zət, ˌpa-rə-\

Definition of paratransit

: transportation service that supplements larger public transit systems by providing individualized rides without fixed routes or timetables

Examples of paratransit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The company has partnered with First Transit, a national provider of bus and paratransit services, to operate a fleet of Toyota Sienna vans equipped with ramps and safety tie-downs. Los Angeles Times, "Lyft joins Uber in offering ride-hailing services to wheelchair users in L.A. County," 1 Aug. 2019 Jones also has access to two paratransit services — dial-a-ride programs provided by the city and county — that provide door-to-door rides for seniors and others with disabilities. Meghan Mccarty Carino, The Mercury News, "Life after driving: How California seniors are rethinking getting around," 24 July 2019 The Pace suburban bus service is advising passengers to avoid the sun, stay hydrated and use Bus Tracker or, on paratransit, TripCheck, to monitor chedules and avoid waiting outside longer than necessary, said spokeswoman Maggie Daly Skogsbakken. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Watch for buckling pavement, slower Metra trains as temperatures climb this week," 18 July 2019 Meanwhile, Lyft, which so far has referred wheelchair users to call paratransit, taxi companies or other third parties, is starting a pilot on Wednesday in San Francisco and Los Angeles to offer five wheelchair-accessible vehicles in each market. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Wheelchair users may soon have more chances to hail Lyft, Uber rides," 9 July 2019 Smith said Valley Metro, a regional public transportation agency that manages the bus, light rail and paratransit systems in the Phoenix metro area, is just doing its job and legally educating the public about light rail. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "Valley Metro says it's educating people about light rail. But Goldwater Institute says it's trying to sway voters," 17 July 2019 Blake said Metro will launch a fast-track process for MetroAccess, its paratransit service for the elderly and people with disabilities, by July 8. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "After complaints from blind riders, Metro to offer travel help during shutdown," 3 July 2019 An RTA board committee on Tuesday signed off on an AT&T contract that will bring unlimited 4G internet connectivity to RTA buses, trains and paratransit vehicles by August 2020. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com, "RTA trains, buses could have free Wi-Fi by next year," 4 June 2019 The grant, applied for under the Federal Transit Administration's Bus & Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program, would have paid for 17 new buses, 18 paratransit vans and bus refurbishments for 40 buses over the next three years. Beau Evans, NOLA.com, "As its fleet ages, RTA seeks federal money for new buses, paratransit vehicles," 13 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'paratransit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of paratransit

1973, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about paratransit

Statistics for paratransit

Last Updated

17 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for paratransit

The first known use of paratransit was in 1973

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on paratransit

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about paratransit

Comments on paratransit

What made you want to look up paratransit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a period when something is suspended

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!