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

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Recent Examples on the Web Transportation services available to the public, including mass transit, paratransit, taxi, or ride-sharing services. Leada Gore |, al, "Madison County under mandatory mask order starting Tuesday," 6 July 2020 In Boston, the MBTA has been piloting an on-demand paratransit program with ride-hailing companies since 2016. Matt Alderton, Washington Post, "Nearly 30 years after ADA, nation’s transit agencies report successes and shortfalls," 26 June 2020 Temporary stops for paratransit vehicles and rail disruption shuttles will also be located on Fifth Street. Dallas News, "DART begins construction at Downtown Garland Station; bus routes moved," 18 June 2020 The Milwaukee County Transit System will begin collecting fares again at 4 a.m. Monday, and will also resume front-door boarding on all buses and paratransit vehicles that provide Transit Plus rides. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As the percentage of positive cases continues to drop, drive-in movies and Glorioso's are back -- but State Fair might not be," 26 May 2020 As of Friday, Cannard and several hundred workers at TriMet’s Lift paratransit service have now lost their health insurance. oregonlive, "TriMet’s paratransit contractor laid off nearly 300 employees, then cut health care," 2 May 2020 Although public transportation ridership has plunged, paratransit rides for the disabled or those with nonemergency medical appointments have seen an uptick. Mallory Moench,, "The coronavirus threatens older workers. Some are crucial to keeping the Bay Area running," 15 Mar. 2020 Open Door, IndyGo's paratransit service, will limit capacity to one rider per row. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "IndyGo reduces scheduled service, suspends fares amid safety measures due to COVID-19," 27 Mar. 2020 Transdev North America operates in 200 cities and communities in the United States and Canada, offering a variety of modes of transportation, including bus, paratransit, streetcar and shuttles. Washington Post, "Fairfax Connector strike illustrates widening rift over privatization of public services," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of paratransit

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Paratransit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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