para·​tran·​sit ˌper-ə-ˈtran(t)-sət How to pronounce paratransit (audio)
: transportation service that supplements larger public transit systems by providing individualized rides without fixed routes or timetables

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Its paratransit service, TARC3, serves riders with disabilities and is contracted out to a third-party company that also uses subcontractors, such as taxi drivers, to complete trips. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 18 Nov. 2022 During the three-month span beginning July 1, ridership for Metrorail, Metrobus and the MetroAccess paratransit service totaled 45.6 million trips. Justin George, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2022 Later that month, the County Board's finance committee voted to restore funding for paratransit taxi service, following outcry from the disabilities community. Journal Sentinel, 8 Nov. 2022 Hammontree and her non-binary child, Steven Hammontree, 27, had both traveled to the meeting on SMART’s paratransit bus. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2022 Hu, another driver, and a paratransit bus were trapped in a robotaxi sandwich. Wired, 9 July 2022 The new 15-passenger paratransit bus cost about $82,000, said Maggie Daly Skogsbakken, Pace’s chief communications officer. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2022 Transit service will begin at 5 a.m. and run until the end of service at 9:20 p.m. Riders needing Access219 paratransit service must sign up ahead of time. Staff Report, Chicago Tribune, 5 Nov. 2022 Ryan Lukowicz, 16, is a junior at North Kingstown High School who has been using paratransit for almost 2 years. Ryan Lukowicz,, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paratransit was in 1973

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“Paratransit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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