public transit

noun
variants: US public transit or British public transport

Definition of public transit

: mass transit … an annoying little secret of suburban life is that, even with traffic congestion, it's almost always faster to get somewhere in a car than by riding public transit.— Gregg Easterbrook

Examples of public transit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The defiant move circumvents the law and upends a decades-long status quo keeping public transit largely off the streets from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday throughout most of the country. Washington Post, "Sabbath buses barrel through Israel’s religious-secular rift," 29 Nov. 2019 Ride-hail has captured some former taxi riders, and transformed some public transit and shuttle passengers into customers too. Wired, "Yet Another Challenge for Air Travelers: Finding Your Uber," 28 Nov. 2019 PerceptIn specializes in technology for self-driving vehicles and focuses on local transportation markets and public transit. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "A California firm is relocating to Fishers and bringing its self-driving car tech with it," 21 Nov. 2019 Video of a woman being arrested for selling churros in a New York City subway Friday has drawn a critical eye on policing of the public transit service. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Viral video of NYPD arresting woman selling churros in subway draws outrage," 10 Nov. 2019 Alphabet will not be the project's lead developer, and there's no guarantee that public transit will be extended to its site. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Alphabet makes concessions to keep its smart city project alive after backlash," 31 Oct. 2019 Despite the presence of soldiers and police, thousands of Chileans continued protesting, including in cities outside Santiago, not only against public transit fare hikes, but the price of electricity, water and medicines. Fox News, "Chile riots leave 3 dead in supermarket fire as curfew declared, president reverses subway fare hikes," 20 Oct. 2019 Despite the presence of soldiers and police, thousands of Chileans continued protesting including in cities outside Santiago, not only against public transit fare hikes, but the price of electricity, water and medicines. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chile’s president rolls back subway fare hike amid protests," 19 Oct. 2019 Revenues collected from the sales tax go into funds for highways, arterial roads and public transit. Scott Bourque, azcentral, "Interstate 17 underpasses in north Phoenix slated for flooding fixes," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of public transit

1847, in the meaning defined above

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3 Dec 2019

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“Public transit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20transit. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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