public transit

variants: 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

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Consumers who use scooters or public transit are also consumers who will use ride-sharing. Sunil Paul, Recode, "The Scooter Wars will be a bloodbath — and Uber will win," 12 July 2018 Many states with bans permit phone use in emergency situations or by certain drivers, such as school bus, public transit or state vehicle drivers. Justine Mcdaniel,, "One hand on the wheel, one on the phone: Still legal while driving in Pa.," 6 July 2018 With urbanization comes pressure on local government to improve housing affordability, workforce education and public transit, Mr. Briley said. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "As Nashville Rapidly Expands, Residents Worry the Metropolis Is Growing Too Fast," 18 June 2018 Growing up in urban eviornments, Mr. Dilts developed a passion for cities, architecture, public transit and trains. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "James D. Dilts, author and historian who wrote about railroads, architecture and preservation, dies," 12 May 2018 Trouble is, White House infrastructure adviser DJ Gribbin says that Donald Trump's forthcoming $200 billion infrastructure bill won't include any new revenue and will cut existing transportation funding—specifically, Amtrak and public transit. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Can the CTA and Metra play nice?," 7 Feb. 2018 With the expanding light rail and bus service that’s concentrated in certain areas, commuters in certain neighborhoods have a leg up on getting around via public transit. The Seattle Times, "Get in the groove with Seattle’s commuter-friendly vibe," 15 Oct. 2018 Each of these urban case studies is distinctive to its place; San Francisco’s limited land mass has nothing to do with Atlanta’s zoning codes, or Austin’s need for public transit. Curbed, "Can money create a neighborhood?," 19 Sep. 2018 The Council’s cap will hurt riders outside Manhattan who have come to rely on Uber because their communities have long been ignored by yellow taxis and do not have reliable access to public transit. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber and Lyft are facing a major crackdown in New York City," 27 July 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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