public transit

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

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Modacity How do bikes fit in with public transit in the Netherlands? David Roberts, Vox, "No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture," 28 Aug. 2018 Waymo is about to launch a pilot program to explore how self-driving cars can be used in combination with public transit, the Google self-driving car unit announced on Tuesday. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo pilot program shows how self-driving cars could boost transit," 31 July 2018 The Koch Family Foundations are among those that have drawn the most attention, especially for their work discrediting climate change and stalling public transit projects. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "What should you do if you win the lottery? Start a foundation.," 29 Oct. 2018 Instead, state lawmakers approved a more modest source of revenue for public transit, a fee on taxi and Uber trips. New York Times, "In the Battle Between Cuomo and Nixon, the Subway Becomes a Central Issue," 31 May 2018 Is also pressing the city to enact a vehicle licensing fee to raise money for public transit. Dominic Fracassa,, "Where SF mayoral candidates stand on city’s biggest issues," 25 May 2018 According to the American Public Transportation Association, spending on U.S. public transit rose by more than 50% between 2005 and 2015, reaching $65 billion in operating and capital spending nationwide. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Retail’s New E-Commerce Headache: Delivering Workers to Warehouses," 12 Oct. 2018 Indeed, it's been said that a majority of voters south of M-59 favor more public transit while those living north of it oppose it. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Forget what Brooks says: Regional transit has life in metro Detroit," 25 May 2018 Prevailing opinion says that the United States just isn’t a nation of public transit. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of public transit

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public transit was in 1847

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