public transit

noun
variants: or British public transport
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of public transit

1847


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