public transit

variants: US public transit or British public transport

Definition of public transit

: mass transit public transit remains the smartest way to navigate hectic downtowns.National Geographer Traveler … jobs restoring our water sewage systems, our highways and bridges, our public transit system and our crumbling schools, ports and public buildings.— Ralph Nader

Examples of public transit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take, for example, the employer mentioned in a previous column that stopped offering employees a public transit subsidy after shifting to an all-remote model during the pandemic. Washington Post, "Employee benefits in the post-vaccine world are changing," 8 Apr. 2021 Why not focus on improving public transit options from the Bayview and Excelsior and other distant neighborhoods? Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Golden Gate Park's main drag has been closed to cars during the pandemic. The fight over its future is heating up," 7 Apr. 2021 Oil billionaires Charles and David Koch have tried to derail public transit plans in cities across the nation such as Little Rock, Arkansas, to Nashville. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "An Amtrak station might be coming to Phoenix. Here's what that could mean for the city," 3 Apr. 2021 But in public transit research, the cause and effect of adding bike lanes is a matter of debate. Veronica Penney New York Times, Star Tribune, "Pop-up lanes increase cycling during pandemic, study shows," 2 Apr. 2021 It’s a pledge pitched not at public transit enthusiasts, but drivers. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Biden Wants You Out of Your Car and on the Train," 2 Apr. 2021 That’s well below the $500 billion public transit electrification plan put forward by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Andy Levin along with Senator Elizabeth Warren earlier this month. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Biden Is Too Worried About the Deficit, Not Worried Enough About Climate Change," 31 Mar. 2021 A year ago the pandemic drained the subway of nearly all its riders, sickened thousands of New York City transit workers and plunged North America’s largest public transit agency into its worst financial emergency ever. New York Times, "The Subway Needs Riders to Save It. Will They?," 22 Mar. 2021 In contrast, grocery workers, public transit employees and other frontline workers in Washington became eligible for vaccines Wednesday. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "One year in, coronavirus pandemic has upended life for Oregon’s workers and exposed stark disparities," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Public transit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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