rapid transit


Definition of rapid transit

: fast passenger transportation (as by subway) in urban areas

Examples of rapid transit in a Sentence

We'll use rapid transit to get from the airport to the hotel.
Recent Examples on the Web The bus rapid transit route would stretch from H.E. Holmes station on the west side of Atlanta to the Indian Creek station in DeKalb County. David Wickert, ajc, 11 May 2022 An east-west rapid transit route is a priority for VIA as soon as the agency has the funding, Arndt said. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Apr. 2022 Construction on IndyGo's second bus rapid transit route, the Purple Line, is set to begin in a few weeks. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Feb. 2022 The next best alternative to a metro is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system, which uses dedicated lanes and a network of lines and stations to mimic metros. Jamaal Glenn, Time, 21 Apr. 2022 Albuquerque, Indianapolis and Cleveland have such advanced rapid transit lines, Arndt said. Megan Stringer, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Apr. 2022 The list also included bus rapid transit lines, station renovations and other improvements. David Wickert, ajc, 4 Feb. 2022 Last year, a bill from Sen. Aaron Freeman, R-Indianapolis, proposed a penalty if IndyGo didn't meet revenue requirements outlined in state law and a ban on future rapid transit lines if those requirements are not met. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Jan. 2022 In a level of anticipation that could have rivaled the opening of a new Shake Shack in San Francisco, hundreds of people gathered on Van Ness Avenue early Friday morning to be among the first to ride the city’s first bus rapid transit. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rapid transit

1873, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Rapid transit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapid%20transit. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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