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 Red Line, the first part of the new bus rapid transit system, has been in use for more than a year and a half. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "Bill threatening IndyGo bus rapid transit dies in the House," 7 Apr. 2021 In the long run, the Reinventing Metro plan is expected to include new bus routes, longer and more frequent service, more weekend and crosstown service and bus rapid transit. Hannah K. Sparling, The Enquirer, "City bus riders will have to pay 25 cents more starting April 4. County riders will pay less.," 4 Mar. 2021 The 60-foot buses would be part of Metro Transit's fleet, including the Orange Line and the B and D lines, new bus rapid transit lines in the works. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "Biodiesel, not electric, buses may join Metro Transit fleet," 2 Mar. 2021 What the mayors wouldn’t commit to on Friday isadding an additional fifth of a penny to the levy proposal, and dedicating that revenue to help fund two bus rapid transit projects. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Fulton mayors agree on new T-SPLOST, differ on Bus Rapid Transit," 8 Feb. 2021 Lightfoot needs Biden's help for federal cash to keep CTA buses and rapid transit rolling through diminished ridership due to the pandemic. John Kass Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "If Rahm returns, we'll know the old guard has been restored," 3 Dec. 2020 With their 225 apartments, the Van Aken towers would boost ridership on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s rapid transit Blue Line. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Developers, architects, and Shaker Heights should sweat details of proposed Van Aken apartment towers," 24 Jan. 2021 Proponents of the connector are also discussing whether portions of rapid transit right-of-way owned by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority east of Iron Court could help make those connections. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Coronavirus pandemic gives fresh impetus to global bike boom including trail projects in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio," 27 Dec. 2020 Some service changes on the commuter rail and ferry could take place as early as January 2021, while the changes to rapid transit would be made in the spring 2021 and to buses later in the summer. Steve Leblanc, Star Tribune, "Transit officials propose service cuts in wake of pandemic," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of rapid transit

1873, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Rapid transit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapid%20transit. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rapid transit

chiefly US : the system that is used in cities for quickly bringing people to and from places on trains, buses, etc.

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