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 12 communities with access to the MBTA’s main rapid transit lines are deep into the planning process, and may now have to recalculate their efforts based on the new rules. Andrew Brinker, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2023 San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said his city has moved to end the use of coal and is launching its first advanced rapid transit line, which will feature low- or zero-emission vehicles. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 28 July 2023 The Federal Transit Administration last week awarded TriMet a $630,000 grant that will go toward helping TriMet build a rapid transit line on 82nd Avenue — a major artery that runs through east Portland. oregonlive, 24 July 2023 The first proposes no expansion of Metrorail, leaving the corridor as is, with transportation needs being left to bus rapid transit lines and Maryland’s light-rail Purple Line system. Justin George, Washington Post, 10 July 2023 The county’s Flash service, a bus rapid transit line, will be excluded. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, 1 July 2023 The county plans to use part of the complex to house and charge its all-electric bus rapid transit vehicles that will run from Fort Belvoir to the Huntington Metro station by 2030, Metro officials said. Justin George, Washington Post, 26 June 2023 But the group has proven resilient, bouncing back to help support a successful overhaul of the state’s gas tax that’s plugged billions into roads and bridges and a MARTA sales tax that will expand the region’s rapid transit system. Mirtha Donastorg, ajc, 31 July 2023 And indeed, public transportation in Alabama has gotten new help from the federal government under Biden’s watch, as is clear in the state’s biggest metropolitan area, Birmingham, where a ground-breaking new bus rapid transit system rolled out in the past year. Marianne Lavelle | Inside Climate News, al, 19 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rapid transit was in 1873

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“Rapid transit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapid%20transit. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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rapid transit

: fast public passenger transportation (as by subway) in cities

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