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.

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Artists selected for the project will each receive $1,500 to create designs for artworks capable of being digitized, printed on vinyl, and affixed to the windows of a rapid transit Red Line car. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "LAND Studio seeks artists for next phase of Red Line rapid transit art project," 17 Apr. 2018 Initiatives such as an expanding bus rapid transit network, a new Cultural Trail, and a 2020 plan for the city’s bicentennial focused on reviving key neighborhoods, suggest a city focused on equity and quality-of-life issues. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 The Lusso is their vision of four-seat rapid transit, the ultimate anti-crossover. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferrari "Family Car" Still Spits Fire," 24 Aug. 2018 People living in the Sound Transit taxing district pay additional voter-approvedcar-tab fees, to help finance construction of light rail plus more Sounder trains, park-and-ride spaces and bus-rapid transit over the next 25 years. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "What does Washington state do about newcomers who keep out-of-state license plates?," 23 July 2018 On the Belmont platform, the environmental engineer told me the el factored into her decision to take her current job instead of one in a city with no rapid transit. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans to Wisconsin: Thanks but no thanks—we’ll take the train," 21 Feb. 2018 Bus rapid transit service will be included in traffic improvements planned along Ga. 400, but what is that? Brian O'shea, ajc, "What is bus rapid transit included in Atlanta traffic project?," 20 June 2018 Roswell Mayor Lori Henry last winter criticized an earlier proposal for bus rapid transit on Holcomb Bridge itself, citing traffic congestion and lack of right-of-way for BRT lanes in the corridor. David Ibata, ajc, "Roswell open to bus rapid transit, with a caveat," 12 July 2018 Portland adopted a green bond resolution after learning from peer cities in the C40 network, while Chicago instituted new bus rapid transit programs due to insight from international cities who already established such routes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate Mayors: The impact a year after the U.S. left the Paris agreement," 30 May 2018

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rapid transit

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

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