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 Wochit As the Red Line nears the half-year mark, IndyGo continues to make improvements to the rapid transit line. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Red Line riders will see these improvements in the coming months," 6 Feb. 2020 Macao's new rapid transit line — which opened last week — has been suspended and traffic controls imposed on water routes. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "As Macao marks 20 years under China’s rule, Xi’s visit to the casino hub is a busted flush," 19 Dec. 2019 Up the Ohio River, Cincinnati is debating whether to fund a new bus rapid transit line. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "'Bus rapid transit' is coming to Louisville. Here's what to know about TARC's new line," 3 Jan. 2020 While millions still depend largely on the robust suburban railway network, other modes of rapid transit such as Monorail and Metro still cover only a small section of Maximum City. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, "In the Delhi versus Mumbai real estate debate, there’s no easy answer," 19 Dec. 2019 The voters polled were briefed on the potential sweeping benefits of the measure -- including light rail expansion, bus rapid transit service and seismic upgrades to bridges. Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Metro looking at ‘combination of taxes,’ to help pay for $6.25 billion in transportation projects," 11 Dec. 2019 Further Reading Google’s Waymo risks repeating Silicon Valley’s most famous blunder In large metropolitan areas, there's still significant demand for rapid transit from the suburbs into the urban core. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How self-driving shuttles could enable car-free living in the suburbs," 11 Oct. 2019 The gale of problems that has battered the Orange Line in recent days — new cars pulled from service, suspicious noises, delay after delay — has been unnerving, even for that beleaguered branch of the MBTA’s not-always-rapid transit system. BostonGlobe.com, "Grimy floors. Trash strewn about. Windows streaked with glazy film and criss-crossed with scratches. Backpacks turned into quasi-weapons whirling around in overcrowded cars.," 11 Dec. 2019 Since the bus rapid transit system launch on Sept. 1, it's been free to ride the 13.1-mile route from Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "No more free rides: Red Line users will need to start buying tickets on Dec. 1," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rapid transit

1873, in the meaning defined above

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11 Feb 2020

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“Rapid transit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapid%20transit. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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