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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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 The $56 million a year in new tax revenue also would help fund the Red Line, the first of three planned bus rapid transit routes. Kaitlin L Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Repeal of light rail ban might be back on track after last-minute Statehouse maneuver," 12 Mar. 2018 The study will encompass automobile and truck traffic, as well as alternatives to reduce vehicle use or segregate it, such as installation of HOT lanes, truck-only lanes, bus rapid transit, rail, bicycle and pedestrian upgrades. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "I-10 East makeover in very early stages, starting with Tuesday meeting," 12 Feb. 2018 Future light rail projects in Charlotte, including rapid transit through west Charlotte to the airport, would be the longest of long shots. The Observer Editorial Board, charlotteobserver, "A sentence in the proposed state budget could make all future light rail in Charlotte 'impossible'," 29 May 2018 Is skeptical of the bus rapid transit line on Geary Boulevard and says the city should look at building a new subway line instead. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Where SF mayoral candidates stand on city’s biggest issues," 25 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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