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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The region also has an expansive bus rapid transit network. oregonlive, "Study: Portland has 10th best public transit system in the nation," 10 Sep. 2019 The streetcar could be complemented by a Metro-helmed, $287-million bus-rapid transit system, or BRT, planned to connect Pasadena and North Hollywood via Burbank and Glendale. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Proposed Glendale streetcar rolls into focus," 6 Aug. 2019 This is one of the last blank-canvas properties along rapid transit in Greater Boston. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Developer’s plan for Riverside Station site is scaled back, but the opposition isn’t likely to end," 8 Sep. 2019 The FasTracks initiative is approved by voters, paving the way for construction of 122 miles of light-rail and commuter-rail tracks and 18 miles of bus rapid transit. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Timeline: 50 years of the Regional Transportation District," 1 July 2019 The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday approved a $9 million deal with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority to buy 15 buses for the city’s bus rapid transit system, Birmingham Xpress. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "Purchase of 15 buses pushes Birmingham Xpress forward," 15 Aug. 2019 The country now has 13 such rapid transit systems, covering 638.91 km with over 450 stations in key Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai, among others. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "As India readies an underwater line, here’s a look at its various metro networks," 12 Aug. 2019 Proponents say bus rapid transit will revolutionize public transit in the city, even if San Francisco has discredited the idea that it can be put on streets quickly. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "City says it’s back on track with long-delayed Van Ness transit project," 18 Aug. 2019 Here’s a look at the existing ones: Delhi Metro: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is credited with building and operating the country’s largest network of rapid transit (373 kms with 271 stations). Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "As India readies an underwater line, here’s a look at its various metro networks," 12 Aug. 2019

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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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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