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paratransit

[par-uh-tran-sit, -zit] /ˌpær əˈtræn sɪt, -zɪt/
noun
1.
public or group transportation, as by automobile, van, or minibus, organized to relieve the congestion of mass transportation.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; para-1 + transit
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Examples from the web for paratransit
  • Smaller cities could have bicycles, buses and paratransit vehicles.
  • Information on paratransit van service for people with disabilities.
  • In meetings open to the public, the committee addresses a wide variety of matters relevant to the paratransit community.
  • Integration of the paratransit service for individuals with disabilities into the general fixed service routes.
  • Accessible transit services, sometimes called paratransit, offer additional services that regular transit cannot.
Contemporary definitions for paratransit
noun

any type of public transportation that is distinct from conventional transit, such as flexibly scheduled and routed services such as airport limousines, carpools, etc.

Word Origin

para- 'alongside of' + transit

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Word Origin and History for paratransit
n.

also para-transit, 1973, from para- (1) + transit.

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