[par-uh-tran-sit, -zit]
public or group transportation, as by automobile, van, or minibus, organized to relieve the congestion of mass transportation.

1970–75; para-1 + transit Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Main Entry:  paratransit
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any type of public transportation that is distinct from conventional transit, such as flexibly scheduled and routed services such as airport limousines, carpools, etc.
Etymology:  para- 'alongside of' + transit's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

1973, from para- (q.v.) + transit.
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Example sentences
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.
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