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rapid transit

a system of public transportation in a metropolitan area, usually a subway or elevated train system.
Compare mass transit.
1870-75, Americanism
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rapid-transit, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is all made possible by the bus rapid transit system his administration helped launch.
  • The convenience of rapid transit over distance comes with a price tag.
  • Use some of the right of way to create bus rapid transit, light rail, and bicycle corridors to serve and link these hubs.
  • They will be building new rapid transit over the next few years.
  • About every rapid transit line in the city leads to, or provides connection for, the grounds.
  • The buildings would be powered in part by wind and solar energy and connected to the city center by elevated rapid transit.
  • We need to design for the pedestrian and biker in conjunction with car travel and rapid transit.
  • Corrosion and excess friction create demands exceeding sustainability in needless rapid transit when data can do it for free.
  • One braided silver candlestick threw white flame into the polished oaken furniture, and thence by rapid transit to the mirror.
Encyclopedia Article for rapid transit

system of railways, usually electric, that is used for local transit in a metropolitan area. A rapid transit line may run underground (subway), above street level (elevated transit line), or at street level. Rapid transit is distinguished from other forms of mass transit by its operation on exclusive right-of-way, with no access for other vehicles or for pedestrians. See elevated transit line; mass transit; subway.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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