short line

noun
a bus or rail route covering only a limited distance.

Origin:
1850–55

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Example sentences
Below that level, it will be a candidate for being spun off to a short line
  operator or being abandoned.
The faults of a short line are jerkiness and excessive compression.
The symbol consists of three parts: a long line, a short line, and a number.
These two giant railroads have either abandoned their branch lines or sold or
  leased them to short line railroads.
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