- a system of public transportation in a metropolitan area, usually a subway or elevated train system.
Compare mass transit.
Origin of rapid transit
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for rapid transit
Men are the real, rapid-transit champion gossips and talkers of the world.Discourses of Keidansky
Bernard G. Richards
"Rapid-transit" facilities for passing through divorce courts should be cut off, and divorce "agencies" should be suppressed.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
In this way London has solved its rapid-transit problem, though it could be done only at enormous cost.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
I've heard you decry these snapshot, rapid-transit, tunnel divorces many a time.The Climbers