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rapid transit

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noun
  1. a system of public transportation in a metropolitan area, usually a subway or elevated train system.
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Origin of rapid transit

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
Related formsrap·id-tran·sit, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rapid transit

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • In this way London has solved its rapid-transit problem, though it could be done only at enormous cost.

  • I've heard you decry these snapshot, rapid-transit, tunnel divorces many a time.

    The Climbers

    Clyde Fitch