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5 Words That Have Different Meanings in Transit

Posted September 11th, 2019
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Some words have a different meaning in public transit.  

Can you guess the transit-related meanings of these words?

paddle

paddle photo credit: store.carlislepaddles.com

The dictionary says: a short pole with a broad blade at one or both ends, used without an oarlock to move a small boat or canoe through the water.

In transit: a number assigned to each bus operator and the bus they’ll be using that day.

block

blocks

The dictionary says: a large solid piece of hard material, especially rock, stone, or wood, typically with flat surfaces on each side.

In transit: the number assigned to a specific trip of a certain line and direction.

deadhead

Deadhead

The dictionary says: a fan and follower of the rock group the Grateful Dead.

In transit: to drive a bus to the start of a route in order to start serving customers

coach

coach

The dictionary says: a horse-drawn carriage, especially a closed one.

In transit: a bus!

CAD

CAD

The dictionary says: computer-aided design.

In transit: Computer-aided dispatch, which is a way of dispatching buses assisted by computer.

How many did you guess?

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