Transportation vs. Transit - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Transportation

    Transport or transportation is the movement of humans, animals and goods from one location to another. Modes of transport include air, land (rail and road), water, cable, pipeline and space. The field can be divided into infrastructure, vehicles and operations. Transport is important because it enables trade between people, which is essential for the development of civilizations. Transport infrastructure consists of the fixed installations including roads, railways, airways, waterways, canals and pipelines and terminals such as airports, railway stations, bus stations, warehouses, trucking terminals, refueling depots (including fueling docks and fuel stations) and seaports. Terminals may be used both for interchange of passengers and cargo and for maintenance. Vehicles traveling on these networks may include automobiles, bicycles, buses, trains, trucks, people, helicopters, watercraft, spacecraft and aircraft. Operations deal with the way the vehicles are operated, and the procedures set for this purpose including financing, legalities, and policies. In the transport industry, operations and ownership of infrastructure can be either public or private, depending on the country and mode. Passenger transport may be public, where operators provide scheduled services, or private. Freight transport has become focused on containerization, although bulk transport is used for large volumes of durable items. Transport plays an important part in economic growth and globalization, but most types cause air pollution and use large amounts of land. While it is heavily subsidized by governments, good planning of transport is essential to make traffic flow and restrain urban sprawl.

Wiktionary

  • Transportation (noun)

    The act of transporting, or the state of being transported; conveyance, often of people, goods etc.

    "We have to get people out of their cars and encourage them to use alternative forms of transportation."

  • Transportation (noun)

    to a penal colony.

    "Mulligan's sentence was commuted from death to transportation."

  • Transportation (noun)

    A means of conveyance.

    "Nice transportation, dude, but your brake lights are busted."

  • Transportation (noun)

    A ticket or fare.

  • Transit (noun)

    The act of passing over, across, or through something.

  • Transit (noun)

    The conveyance of people or goods from one place to another, especially on a public transportation system; the vehicles used for such conveyance.

    "the transit of goods through a country"

  • Transit (noun)

    The passage of a celestial body across the observer's meridian, or across the disk of a larger celestial body.

  • Transit (noun)

    A surveying instrument rather like a theodolite that measures horizontal and vertical angles.

  • Transit (noun)

    An imaginary line between two objects whose positions are known. When the navigator sees one object directly in front of the other, the navigator knows that his position is on the transit.

  • Transit (noun)

    A Ford Transit van, see Transit. en

  • Transit (noun)

    Public transport system.

  • Transit (verb)

    To pass over, across or through something.

  • Transit (verb)

    To revolve an instrument about its horizontal axis so as to reverse its direction.

  • Transit (verb)

    To make a transit.

  • Transit (verb)

    To carry communications traffic to and from a customer or another network on a compensation basis as opposed to peerage in which the traffic to and from another network is carried on an equivalency basis or without charge.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Transit (noun)

    the carrying of people or things from one place to another

    "a painting was damaged in transit"

  • Transit (noun)

    the conveyance of passengers on public transport.

  • Transit (noun)

    the action of passing through or across a place

    "Guatemala is to have freedom of transit across Belize"

  • Transit (noun)

    the passage of an inferior planet across the face of the sun, or of a moon or its shadow across the face of a planet

    "the transits of Mercury across the sun's disc"

  • Transit (noun)

    the apparent passage of a celestial body across the meridian of a place.

  • Transit (noun)

    the passage of a celestial body through a specified sign, house, or area of a chart.

  • Transit (verb)

    pass across or through (an area)

    "the new large ships will be too big to transit the Panama Canal"

  • Transit (verb)

    (of a planet or other celestial body) pass across (the face of another body, or a meridian)

    "at the end of February Jupiter transits the meridian"

  • Transit (verb)

    (of a celestial body) pass across (a specified sign, house, or area of a chart).

Webster Dictionary

  • Transportation (noun)

    The act of transporting, or the state of being transported; carriage from one place to another; removal; conveyance.

  • Transportation (noun)

    Transport; ecstasy.

  • Transit (noun)

    The act of passing; passage through or over.

  • Transit (noun)

    The act or process of causing to pass; conveyance; as, the transit of goods through a country.

  • Transit (noun)

    A line or route of passage or conveyance; as, the Nicaragua transit.

  • Transit (noun)

    The passage of a heavenly body over the meridian of a place, or through the field of a telescope.

  • Transit (noun)

    An instrument resembling a theodolite, used by surveyors and engineers; - called also transit compass, and surveyor's transit.

  • Transit

    To pass over the disk of (a heavenly body).

Princeton's WordNet

  • Transportation (noun)

    a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods

  • Transportation (noun)

    the act of transporting something from one location to another

  • Transportation (noun)

    the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance

  • Transportation (noun)

    the United States federal department that institutes and coordinates national transportation programs; created in 1966

  • Transportation (noun)

    the commercial enterprise of transporting goods and materials

  • Transportation (noun)

    the act of expelling a person from their native land;

    "men in exile dream of hope"

    "his deportation to a penal colony"

    "the expatriation of wealthy farmers"

    "the sentence was one of transportation for life"

  • Transit (noun)

    a surveying instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles, consisting of a small telescope mounted on a tripod

  • Transit (noun)

    a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods

  • Transit (noun)

    a journey usually by ship;

    "the outward passage took 10 days"

  • Transit (verb)

    make a passage or journey from one place to another

  • Transit (verb)

    pass across (a sign or house of the zodiac) or pass across (the disk of a celestial body or the meridian of a place);

    "The comet will transit on September 11"

  • Transit (verb)

    revolve (the telescope of a surveying transit) about its horizontal transverse axis in order to reverse its direction

  • Transit (verb)

    cause or enable to pass through;

    "The canal will transit hundreds of ships every day"

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