From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

jitney \jitney\ n.
   1. a small bus or similar vehicle carrying passengers on a
      fixed route, used for public transport. [WordNet sense 1]

   Note: Probably so called because they once charged a nickel
         for the ride. --RHUD
         [WordNet 1.5]

   2. A five-cent piece; a nickel. [slang, archaic]
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