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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] [PJC]