NORMAN — Sooner fans riding the shuttle from the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot to the stadium today may get a pleasant surprise.
The service, which was $2 last season, is now free.
The University of Oklahoma did away with the fee to comply with a new Federal Transit Administration regulation regarding charter service.
The rule prohibits local transit authorities from offering game day service to fans if the fee is higher than the regular fare.
CART service from the Lloyd Noble Center is offered for free on weekdays to students, faculty and staff.
Theta Dempsey, director of parking and transportation service for OU, said the university already was considering options for game day parking when the federal rule was announced.
"That was the tipping point for us on making the shuttle service no charge,” she said.
By definition, if the service is free it's no longer considered a charter service, so the federal regulation won't apply, she said.
Street parking changes
About 4,000 passengers use the shuttle for each game, said Kris Glenn, marketing and public relations specialist for OU's parking and transportation department.
"It's our hope that if it's free, more people will ride,” Glenn said.