CART free on Earth Day

From The Norman Transcript:

Cleveland Area Rapid Transit is encouraging Norman to be part of the solution by celebrating Earth Day on Wednesday by offering free fare on all routes.

CART is joining Metro Transit in Oklahoma City in the initiative to promote public transportation as a more environmentally friendly way to go to work, school or just to the grocery store.

The campaign is aimed at transit being part of a metro area solution to reducing an individual’s carbon footprint. A recent American Public Transportation Association study shows one bus replaces an average of 45 cars, drastically reducing air pollution and easing congestion on roads.

Kara Joy McKee of the Norman Sustainability Network said the future of society depends on developing sustainable solutions to the environmental, economic and equity challenges the world faces.

“Public transportation addresses all of these needs by reducing greenhouse gasses, saving money in fuel costs and road maintenance and providing a safe and reliable means of travel for everyone regardless of status,” McKee said.

The regular bus fare for Norman routes is 50 cents while the Sooner Express to Oklahoma City is $2.25 each way.

CART is the only public transportation system in Oklahoma to operate solely on alternative fuels, which is made possible by the newly opened University of Oklahoma Transportation Operations Center. The facility has been lauded for its fueling capabilities, most notably its abundance of CNG.

For more information on how to ride the bus free on Wednesday, visit CART online at www.ridecart.com or call 325-CART.

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