Norman residents try out mass transit and are pleased

From The Norman Transcript:

Norman residents responded to the newspaper ads and posters around town by riding the bus.

“It’s very convenient, and I like that they have the free ride day today, ’cause it introduces more people to the bus routes,” said Floreta Buzzell, who moved to Norman about two weeks ago. She saw the ads about Dump the Pump and decided to use her day off work to ride around different routes and get to know the city.

There were plenty of incentives to ride the bus Thursday. In addition to free rides all day, everyone who rode the bus got a free T-shirt. Some routes also had live entertainment.

Last year’s Dump the Pump saw huge increases in ridership on the Alameda and Main Street routes. Although final numbers weren’t in Thursday evening, the same seemed to be holding true for this event.

The 10 a.m. Alameda East route was so full at times riders had to stand. Business people, bus regulars, errand-runners and even families rode the bus.

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