FEBRUARY 16, 2005

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OSU expands shuttle system to serve Oklahoma City


BOB, Oklahoma State University’s Big Orange Bus, has created more course options for Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Stillwater students by enabling them to enroll in classes on any OSU campus.

Oklahoma State University recently launched a shuttle service that transports students and faculty between Oklahoma City and Stillwater.

BOB, OSU’s Big Orange Bus, began serving the Oklahoma City metro area this semester. BOB’s Tulsa to Stillwater shuttle has been operating since 2001.

Jana Benningfield, OSU shuttle coordinator, said the new service has been in the planning stages for more than a year.

“OSU students who live in the Oklahoma City or Edmond could certainly benefit from a shuttle service,” Benningfield said. "The university has been working very hard to provide these students with every opportunity to attend OSU.”

Benningfield said the inspiration for the new service was the success of OSU’s shuttle between Tulsa and Stillwater. More than 30,000 tickets were issued last year for the Tulsa to Stillwater shuttle and due to increasing ridership, two new shuttle runs were added to the OSU-Tulsa schedule last semester. There are now nine round trips made between the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses daily. Benningfield said she expects the Oklahoma City shuttle to see the same type of growth.

The university provides eight round trips daily between Oklahoma City and Stillwater from 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new shuttle service picks up passengers at a park and ride facility located off I-35 on 122nd Street in Oklahoma City and at Quail Springs Mall in Edmond. One-way ticket prices for students are $5. For more information, contact the Stillwater Shuttle Office in 202A Student Union at 405-744-7100.