Funding ready as Norman plans to take over CART bus system from OU

NORMAN, Okla. – Officials say a more than $3 million funding plan is ready as Norman plans to take over the city’s public bus system.

The Norman Transcript reported Sunday that the city is scheduled to take over the CART bus system in full on July 1.

Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary says the University of Oklahoma plans to transfer operations to Norman, thanks to $2 million in federal funds and $1.1 million in city funds.

O’Leary says the city is negotiating with Embark to operate the Norman public bus system. Municipal staff on Tuesday plan to update the Norman City Council.

Embark currently operates Oklahoma City bus transit and streetcar systems.

O’Leary says it’s been a long process since August when OU announced plans to discontinue its bus partnership with Norman.

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