Shuttle service to the Sound to Narrows will cost runners $1.50 each way because of new federal regulations, a Pierce Transit spokesman said Friday.
The shuttle has been free in previous years.
Lars Erickson of Pierce Transit says new federal regulation designed to open special events to private charter companies means race sponsor Multicare can no longer pay fares for runners.
Erickson said Multicare requested to pay the fee, but Pierce Transit is now required to decline all third party reimbursement.
Erickson says Sound to Narrows is the first major event impacted by the new regulation that went into effect April 30. However, it will also impact service to events such as the Tall Ships, Taste of Tacoma and the Puyallup Fair.
The 36th running of the Sound to Narrows is June 14 at Vassault Playfield.