Mayor Dixon Announces Launch of the Charm City Circulator's Orange Route

Thursday, January 14

   

Mayor Sheila Dixon was joined by Baltimore City Department of Transportation Director Alfred H. Foxx and business, tourism and community leaders for a ribbon cutting ceremony to launch the new Charm City Circulator’s Orange Route.

The Charm City Circulator is a fleet of 21 eco-friendly buses that will travel along three routes in Baltimore City. This new fleet of hybrid electric buses is the first of its kind in a major metropolitan area. The shuttles are designed to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gases while offering a reliable and convenient alternative mode of transportation. Best of all, the new Charm City Circulator provides free service for everyone.

“This new fleet of eco-friendly buses will provide a faster, cleaner and greener way to travel about Baltimore’s busy downtown neighborhoods,” said Mayor Dixon. “Similar systems in cities across the country have helped to decrease congestion and improve air quality. We are very proud to launch such an innovative alternative mode of transportation which is free of charge for all who want to ride.”

The Charm City Circulator will serve the needs of residents, employees and tourists by providing a fast and energy-efficient way to move about Baltimore. The buses will operate on three separate routes. The Orange Route, which begins operations today, will travel along Lombard and Pratt Streets between Hollins Market and Harbor East. The Purple Route will link Federal Hill to Penn Station via Charles and St. Paul Streets. The Green Route will provide free service to fringe parking areas along Fallsway and Guilford, through Harbor East and Fells Point to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Purple and Green Routes will be deployed in the spring of 2010.

The Charm City Circulator will provide citizens with the opportunity to connect between other forms of public transportation such as the light rail, MARC trains, the subway and even the Water Taxi Harbor Connector. The new shuttle service will also tie together growing communities in the busy downtown district and will allow for downtown employees to connect with less expensive parking areas on the outskirts of town.

In order to provide fast and convenient service, the Department of Transportation has installed designated bus lanes along with other transit priority mechanisms in the service area. These methods will keep the shuttles moving on a ten minute frequency, seven days a week.

In order to learn more about the Charm City Circulator, patrons may visit <a href="http://www.charmcitycirculator.com">Charm City Circulator</a>. The website provides detailed information including hours of operation, route maps, and stop locations. The City of Baltimore encourages residents, visitors and employees to take advantage of Baltimore’s new clean, green and free Charm City Circulator!