Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Announces Launch of the Charm City Circulator's Purple Route

Monday, June 07

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by Baltimore City Department of Transportation Director Alfred H. Foxx, Councilman Bill Cole, business, tourism and community leaders at the Cross Street Market to launch the new Purple Route of the Charm City Circulator.

The Purple Route is the North/South course of the Charm City’s Circulator routing system. It connects Federal Hill with Penn Station and all of the other adjacent neighborhoods such as Charles Belvedere. It will serve the North Charles Arts District, Mercy Hospital, the University of Baltimore and all of the hotels, boutiques, eateries and other attractions along the Charles and St. Paul Street corridors. 

“The Charm City Circulator will provide residents and visitors with an exciting means of navigating Baltimore while reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gases,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake. “More importantly, it will play a significant role in helping us build stronger neighborhoods and businesses within the city.”

The Charm City Circulator’s operation is a fleet of 21 eco-friendly buses that will travel along three routes in Baltimore City. This distinctive 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 convenient and reliable mode of alternative transportation.

The buses will operate on three separate routes. The Orange Route began operations in January and runs along Lombard and Pratt Streets between Hollins Market and Harbor East. The Green route will provide shuttle service to fringe parking areas along Fallsway and Guilford, through Harbor East and Fells Point to the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Green Route should be deployed later this year.

The Charm City Circulator will provide citizens with the opportunity to connect between other forms of mass transit such as the light rail, MARC trains, the subway and even the Water Taxi Harbor Connector. The new Purple Route will link commuters from Penn Station to attractions in the busy downtown district.  Growing communities in Baltimore will also be joined by the Charm City Circulator, and downtown employees will also have a way 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.

Visit our Website @