Press Release: Charm City Circulator Celebrates its One Year Anniversary

Tuesday, January 11
PRESS RELEASE:
CITY OF BALTIMORE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor

The Charm City Circulator Celebrates its One Year Anniversary

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation today announced the one year anniversary of the Charm City Circulator. Baltimore’s new shuttle service started a year ago on January 11, 2010 with the launch of the Orange Route. The Charm City Circulator has proven to be a huge success for residents, employees and tourists traveling in the busy downtown district.

Since the launch of the Charm City Circulator’s Orange and Purple Routes, nearly 1.2 million patrons have taken advantage of this new shuttle service and ridership has averaged more than 4,500 passengers per day. This figure far exceeds initial ridership projections and response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive.

“The City of Baltimore is happy to celebrate such a successful year of the Charm City Circulator,” said Khalil Zaied, Director of Baltimore City’s Department of Transportation. “We are pleased that so many people have taken advantage of this innovative service which will help mitigate traffic by reducing the number of vehicles that travel in the busy downtown area.”

The Charm City Circulator is a fleet of eco-friendly buses that travel in the downtown district. The shuttles are designed to reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gases while offering a reliable and convenient mode of alternative transportation. Best of all, the Charm City Circulator provides free service for everyone.

(more)The Circulator buses operate on several routes. The Orange Route travels along Lombard and Pratt Streets between Hollins Market and Harbor East. The Purple Route, which began operations in June, 2010 links 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 the Johns Hopkins Hospital and should be deployed later this year. A fourth route, which will extend from the Baltimore Visitor’s Center to Fort McHenry, is planned for deployment to coincide with the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812.

The Charm City Circulator provides 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 shuttle service also ties together growing communities in the busy downtown district and allows for downtown employees to connect with less expensive parking areas on the outskirts of town.

The City of Baltimore encourages residents, visitors and downtown employees to use alternative modes of transportation and ride the free Charm City Circulator. To learn more about the Charm City Circulator, visit www.charmcitycirculator.com.

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