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The Charm City Circulator
Charm City Circulator
(CCC or Downtown Circulator) is a privately funded, public transit shuttle bus service giving riders connection to historic sites, parking, and businesses throughout downtown Baltimore for free. The newest system in Maryland
Maryland
was established in 2008, but did not begin inaugural service until January 11, 2010 because of funding issues. The system currently operates four routes on major streets throughout downtown. The system also connects to the city's water taxi and MTA Maryland.

Contents

1 History 2 Bus routes 3 Water taxi harbor connector routes 4 Bus fleet roster 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] The Charm City Circulator
Charm City Circulator
started as a plan by former mayor Sheila Dixon to make Baltimore
Baltimore
an eco-friendly city and utilize transport throughout Downtown without the patron spending a dime. The plan was to launch three routes connecting across the inner-city, but delays in bus delivery caused routes to be implemented over 18 months rather than all at once. Service is seven days-a-week, with ten-minute intervals between buses. On January 11, 2010; the Orange Route became the pilot service for the Charm City Circulator
Charm City Circulator
travelling east-west via Pratt Street/Lombard Street, Central Avenue, and Baltimore
Baltimore
Street. As soon as three months after service of the first line begin, the "CCC" reached the 100,000 riders milestone. Nearly six months later on June 4, the Purple Route began service travelling north-south via Charles Street & St. Paul/Light Streets. The much anticipated Green Route recently began service just outside downtown connecting City Hall to Johns Hopkins Medical Center via Broadway, Fleet Street, and President Street. On August 15, 2011, the city of Baltimore received $1.6 million in federal funds to expand service to Fort McHenry sometime in early 2012. The new route branded the "Banner Route" color branded as Blue Route will relieve congestion and make it easier for visitors to get to/from the famous landmark as well just in time for the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration. The expansion comes as the line's operator is the subject of some protests in Europe over its operations in Israel.[1] Bus routes[edit]

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Route Numbered stops Major streets Tourist connection MTA connection Began service

Green: Johns Hopkins to City Hall via Fells Point 101–126

Broadway Fleet Street

Baltimore
Baltimore
Juvenile Detention Center City Hall Baltimore
Baltimore
City Police HQ Port Discovery Reginald F. Lewis Museum Harbor East Maritime Park Broadway Market Fells Point Washington Hill Johns Hopkins Hospital

Rail: (M) Bus: 5, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15, 19, 20, 23, 26, 31, qb40, qb46, qb47, qb48, 91, 104, 105, 110, 115, 119, 120, 150, 160, 410, 411, 420

November 1, 2011

Orange: Harbor East to Hollins Market 201–228

Pratt/Lombard Streets Baltimore
Baltimore
Street

Hollins Market B&O Railroad Museum UMB BioPark Veterans Affairs Medical Center Camden Yards Convention Center The Gallery/Harborplace National Aquarium in Baltimore Harbor East Little Italy Jewish Museum of Maryland Holocaust Memorial Fallon Federal Building 1st Mariner Arena

Rail: (L), (M), (MARC/Camden Line) Bus: 1, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 17, 19, 20, 27, 31, 35, qb46, qb48, 61, 64, 110, 119, 120, 160, 310, 320, 410, 411, 420

January 11, 2010

Purple: Federal Hill to 33rd Street via Penn Station 301–327

Charles Street St. Paul/Light Streets

Federal Hill Cross Street Market Maryland
Maryland
Science Center The Gallery/Harborplace Mercy Medical Center Washington Monument Mount Vernon Baltimore
Baltimore
Penn Station Spotlighters Theatre Peabody Institute Preston Gardens Mitchell Courthouse Charles Center

Rail: (L), (M), (MARC/Penn Line) Bus: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 31, 35, 36, qb40, qb46, qb48, 61, 64, 91, 103, 105, 110, 115, 119, 120, 150, 160, 164, 310, 320, 410, 411, 420

June 4, 2010 (33rd Street Expansion October 5, 2015)

Banner: Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry 401–420

Charles Street Light Street Key Highway Fort Avenue

Fort McHenry Museum of Industry Visionary Arts Museum Maryland
Maryland
Science Center Baltimore
Baltimore
Visitors Center

Bus: 1, 3, 7, 10, 11, 19, 31, 35, 61, 64, 103, 119, 164

June 4, 2012

Legend = (L): Light Rail, (M): Metro Subway

Water taxi harbor connector routes[edit]

Destinations Bus connection Frequency Year begin

Maritime Park to Tide Point Canton Waterfront Park to Tide Point

CCC: Green MTA: 13

Maritime Park to Tide Point

15 minutes

Canton Waterfront Park to Tide Point

30 minutes

2011

Harbor East to Harbor View

CCC: Banner, Green

Harbor East to Harbor View

TBD

2012 (TBD)

Bus fleet roster[edit]

Year Picture Manufacturer Model Length (ft.) Fuel or propulsion Powertain (engine/transmission) Fleet series (qty.) Notes

2009

DCo Olymbus 30 Hybrid

Capstone C30

BRI AC motor

0901–0913 (13)

To be retired in spring 2012 due to reliability issues[2][3]

2011

Van Hool A300L 40 Diesel

Cummins ISL9

Voith D864.5

1101–1105 (5)

Bus #1105 has three doors Engine compartment placed in left-center of vehicle

DBNA [4][5][6] 07.501 "3G" BRT Hybrid

Cummins ISB6

BAE Systems
BAE Systems
HybriDrive system

1201–1208 (8)

Arrived November 2011

2012

1209–1213 (5)

To replace 2009-series Last four buses wrapped in "Banner Route" decals

All current and future buses in fleet are hybrid or clean-diesel vehicles under the Cleaner, Greener Baltimore
Baltimore
Initiative's plan. Charm City Circulator
Charm City Circulator
(operated by Veolia) bus yard located at 1400 Cherry Hill Road. Two blocks from Cherry Hill light rail stop and connection to MTA bus routes 27, 29, and 51.

References[edit]

^ [1] ^ "For the Charm City Circulator, 'growing pains are inevitable'". Baltimore
Baltimore
Business Journal. August 26, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2011.  ^ "Circulator marks a year on the streets". Baltimore
Baltimore
Sun. January 11, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011.  ^ "Circulator marks a year on the streets". Baltimore
Baltimore
Sun. January 11, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2011.  ^ "Preview!: Charm City Circulator
Charm City Circulator
(City of Baltimore) 2011 Orion VII NG BRT #1202". WMATAvids. September 25, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011.  ^ "Daimler showcases Orion buses with added features, technology". metro-magazine. October 5, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 

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External links[edit]

http://www.charmcitycirculator.com/ http://godowntownbaltimore.com/ http://baltimorecity.gov/

v t e

Transportation in Metropolitan Baltimore

Agencies

MTA MDOT

Local Rail

               Light Rail (Stations)      Metro Subway

MARC Train

     Camden Line      Penn Line

Bus

MTA bus service (Routes) Charm City Circulator Annapolis Transit BWI Marshall Airport Shuttle Harford Transit RTA Central Maryland

Other

Amtrak Intercity buses Baltimore
Baltimore
Bike Share Water Taxi

Aviation

BWI Thurgood Marshall International Airport Martin State Airport Tipton Airport

Automobile

Intrastate

MD 2 MD 10 MD 25 MD 26 MD 43 MD 45 MD 100 MD 139 MD 140 MD 144 MD 147 MD 175 MD 295 MD 542 MD 702 MD 940

Interstate

I-70 I-83 I-95 I-97 I-195 I-395 I-695 I-795 I-895 US 1 US 29 US 40

Future projects

     Red Line Green Line Yellow Line Charles Street Trolley BaltimoreLink

v t e

Maryland
Maryland
Transit Administration

Local rail transit services

Baltimore
Baltimore
area

     Light RailLink      Metro SubwayLink

D.C. area

     Purple Line

MARC Train

     Penn Line      Camden Line      Brunswick Line

Bus services

CityLink LocalLink Express BusLink Commuter Bus

See also

Maryland
Maryland
Transit Administration Police CharmCard William Donald Schaefer Building

Italics denote services currently

.