Circulator bus is SRO, but another off schedule
I had the opportunity to use the Charm City Circulator on the way in to The Sun from Camden Station (that's another story), and it was a mix of pleasant surprises and frustration.
It would be nice to think one could come into Camden Yards on MARC or light rail and easilly make a transfer to the east-west Orange Route. It isn't, because of an awkwardly placed stop blocks away. By the time you reach the first station on Pratt Street, you might as well keep walking to the Inner Harbor.
It was good to see an electronic sign telling riders how long they would have to wait for the next bus. It was dismaying that the signs said the next buses would come in 12 and 23 minutes when they are supposed to come at 10-minute intervals. The headways were actually more stretched out than that because no buses passed me during my walk to the stop from Howard Street.
Heat was certainly not an excuse today, as the weather was so pleasant it was a joy to walk to the Inner Harbor. It would have been a concern on a 95-degree day.
The good news was that when I was able to finally board a Purple Route bus on Light Street, it was standing-room-only (OK, a few large people were occupying multiple seats). That's good because it means the Circulator is catching on and doing a healthy business -- attracting people from all walks of life.