Charm City Circulator turning 1
The Charm City Circulator free bus service reaches its first anniversary next Tuesday, and city officials are delighted with its ridership so far.
The city launched its venture into transit service, previously the province of the Maryland Transit Administration, last Jan. 11 with the inauguration of its east-west Orange Route. It followed in June with its north-south Purple Route. So far, the city says ridership has surpassed expectations.
The service had gone through some awkward moments during its maiden year, especially when it discovered the hybrid diesel buses it bought for the service were less resistant to summer heat than they anticipated. It also performed poorly at times when city events forced detours -- such as during Artscape.
Nevertheless, the city plans to forge ahead with the launch of a third line this year.
Getting There is interested in how users of the Circulator view the system. Let us know whether you think it's a boon or a bust for Baltimore. Tell us how you put it to use. Give us your views on whether the city should expand service -- and if so, how.
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