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Circulator Launches New Green Line Route
November 9, 2011, 6:38 pm
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Circulator Launches Green Line Route

Writer: Amy McNeal
Downtown Partnership, Charm City Circulator

The Charm City Circulator, Baltimore’s free bus service, launched a new route on November 1, 2011. The new Green Route will allow Circulator riders greater access to popular points downtown. The new route includes stops at City Hall, the Maritime Park connection to the Water Taxi and the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus.

The Green Route also increases access to the Fell’s Point area including Harbor East. Popular attractions for both tourists and locals, including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Broadway Market, are features of  the new route. The new Green Line interconnects with the orange Line at Harbor East, but does not have a connection to the Purple Line. It  also allows riders to connect with Metro trains at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Shot Tower/Market Place stations.

The launch of the Green Route also coincides with the addition of a new bus type to the Charm City Circulator fleet. The Orion VII BRT Hybrid bus will go into service as part of the Circulator fleet. The new model of  hybrid bus will be used throughout the Circulator’s routes.

Financed by Baltimore’s parking tax revenue, The Charm City Circulator has carried approximately 3 million riders since its initial launch. The Circulator is slated to expand service to include a new line running from the Inner Harbor area to Fort McHenry in the spring of 2012.

http://www.charmcitycirculator.com/route/green-route



JHU Student Government Considers Bike Share Program

JHU Student Government Considers Bike Share Program

Bike Share at the University of California Irvine

A recent article in the Johns Hopkins Newsletter reports that the college Student Government Association is considering a bike sharing program for students.  From the article:

At the Tuesday evening meeting of the SGA, the Senate reviewed a proposal to start a bike-share program that would allow students on campus to rent a bike for a short period. It would potentially begin as soon as next March.

“It’s based on University of Chicago’s bike-library system,” senior class senator Max Dworin, one of the sponsors, said. The University of Chicago has a computerized system, and Dworin said, “we’d ultimately like to see a modern-automated system.”

To learn more about computerized bike sharing programs, check out the B-Cycle video below to learn more.



Greening Of Baltimore Featured On Smartplanet.com

Greening Of Baltimore Featured On Smartplanet.com

There is a great article out today on SmartPlanet.com, a CBS site dedicated to people who realize the need to make our world a better place to live, that features Baltimore and its effort to create sustainable transportation, energy, building, and food.

From SmartPlanet:

If Baltimore’s planning director has his way, the city’s east and west sides–known for blocks of abandoned and boarded up buildings–will be getting light rail and produce stands. Yes, produce stands.

Tom Stosur, director of the Baltimore City Department of Planning, has worked in Charm City planning roles for more than two decades. Today, he is counting on a new light rail line, new zoning codes and a new food czar to help transform the blighted sections infamously portrayed in HBO’s The Wire. Stosur talked to me Friday about the new Baltimore.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.



Would You Like To Be On A Red Line Station Advisory Committee?

Would You Like To Be On A Red Line Station Advisory Committee?

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is establishing Station Area Advisory Committees (SAACs) to provide community stakeholders (station area residents, businesses, churches, organizations, and institutions) the opportunity to participate in the process of designing how the 20 proposed light rail stations will integrate into their communities. MTA encourages interested community stakeholders to nominate themselves to serve on a committee in their area.

SAAC Members Expectations

SAAC Members:

  • Must be available to meet every 4 to 6 weeks between Fall 2010 and late 2011 (some committees may meet more or less depending on their interest and the issues they are considering)
  • Will be required to keep their community engaged and informed during the SAAC process

For more information, CLICK HERE.



Light Rail And MARC Train Under Ehrlich

Light Rail And MARC Train Under Ehrlich

Michael Dresser, from the Baltimore Sun, has done some great sleuthing this week. First, we learned about about Robert Ehrlich’s intentions to scrap the Red and Purple Line if elected.  Dresser reported that, in a small business round table discussion in Montgomery County, Ehrlich explained that he planned to forgo planned light rail projects and instead spend money on the MARC commuter rail system.

Then, according to a post by Dresser today, “that got me to wondering about the relative levels of spending on MARC during the first Ehrlich term and the O’Malley years.”  -And what he discovered is indeed interesting.  In Ehrlich’s four years as Governor of Maryland he spent roughly half of what O’Malley will have spent on the MARC commuter rail system during his term in office.  For the post, CLICK HERE.

On a related note, Dresser also reported today that ridership on the MARC has set a new record.  “The Maryland Transit Administration says the commuter rail line recorded a new high in daily ridership in April with an average of 34,617 boardings a day — up 4.2 percent from the same month last year.”

The positive ridership report has many asking, -Isn’t it time to reinstate weekend communter rail service to the MARC train? -And who can really be relied upon to keep up the success of our commuter systems?



Baltimore Free Hybrid Downtown Shuttle

Baltimore Free Hybrid Downtown Shuttle

Photo Courtesy Of Charm City Circulator

It’s here!  The Charm City Circular, a fleet of 21 free hybrid shuttles are making rounds in Baltimore City.  Baltimore’s new and free shuttle made it’s debut on January 11, 2010, with the Orange Route, the first of three routes in service.

According to the Charm City Circular site:

The CCC consists of three separate routes—the Green Route which runs from City Hall to Fells Point to Johns Hopkins, the Purple Route which runs from Penn Station to Federal Hill,  and the Orange Route which runs from Hollins Market to Harbor East.

The DesignLine system utilizes a “clean burning” turbine, or the smallest combustion engine on the market. The body design reduces vehicle weight by up to 3 tons over other systems, resulting in approximately 2.25 tons less greenhouse gases a year.

Join Baltidome in welcoming the Charm City Circulator and begin planning your first trip.  CLICK HERE for route maps.