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July 1, 2010
I live in Plymouth, N.H. Fourteen of us attended the Transportation Security Administration conference in Baltimore; we saw as many people on the MTA as live in our town. We enjoyed tours of the White House, House of Representatives, National Aquarium, Fort McHenry, Air and Space Museum, and ate in more restaurants than exist in all but the largest New Hampshire towns. Your citizens were friendly, helpful and made our bus/light rail transportation or walking easy. On one of my forays alone, the Charm City Circulator was recommended.
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By Charlie Duff | July 16, 2014
The reactions triggered by the Board of Estimates' recent approval of a study of the feasibility of converting St. Paul and Calvert streets back to two-way traffic have demonstrated that this city is at a crossroads. Policies are changing and new ideas are emerging, yet there is still a significant obstacle ahead of us: challenging outdated mentalities. Forty years of car-centric urban planning have turned Baltimore into one of the most congested areas in the country, but some still argue that solutions lie in rush-hour parking restrictions and signal optimization.
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NEWS
June 29, 2010
I enjoy public transportation in most cities. When going on the road to see the Orioles, taking the bus or train and riding to the games on Chicago's Red Line to Wrigley Field or the "T" in Boston to Fenway Park is a highlight of the trip. But in Baltimore, the Charm City Circulator is a good idea that has gone bad. "Free ride" in Baltimore means something different than in Seattle, Miami Beach and other cities that have downtown "shopping shuttles." Last Saturday's "escape" from the Harborplace shooting on the Charm City Circulator was the last straw for me. I rode the circulator a lot. But it has become a haven for the numerous "characters" that wander the downtown streets.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
Car-sharing company Zipcar has expanded quickly in its four years in Baltimore, scaling up from an initial fleet of 27 cars to more than 200 vehicles. The Boston-based company announced Monday the opening of a new office in Harbor East, next to a new on-street city bike corral. The company has more than doubled its workforce to seven employees, said spokeswoman Lindsay Wester, and expanded throughout the city from its beginnings around the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2012
An unattended Charm City Circulator bus hit five vehicles and a building Saturday afternoon, Baltimore police said. Shortly before 3 p.m., the bus was parked on the 1500 block of North Charles Street, which is near Penn Station, when "for whatever reason, it drifted backward into traffic," Det. Donny Moses said. The bus hit five vehicles that were stopped at the red light, he said. It also struck a light pole before hitting a building at 1420 N. Charles St. Several people had minor injuries, Moses said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2010
The Charm City Circulator drives by a ton of bars, almost too many to list almost. But here's a barcrawler-tested and -approved guide to a night of drinking using only the city's free bus service. The Orange Route guide was partly put to the test in January by a group of Baltimore residents who dubbed their sprawling crawl the "sparkulator. " Stop 218 : Pratt & Eutaw Streets Frank & Nic's West End Grille, 511 W. Pratt St. Sliders Bar & Grill, 504 Washington Blvd. Pickle's Pub. 520 Washington Blvd.
NEWS
November 2, 2011
Whether the Baltimore Grand Prix will ever prove itself a "game-changer" for the city, as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake predicted, may be debatable, but there is one investment of recent years that may actually live up to that title. Instead of drawing visitors to Baltimore for one weekend out of the year, it's doing so year-round and boosting downtown businesses (and job opportunities) in the process. It's the Charm City Circulator, the free downtown shuttle bus service that this week launched its third route, a green line running between Downtown, Fells Point and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
Most who ride the St. Charles Avenue streetcar through New Orleans' Garden District are immediately smitten, not only by the city's charm but also by the convenience and nostalgia of the historic trolley. Many other cities, Baltimore included, have tried to offer light rail as a more modern take on that classic form of street-level transportation. So it's not surprising that many folks who live in Charles Village and other points along Charles Street are taken by the notion of a streetcar running through their neighborhood, too. Eighty years ago, Baltimore was a city that largely ran on streetcars, with more than 400 miles of track crisscrossing the city, including portions of Charles and St. Paul streets in Charles Village.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 24, 2013
Baltimore City plans to expand the Purple Route of the free Charm City Circulator bus line to University Parkway in north Baltimore, starting in fall 2014. The north-south Purple Route currently runs between Federal Hill downtown and Penn Station. Plans now call for a 3.3-mile expansion that would bring the bus route to north of Charles Village, about a 22-minute ride from Penn Station. That would make the route 9.8 miles in all, said Barry Robinson, chief of the Transit and Marine Services Division of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation.
NEWS
By Charlie Duff | July 16, 2014
The reactions triggered by the Board of Estimates' recent approval of a study of the feasibility of converting St. Paul and Calvert streets back to two-way traffic have demonstrated that this city is at a crossroads. Policies are changing and new ideas are emerging, yet there is still a significant obstacle ahead of us: challenging outdated mentalities. Forty years of car-centric urban planning have turned Baltimore into one of the most congested areas in the country, but some still argue that solutions lie in rush-hour parking restrictions and signal optimization.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | June 3, 2014
It was one of those rare June days in Baltimore - warm and sunny, not yet hot and humid - so you could take a good, long walk through the city without shvitzing or getting terribly distressed. I mean, you could actually feel good about the place. There was a cooling breeze along North Charles, so nice you didn't even feel the after-burn from the buses and delivery trucks in the street. People were strolling, walking dogs, riding bikes, pushing skateboards or waiting for the Charm City Circulator to take them to the Inner Harbor.
NEWS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun   | February 13, 2014
Baltimore was hit with the biggest winter storm of an already brutal season today, here's a rundown of how the region is coping:  FORECAST :  The snow has tapered off, but more winter weather is on the way Thursday night and into the weekend. Get more on the forecast here and here .   ACCIDENTS : State officials urge people to stay off the roads; Several accidents have been reported including an overturned tractor trailer at BWI Parkway and the Capital Beltway.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
About 5 p.m. on a recent afternoon, Kevin Leslie and Chris Zorn, both 28, hopped off a small boat onto a short pier at the Canton waterfront, headed for happy-hour drinks at nearby Claddagh Pub. The friends had met after work - Leslie at Wells Fargo and Zorn at Big City Farms - and for their evening in popular O'Donnell Square, the Harbor Connector water taxi was the easy choice for getting across town, they said. "There are no stoplights on the water, and you always know exactly when [the boat]
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and Amanda Yeager, Baltimore Sun Media Group | December 12, 2013
Neighbors of the woman struck and killed by a Charm City Circulator bus Tuesday say Stephanie Albright was a giving woman, caring mother and the unofficial "mayor" of her Howard County community. Baltimore police spokesman Jeremy Silbert said investigators have ruled Albright's death near Johns Hopkins Hospital a suicide based on witness accounts and evidence at the scene. He would not elaborate on their findings. Albright, 50, of the 1800 block of Woodstock Road in northern Howard County, founded the Albright Foundation with her husband after the couple sold their company, Maryland Beverage, to Sterling Capital 22 years ago, according to the foundation's website.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Charm City Circulator bus near Johns Hopkins Hospital Tuesday morning, police said. The victim was a 50-year-old woman, police said. The department said via Twitter that the incident took place at North Wolfe and East Monument streets. East Monument Street was closed in the area.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | September 24, 2013
Baltimore City plans to expand the Purple Route of the free Charm City Circulator bus line to University Parkway in north Baltimore, starting in fall 2014. The north-south Purple Route currently runs between Federal Hill downtown and Penn Station. Plans now call for a 3.3-mile expansion that would bring the bus route to north of Charles Village, about a 22-minute ride from Penn Station. That would make the route 9.8 miles in all, said Barry Robinson, chief of the Transit and Marine Services Division of the Baltimore City Department of Transportation.
NEWS
June 2, 2010
I was pleased to read in your June 1 article "Baltimore to launch second route of free bus" about the impending expansion of the city's extremely successful Charm City Circulator bus system. Innovative transportation solutions such as this one have the potential to both improve overall mobility, while also helping our environment. According to a 2008 study commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association, the collective use of existing public transportation options reduces domestic energy consumption by approximately 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline each year.
NEWS
November 3, 2011
Green, Orange and Purple. All good. It's now time for a Blue Line on the Charm City Circulator ("Free bus service adds line from Hopkins Hospital to downtown," Nov. 2). I have had the occasion to ride on all three and it is truly a benefit. I would like to suggest the Blue Line would travel a route from City Hall and downtown down Eutaw Street to the state office complex. The existing Mass Transit Administration bus service on Eutaw Street may be second worst only to North Avenue.
SPORTS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2013
Work crews hustled on Labor Day to break down concrete barriers and fencing from the Grand Prix of Baltimore, racing to reopen downtown streets and sidewalks before Tuesday's rush hour and a National Football League pregame concert later this week. By mid-morning, joggers, strollers and cars were pushing through roadway openings that workers had cleared between downtown and Federal Hill, areas that had been closed off for the weekend's auto races. The Baltimore City Department of Transportation said streets along the track circuit, which included portions of Pratt, Conway, Russell and Light streets, were scheduled to open one-by-one on Monday and "most roadways affected by the race" were expected to be accessible by 6 a.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2013
Significant road closures are planned along downtown Baltimore streets beginning at 9 p.m. Monday as the streets are converted into a 2-mile race course to accommodate the Grand Prix . The race, now in its third year, runs from Friday to Sunday, but road closures are necessary to set up and tear down the track, according to the city Department of Transportation By Thursday, all roadways along the race course will be closed to traffic....
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