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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.