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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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October 12, 2014
In reference to the front page article on Oct. 7, "$1 fare eyed for free buses," I for one will not use the Charm City Circular if $1 charge is imposed; that's only one way, so the cost is really $2. I have a hybrid car, but in my opinion having a hybrid vehicle does not mean I can still drive because I use less gas and cause less damage to the atmosphere; no, it means that I too still have to drive less. The $1 (two-way, $2) charge is way more then the cost of me driving my hybrid.
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NEWS
October 12, 2014
In reference to the front page article on Oct. 7, "$1 fare eyed for free buses," I for one will not use the Charm City Circular if $1 charge is imposed; that's only one way, so the cost is really $2. I have a hybrid car, but in my opinion having a hybrid vehicle does not mean I can still drive because I use less gas and cause less damage to the atmosphere; no, it means that I too still have to drive less. The $1 (two-way, $2) charge is way more then the cost of me driving my hybrid.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger and Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young called Monday for a hearing on whether the city should charge passengers a fee to ride the Charm City Circulator, the popular bus service that now connects more than 4 million Baltimoreans and visitors to work, school and entertainment in the city for free. Young wants to review the $7 million annual cost of running the service and determine whether the city can afford it. But his suggestion of charging $1 a trip drew criticism from riders and others.
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.
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.
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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.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
More than a million visitors were expected to land in Baltimore this past week to commemorate the bicentennial of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," many of them from out of state and in need of a place to stay. Across the city, hotels have pushed deals and patriotic specials, leaned on their staffs to memorize long lists of Star-Spangled Spectacular events, and brushed up on their own place in Baltimore history in an attempt to lure the War of 1812 buffs streaming into town.
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.
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
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
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
Baltimore Sun staff | July 16, 2012
Baltimore transportation officials announced the following closures late Monday: * Light Street between Fayette and Lombard streets * Lombard Street between Light and Calvert streets, with the exception of the far left lane. Those who use the open left lane will only be allowed to turn left at Light Street. Commuters were told to expect “significant delays” and were encouraged to use alternate routes. Those traveling west were encouraged to use Franklin Street, while those traveling south were encouraged to use Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
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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.
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