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The Charm City Circulator or CCC is the newest system in the state of Maryland, since the Baltimore Department of Transportation established it in 2008. The first service did not begin until January 11, 2010, with the Orange Route going east-west from University of Maryland at Baltimore BioPark (west) to Hollins Market (east). The Purple Route began service on June 4, 2010, going north-south from Baltimore Penn Station (north) to Federal Hill (south). The Green Route began service on November 1, 2011, going east-west from Johns Hopkins Medical Center (east) to City Hall (west). On June 4, 2012, The Banner Route began service just in time for the 2012 Bicentennial Star Spangled Sailabration in celebration of the "War of 1812" and the writing of United States's national anthem. Service operate east-west from Inner Harbor (west) to Fort McHenry (east). In the Fall of 2011, the water taxi service, known as, the Water Taxi Harbor Connector began operation with two water routes on Patapsco River or "open bay" portion of the Inner Harbor and with one planned. The city of Baltimore's ridership downtown boomed with the system's "FREE" fare service and nearly 200,000 ridership in two years. The system has and will forever make a mark in downtown's transportation network and since it's success, more bus lines are planned that can reach outside of downtown Baltimore to connecting major tourist or transit points. The Zoo Route connecting downtown and Inner Harbor to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in Druid Hill Park is a future plan for maybe Spring 2013, as well service corridors around Fells Point and Canton and the Westport/Greyhound Bus Terminal, which as well is possible for planning in 2013. The Charm City Circulator bus fleet contains 18 buses (31 buses) from three manufacturers: Designline Corporation (to be retired), Orion Industries, and Van Hool. Order Year/Manufacturer/Model/Fuel Propulsion/Fleet Series (Quantity) List: *2009 **Designline Corporation ***EcoSaver IV ****Hybrid *****0901-0913 (13) <<<To be retired >>> *2012 **Orion Industries ***VII (07.501) "3rd Generation" ****Hybrid *****1201-1213 (13) *2011 **Van Hool ***A300L ****Diesel *****1101-1105 (5) watch.htm (2012 Orion VII (07.501) "3rd Genration" #1211 on Purple Route in Banner Route paint scheme.) watch.htm watch.htm watch.htm watch.htm
If you live in the Baltimore & vicinity area, you know the Beltway (Interstate 695) is one of the most congested highways in the state of Maryland and believe me its not too far from the longest average travel time-per-mile in the United States. Their is delays at midday and peak hours every weekday. The immediate turns, awkward placement of off- and on-ramps, and most indecisive drivers is unbearable for even the most skilled drivers in the world. The State Highway Administration and state of Maryland has constructed and nearly due to open the new express lane on Interstate 95 from White Marsh to the Beltway; ironically. But an express lane on the Beltway is a project that can most benefit the city/county area and state definitely. Now what this have to do with the MTA Maryland? Well like Los Angeles's Interstate 10 and HOV lane from the El Monte/Foothills area to downtown LA and the Harbor Freeway from downtown to Artesia/Southern Southern LA, the LACMTA's "Silver Line" takes cars off the roads and decrease the travel time it took that rider to get there by car. Like the "Silver Line" bus rapid transit service, this routing will travel the Beltway from the northern loop (White Marsh) to the southern loop (Lansdowne). End-to-end basically Interstate 95 north of the "Fort McHenry Tunnel" and Interstate 95 south of it. Length of Express Lane service & BRT service: ----------------------------------------------------------- Miles - 28.46 Kilometers - 45.43 Stations are as follows (From north to south): ----------------------------------------------------------- JFK Memorial Highway Junction (I-95 & I-695 (north of tunnel) Interchange and future Park & Ride Lot) Overlea Belair Road Parkville Harford Road Cromwell Bridge Road Cromwell Bridge Road Towson Dulaney Valley Road (future Park & Ride Lot on "Goucher College" campus) Charles Street Charles Street Jones Falls Expressway Joppa Road Pikesville Reisterstown Road Old Court (connect to Metro Subway via walk bridge to platform) Milford Mill Liberty Road Security Boulevard Security Boulevard Baltimore National Pike U.S. Route 40 Catonsville Frederick Road UMBC Wilkens Avenue Arbutus Junction (I-95 & I-695 (south of tunnel) interchange and future Park & Ride Lot) U.S. Route 1/Lansdowne Station (new MARC station w/ overhead walkway over "Inner Loop" traffic to shopping center & platforms to "Camden Line") Harbor Tunnel Thruway Hollins Ferry Road