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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