Charm City Circulator

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The Charm City Circulator is a free bus service linking heavily trafficked parts of Baltimore via three routes. It is geared towards residents, employees and tourists, and strives to be as eco-friendly as possible. The service is operated under contract by Veolia Transportation.

The Charm City Circulator launched on January 11, 2010 with one route; the Orange Route. It was originally planned for September 2009, but with the slowing economy and delay in supply of the buses from DesignLine, the launch was pushed back.[1] After over a little of three months of service, the circulator announced they have reached 100,000 riders since it's launch.[2] The Purple Route launched on June 4, 2010.


Surface service

  • Green Route Johns Hopkins Medical - City Hall
  • Orange Route UMB BioPark - Hollins Market
  • Purple Route Penn Station - Federal Hill
  • Banner Route Inner Harbor - Fort McHenry
  • Artscape Shuttle Mount Royal Circulator (only during Artscape Festival event)

Water service

  • Harbor Connector
    • Maritime Park to Tide Point
    • Tide Point to Canton Waterfront Park
    • Harbor East to Harbor View

Bus Fleet Roster

Thumbnail Build
Manufacturer Model Engine/Motor Transmission/
0201-0202 2001 New Flyer D40LF Cummins ISC Voith D864.3 Ex-Milwaukee County Transit System 4449 & 44xx.
0401-0402 2004 Gillig Low Floor 35'
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R Ex-Northern Illinois University "HuskieLine" Shuttle.
0501 2005 Gillig Low Floor 35'
Cummins ISL Allison B400R 0501 VIN: 15GGB291551074119
0901-0913 Charm City Circulator 0904-a.jpg 2009 DesignLine ECOSaver IV Capstone C30 MicroTurbine Bosch RexRoth Idramat
AC motors
  • Order for 21 reduced to 13.[3]
  • All units have been parked
1101-1105 Charm City Circulator 1103-a.jpg 2011 Van Hool A300L Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5
  • Supplemental order while problems with the 0900-series units persist. Officially entered service February 14.[4]
  • 1105 features three passenger doors.
1201-1208 Charm City Circulator 1208-a.jpg 2011 Orion Orion VII EPA10 BRT HEV
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HybriDrive
hybrid system
Supplement order while problems with the 0900-series units persist. [3]
1209-1213 2012 Orion Orion VII EPA10 BRT HEV
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HybriDrive
hybrid system
Wrapped in "Banner Route" decals.
1910220-1910225 2019 Nova LFS Cummins L9
  • Entered service in January-February 2020
  • Feature a new livery (white base paint with wrap on top)
  • Replacing cutaway vehicles


  1. Running Late Now...So We Don't Run Late Later,, retrieved 2011-01-17
  2. The Charm City Circulator Reaches 100,000th Passenger Milestone,, retrieved 2011-01-17
  3. 3.0 3.1 Circulator marks a year on the streets, Baltimore Sun, retrieved 2011-01-12
  4. A New Addition to the Fleet,, retrieved 2011-02-11

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