Charm City Circulator

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Charm City Circulator logo.jpg The Charm City Circulator is a free bus service based in Baltimore, Maryland which started operations in 2009 under mayor Sheila Dixon. The service interlinks the downtown area to the surrounding communities near downtown & Inner Harbor via three fixed-routes. It is geared towards residents, employees and tourists. The service was originally operated under contract by Transdev until 2019. It has since been contracted by RMA Worldwide Chauffeured 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 was launched on June 4, 2010.


Surface service

  • Green Route Johns Hopkins Medical Center - Fallsway/City Hall
  • Orange Route Mount Clare Junction - Perkins Homes
  • Purple Route Johns Hopkins University/Homewood - Federal Hill
  • Banner Route Inner Harbor - Fort McHenry
  • Artscape Shuttle Mount Royal Shuttle (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 Year Built Manufacturer Model Engine
Status Notes
0201-0202 CCC New Flyer D40LF Ex- Milwaukee Transit System 0202.jpg 2001 New Flyer D40LF Cummins ISC Voith D864.3 Relieved
Ex-Milwaukee County Transit System 4409, 4449
0401-0402 CCC GILLIG 0402.jpg 2004 Gillig Low Floor 35'
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison WB-400R Relieved
Ex-Huskie Line 0401-0402
0501 CCC GILLIG 0501.jpg 2005 Gillig Low Floor 35'
Cummins ISL Allison WB-400R Relieved
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 retired & scrapped
0901 (2nd) 2009 Gillig BRT HEV 29'
Cummins ISB Relieved
Ex-Sarasota County Area Transit 0901
0903 (2nd) 2009 Gillig Low Floor 35'
Cummins ISL Relieved
1101-1105 Charm City Circulator 1103-a.jpg 2011 Van Hool A300L Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5 Relieved
  • Supplemental order while problems with the 0900-series units persist; Officially entered service on February 14, 2011[4]
  • 1105 features three passenger doors
1106 CCC Van Hool 1106.jpg 2011 Van Hool A300L Cummins ISL9 Voith D864.5 Active
  • This is a separate unit bought second-hand by the Baltimore Department of Transportation in 2019
  • Not part of the original five Van Hools purchased while under Transdev
1201-1208 Charm City Circulator 1208-a.jpg 2011 Orion Orion VII EPA10 BRT HEV
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HybriDrive Active Supplement order because of problems with the 0900-series units[3]
1209-1212 CCC 1211 Banner Livery.jpg 2012 Orion Orion VII EPA10 BRT HEV
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Systems HybriDrive Active Wrapped in "Banner Route" decals
4601[5] 2011 ElDorado National E-Z Rider II BRT 32' Cummins ISB6.7 Relieved
1910218-1910223 CCC NOVABus LFS 220.jpg 2019 Nova LFS Cummins L9 Allison WB-400R Active
  • Entered service in February 2020
  • Features a new livery
  • Note: Relieved = The coaches in question have been relieved of duty and is no longer recognized under the Baltimore Department of Transportation. Many buses were ordered under contract by Transdev and not by Baltimore city funding.


  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
  5. Flickr

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