Charm City Circulator Goes "Green"

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Which is just to say that Baltimore’s free and easy to navigate alternative bus system launched their new Green Route today. The new route will run includes stops at City Hall, Fell’s Point, the Water Taxi landing, and the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus.

The Circulator boasts its eco-friendliness, reliability, and quiet ride. The buses are hybrid-electric, so I’d imagine they must be greener than city buses. As far as the other two claims, my few rides on the Purple Line do not bear them out. I regularly waited much longer than ten minutes for a bus, and more than once the ride was accompanied by a loud, continuous, high-pitched squeal.

On the other hand, not having to keep exact change on hand is a great convenience, and the Circulator’s easy-to-understand route maps cut the Gordian Knot of the city bus system.

What do you think? Is the Circulator a marked improvement on the city bus system, or is its route too limited to make much of a difference?

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