lean, green, public transportation machine!

By now you've probably seen one of the new Charm City Circulator (CCC) buses around town, and boy do they look slick! With the snappy slogan "Fast. Friendly. Free!" the fleet of 21 buses debuted about a week ago with the commencement of 3 different routes - Orange (go Orioles!), Purple (yeah, Ravens!), and Green (here's one for the environment!), each arriving at various stops every ten minutes. Ten minutes! Free! There are high hopes that this will ultimately lead to higher use of public transportation, lower congestion, decreased air pollution and more smiles all around.

And if that isn't enough, the fleet is entirely comprised of DesignLine 2009 EcoSaver IV LF Hybrid Electric vehicles— in other words, they're low emission and that's something we can all get behind these days. The Mayor (though her days may now be numbered) has introduced this anti-pollution piublic transportation posse as part of the
Cleaner, Greener Baltimore Initiative.

Unfortunately, the CCC doesn't currently come over to our neck of the woods, but if you're up for a little westward walk, you can pick up the Green line on Broadway. Additionally, the CCC is integrating with a new
Water Taxi Harbor Connector from Maritime Park to Tide Point and Canton Waterfront Park to Tide Point from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (the CCC runs 7 days a week).

Have you had a chance to check out the new buses? What did you think? Oh, that one day they head just a tad farther East to us in Patterson Park!

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