By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
6:49 PM EDT, June 28, 2011
The Baltimore Department of Transportation has agreed to purchase four new buses to expand its free Charm City Circulator service to a new line extending to Fort McHenry.
On Wednesday the department will seek approval from the city's Board of Estimates for a $1.2 million contract to buy the hybrid diesel-electric buses from Daimler Buses North America.
The new Fort McHenry service is to begin next summer in time for the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, said Sara Husain, transit coordinator for the Circulator service.
The route will be the fourth for the Circulator service. Husain said the two existing lines — the Purple Route from Penn Station to South Baltimore and the Orange Route from Hollins Market to Harbor East — now average 7,000 to 8,000 riders each weekday. The third line, the Green Route — serving Johns Hopkins Hospital, Fells Point, Harbor East and the City Hall area — is scheduled to begin service in the fall, she said.
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