Charm City Circulator

A Baltimore med student gets to know her patient population riding the bus

"Eww, what is that?" she said staring at the slides I was reviewing. "It is hookworm, a parasite that can live in your intestines" I replied. Nervously, she asked, "Can I get that?" "It would be highly unlikely," I comforted her, "it has mostly been eradicated in the U.S. thanks to sanitation efforts and public health campaigns to wear shoes."

Interactions such as this one are routine on my 20 minute bus ride to the University of Maryland. I, along with many Baltimore residents, rely heavily on the Charm City Circulator to get around. As the only free mode of transportation in Baltimore, the Circulator attracts many riders: from...