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The Baltimore Department of Transportation is cautiously looking at the first week of June for the launch of the second route of the free Charm City Circulator bus service.

Cathy Chopper, a department spokeswoman, emphasized that the target date for the start of the Purple Route has not been finalized. That route is expected to run from the Cross Street Market area to Penn  Station, intersecting with the existing east-west Orange Route from Hollins Market to Harbor East/Corned Beef Row.

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Chopper said ridership on the Orange Route has been "fantastic" -- well in excess of original projections. But she said plans for a  third line, the Green Route, are "up in the air" -- with no estimated launch date. The Green Route would be a loop taking in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Fells Point, Harbor East and City Hall.

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