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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is planning to announce that service on the Green Route of the Charm City Circulator, the third line of Baltimore's free shuttle bus service, will start up Nov. 1, according to the Baltimore Department of Transportation.

The Green Route will make a vaguely Y-shaped loop serving the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Fells Point, Harbor East and the City Hall area before retracing its course. It will intersect with the Orange Route, which runs east and west from Central Avenue to the Hollins Street Market, and connect with the Locust Point water taxi that docks at Maritime Park. According to the city, the newest addition to its fleet, the Orion VII BRT Hybrid bus, will be used on the route.

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The Green Route does not connect directly with the north-south Purple Route, which serves the Charles-St. Paul-Light corridor between the Cross Street Market and Penn Station, but the two lines come within about two blocks of each other near City Hall. In the plans is a fourth route serving Fort McHenry from the Inner Harbor.

According to the Circulator web site, the Orange Route has added a new -- and much-needed -- stop at Howard Street to provide a better connection to the light rail system.

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