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County endorses pilot circulator program in Towson

The Baltimore County Council on Monday passed legislation to endorse a pilot program for a Towson circulator.

The circulator would include a free bus route running north and south along York Road and through the core of Towson, said Councilman David Marks, who represents the Towson area and pushed for the bill.

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"I am very pleased that my colleagues recognize the value of a circulator in improving mobility," Marks said in an email after the vote.

Community and business groups, including the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Towson Committee, have been receptive to the concept of a free circulator bus. Marks has said a transportation component is essential as the downtown Towson area grows, with a new multiplex of movie theaters already open and the $300 million Towson Row project among many housing, shopping and restaurant developments on the horizon.

And State Del. Steve Lafferty said late last year, "Transit's got to be part of our future."

But critics noted that the Charm City Circulator in Baltimore City was operating at an $11 million deficit late last year and that the Maryland Transit Administration already runs regular bus service along York Road.

It was not immediately known how much the pilot program would cost to operate and when it would start.

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