Suburbs could use circulator buses, too

I was pleased to read in your June 1 article "Baltimore to launch second route of free bus" about the impending expansion of the city's extremely successful Charm City Circulator bus system. Innovative transportation solutions such as this one have the potential to both improve overall mobility, while also helping our environment.

According to a 2008 study commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association, the collective use of existing public transportation options reduces domestic energy consumption by approximately 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline each year. Thus, the over 220,000 riders of the Charm City Circulator have been helping to improve the region's air quality, just by choosing the bus rather then driving on their own.

Other cities that have adopted similar publicly supported transit options have experienced equally positive ridership trends. Consequently, it would be smart for other nearby jurisdictions — particularly those that have a number of suburban employment centers that are not readily accessible from each other — to consider circulator bus routes of their own.

Jeffrey Smith, Nottingham

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