Monday, June 7, 2010

Circulator Purple Line Launches with Fanfare!

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other city officials listening to remarks by Federal Hill Main Street's Jane Seebold at today's ceremony. Main Street volunteer Erin Hopkins shows off the new "Welcome to Federal Hill" purple banners that will soon line neighborhood streets. (Photo by Lauren Marks)

An impressive crowd showed up this morning at Federal Hill's Cross Street Market to kick off the long-awaited Purple Line of the Charm City Circulator. The "fast, friendly, FREE" bus service now runs north-south between Penn Station and Federal Hill, stopping along Light Street turning on Ostend Street, and traveling back up South Charles.

Before cutting the ribbon on the eco-friendly bus, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked Federal Hill Main Street and city and elected officials for helping to make the service a reality. Federal Hill Main Street and Federal Hill Business Association were instrumental in extending the route beyond Montgomery Street and past Cross Street Market to serve all of the community.

"We are thrilled to be standing here today, in the heart of Federal Hill, to celebrate this launch," said Main Street Executive Director Jane Seebold. With the route expanded into Federal Hill, "visitors will now be able to see all we have to offer in this great business district."

The Mayor touted the service as a means for reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gases. In addition, "it will play a significant role in helping us build stronger neighborhoods and businesses within the city."

Residents, visitors, workers, tourists, and sports fans can now travel for free back and forth between Federal Hill, downtown, Mt. Vernon, and Penn Station. Buses run every 10 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. jane and FH Main Streeters, thanks for all of your help and support!!!!