Baltimore’s Free Bus System ‘Charm City Circulator’ Is $11.6 Million In Debt; Might Start Charging Fee

News — November 28, 2014 at 1:28 pm by

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The Charm City Circulator is a free bus system that runs throughout the city of Baltimore, which was put in place in 2010. In the last four year, the Circulator has accumulated 11.6 million dollars of debt. That number is expected to quadruple within the next ten years, and is projected to reach $46.8 million by 2024.

The Circulator averages 4 million riders a year, 85 percent of which live in the city.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is planning a review to examine and fix the budget situation. Possible solutions to the problem include “changing the hours of operation, adjusting routes, raising the parking tax or adding a fee.”

Adding a fee would seem like the best way to help cut the debt, however it would eliminate the strong appeal of riding the bus at all. But it is possible that the fee would still be cheaper than that of the MTA.

via CBS

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