Baltimore’s double-decker tourist bus launches 2006 service

Baltimore’s open-top, double-decker bus service will launch its 2006 operations on April 8, providing tourists with transportation to key attractions in the city and marketing those attractions to visitors.

Running every day, the modified double-decker buses, previously used for mass transit in the United Kingdom, will serve Baltimore visitors with the tops modified to create open-air upper decks. The buses will also feature tour guides to inform passengers about Baltimore’s history and point out attractions along the way.

Two buses will begin running “hop-on, hop-off” service on a 90-minute loop that begins at the Baltimore Visitors Center at the Inner Harbor and loops through downtown east to the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, north at the Maryland Zoo, west to the B&O Railroad Museum, and south to the Federal Hill area.

The buses will operate between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fares, good for 24 hours, are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and older and $17 for seniors and students. Children under 4 ride for free. Group rates and charter services are also available.

The double-decker bus service, which debuted in Baltimore last September, was persuaded to set up operations here by Greater Baltimore Committee President Donald C. Fry, who worked with company officials to develop operating plans and helped recruit initial sponsors and advertisers.

Initial sponsors of the Big Bus Company of Baltimore include: Comcast; M&T Bank; The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore; B&O Railroad Museum; Babe Ruth/Sports Legends Museums; Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association; Baltimore City Hotel Consortium; Baltimore City Heritage Area; Baltimore Development Corporation; Baltimore Museum of Art; Harborplace in Baltimore; Maryland Science Center; National Aquarium in Baltimore; and Port Discovery, The Children’s Museum in Baltimore.

A tourist-oriented bus service linking the city’s many attractions had been cited by members of the GBC Hospitality/Tourism Committee as a significant need for their industries in the city.

For more information on the double-decker bus service, contact Jim McDonald at 410-396-6611.

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