Transportation in Mount Vernon

MTA and MARC Commuter lines

Mount Vernon is a major hub of mass transit in the region with easy access to both Amtrak and MARC commuter lines at Penn Station, located just north of Mount Vernon on North Charles Street, with several light rail stops, two nearby subway stations, Bolt Bus, the free Charm City Circulator, and most of the north-south bus routes in the city cutting across the community every day.

For information on the MARC Train, Subway, Light Rail, local buses, please visit the Maryland Transit Administration site at

Charm City Circulator

The backbone of any great city is transportation. That’s why we’re introducing the Charm City Circulator (CCC), a fleet of 30 free shuttles that travel four routes in Baltimore City.

We service residents, downtown employees, students and tourists and anyone else who wishes to ride. The shuttle is intended to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas pollution by offering a convenient, reliable and eco-friendly form of public transportation.

The CCC consists of four separate routes—the Green Route which runs from City Hall to Fells Point to Johns Hopkins, the Purple Route which runs from Penn Station to Federal Hill, the Orange Route which runs from Hollins Market to Harbor East and the Banner Route which runs from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry.

We’re not only dedicated to offering a stellar form of public transportation that links critical parts of the city—we are interested in doing it in the cleanest way possible. That’s why we’ve chosen Hybrid Electric vehicles—the first fleet of this type in a major metropolitan area. The Charm City Circulator was
also implemented as a part of the City of Baltimore’s initiative of a “cleaner, greener Baltimore.”

We encourage all of our residents and visitors to use this service—not only is it free, it’s efficient. A shuttle arrives every 10 -15 minutes at the designated stops on each route. You can also download a free "Charm City Circulator" app on your smartphone to track arrivals.


1429 Aliceanna St, 3R, Baltimore, MD 21231


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Baltimore Bike Share

Baltimore Bike Share is public transportation on your schedule. Grab a bike, go for a ride, give it back. You can pay for Bike Share by the month or by the trip, similar to MTA.

The City of Baltimore is pleased to introduce Baltimore Bike Share as the City’s newest and most innovative form of public transportation. Launched in 2016, the Baltimore Bike Share system is the largest Pedelec (electric-assist) bicycle fleet in North America and is a leader in active transportation by offering both Pedelec and traditional options for residents and visitors to explore the City. Baltimore Bike Share is available 24/7 and is perfect for errands, commuting, or recreation.


The City of Baltimore has partnered with Bewegen Technologies to offer the most fun and easy bike share system available. Marked with a lightning bolt decal, the Pedelec bikes act like a regular bike and don’t have any complicated gears or buttons to learn. Just simply begin pedaling and the bike will provide an extra boost to get you moving and up Baltimore’s hilly terrain – all without breaking a sweat! For those looking for a more traditional ride, Baltimore Bike Share also has standard 8-gear bicycles available at every station. Whether on a Pedelec or standard bike, you can’t help but smile as you ride around the City like never before.


Going for a ride is simple – with a dense network of 50 stations and hundreds of bikes, riders can register for a Single-Trip or Monthly Pass on the website, App, or station kiosk and be riding within minutes. Try one out today!  New Location:  Cathedral near Eager Street.


Parking in Mount Vernon

Parking Authority

Area 28 Residential Parking Permit program

While Mount Vernon offers significant amount of on-street metered parking and off-street parking facilities, Mount Vernon also participates in the City's Residential Parking Permit Program. 

Mount Vernon Residential Parking area is known as Area 28.  This resident only program is intended for those residents whose vehicles are registered to their address in Mount Vernon, however there is a few limited exceptions to this requirement.  Please visit the Parking Authority site link below for more information.

First Time Permits may be obtained at the offices of the Parking Authority for Baltimore City throughout the year.  Permits expire September 30 each year and currently cost $20 per year.  Renewals may be done on-line and generally begin in the latter part of August through the third week of September.  During this period, usually beginning in September, the community operates several pick-up sessions where those who have renewed their permits can visit a convenient location in Mount Vernon in the evening hours to pick up their permits.  Certain documentation is required to be presented to obtain your permit, the most important is current vehicle registration.

Please note that there are certain restrictions and requirements to participate in the program.  Please visit the Parking Authority using the following link for more information.  Also, please note that visitor passes are not available in Mount Vernon's Area 28.

The office is located at 200 W. Lombard Street, Suite B, Baltimore, MD 21201 Regular office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Phone: 443-573-2800  They offer extended hours for residential parking permit holders during their renewal period. Validated parking is available when parking in the Arena Garage, entrance at 99 S Howard Street.


Baltimore City, like many other cities, had a policy (not law) that allowed vehicles displaying a disability placard or license plate to park on street for free due to traditional parking meters not meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines when it was originally passed in 1990. With the implementation of Phase 1 (2014) and Phase 2 (2016) of ProjectSPACE, the policy is no longer be in effect for meters that meet ADA guidelines and all parkers, including those with a disability placard and/or tag, will be required to pay for on-street parking.

ProjectSPACE is a joint project between the Parking Authority of Baltimore City and the Mayor's Commission on Disabilities. In addition, ProjectSPACE also increases the duration limit for parking at the meter to at least four hours to give people with disabilities additional time to get to and from their destination.

Currently, the program operates in the Central Business District and Harbor East/Fells Point. While the program is not currently in place in Mount Vernon, the program will eventually include Mount Vernon at a future date.  For more information, please visit the following link:


Mt. Vernon Belvedere Association

1 East Chase Street #2

Baltimore, Md 21202

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