Free transit in Barrie extended, and more safety measures will be added

The City of Barrie has extended free transit again, this time it will be extended until the new protective operator shields have installed on all buses, which is expected to be finished in mid-July.

Once the shields have been put in place, the city will announce the day that paid service will return. At that time, MANDATORY non-medical masks or face coverings must be worn to allow for more passengers. (Right now, the limit of passengers is 15 per bus)

The downtown terminal will re-open on July 6th and the amount of people in the terminal will be controlled and customers must maintain a 2-metre distance from each other.

As soon as paid transit services resume, the cost of a monthly transit pass will be pro-rated based on the number of days remaining in the month. To limit the transmission of COVID-19, the use of multi-ride cards will be suspended. The use of a ride card requires the operator and passenger to transfer and touch a paper fare media product. In the meantime, staff are investigating alternative options to the ride cards. Riders will still be able to pay cash fares at the farebox on the vehicles and purchase monthly passes from the terminal.
Visit before departing on your trip to track your bus. Barrie Transit may be experiencing intermittent service issues on some routes. For more information, visit For the latest updates to City services, visit
Please avoid all unnecessary travel and do not use public transit if you are sick.

Source: The City Of Barrie

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