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Barrie Transit

The City offers both conventional bus service with Barrie Transit & Specialized Transit Service (formally known as BACTS) for people with mobility restrictions. General Transit information and Frequently Asked Questions are listed on this page.

Quick Guide to Using Barrie Transit

Barrie Transit operates a total of 9 two-directional routes, plus service to and from Angus-Base Borden.  There are five main transit hubs within the city. The “A” (North) or “B”(South) in the route number (ex. 1A) displayed on the outside of the bus indicates the travel direction of the route . Check out the Schedules & Maps to plan your route. 

Get up-to-the-Minute Updates

Before you leave the house, get up-to-the-minute prediction times by calling or texting 705-999-8956* & entering your stop number. Each bus stop & hub is assigned a specific stop number. Stop numbers are displayed on all signs and within route maps and schedules; you can also look up your stop number using the online Stop Number Lookup Tool.

*Please note the stop call/text system, hosted by an external vendor, is not always able to provide accurate bus arrival predictions, as unforeseen transit system operations can lead to inaccurate bus predictions. We encourage you to also use our Live Bus Map or call 705-739-4209 for the more accurate bus arrival prediction information. Please be sure to only call/text the 705-999-8956 as posted on the bus stops.

Have Your Fare or Pass/I.D. Ready

Have your applicable fare, ride card, pass, transfer &/or identification card ready when waiting to board the bus. Please have exact change; Transit Operators do not carry money & cannot make change. If you are a Senior Citizen, Student or are visually impaired, please show valid I.D. when you present your appropriate ride card or pass.

Board & Exit the Bus Safely

Board the bus at the front door; exit at the rear. All conventional routes offer accessible, low floor buses with ramps (deployed upon request, maximum ramp weight is 600lbs or 272 kg) and have space for two wheelchairs. Please try to keep the aisle clear, & fold strollers upon boarding if possible. Priority Seating must be vacated if seating is required by a person with a disability. Operators will not intervene to enforce this requirement. Transfers can be requested from the Transit Operator when boarding the bus.

Observe Safety Guidelines

The following guidelines help ensure the safety & comfort of all bus passengers:

  • Children should be removed from their strollers when on board; children must be removed from wagons.
  • Priority front seating is designated for use as follows:

    (1) People using wheelchairs or scooter

    (2) Persons with disabilities

    (3) Children in strollers
    Note: Children in strollers will be accommodated, however, should anyone noted in priority (1) or (2) require the wheelchair area, you will be asked to move to another seat and you may need to fold your stroller.
  • Shirts & shoes must be worn.
  • No feet on the bus seats.
  • Inline/roller/ice skates must be removed before boarding.
  • No eating or drinking on board.
  • Items must be safely contained.
  • No toxic/flammable/hazardous materials on board.
  • Leashed dogs & non-exotic pets (carried without danger/offence to passengers) are permitted (except during peak periods: Mon–Fri, 7–9am & 3–6:30pm). Service animals are permitted anytime.
  • No animals permitted inside Downtown Terminal at 24 Maple Avenue (exemptions: service animals).
  • Large articles may be permitted on board at the Transit Operator’s discretion providing there is adequate space & they do not block the aisles/doors or inconvenience other riders. The Transit Operator is not required to assist with the boarding & unloading of these articles.
  • No smoking in City facilities, buses & bus shelters.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for a Student Pass?

Students who are Elementary (13+years), High school, Secondary and Post Secondary Students with valid photo ID, are eligible for Student Ride Cards & Student Monthly Passes. Georgian College students are also eligible for a Georgian College Semester Pass. All Students must be registered full-time recognized educational program with an accredited school or institution. Proof of enrollment may be required. Upon boarding, valid student photo I.D. (card issued by the educational institution; or a valid Barrie Transit Photo I.D. Card**) must be presented along with the pass. Without valid photo I.D. the Adult fare applies.

Please visit the Fares page for full information.

Photo ID

**If a full-time student cannot obtain a valid student photo I.D. card from their educational institution, a Barrie Transit Photo I.D. Card can be purchased for $5.00. Application forms must be completed in full by the school administration office; a photo ID application form can be downloaded and hard copies are available at any Barrie Transit sales location. Only original copies of this application form will be accepted. To qualify students must be registered in a full time recognized program with an accredited school or institution.

Where are the sales locations where I can buy a pass?

All passes & ride cards can be purchased at the following sales locations:

  • The Downtown Terminal (24 Maple Avenue)
  • City Hall Finance Department (70 Collier Street)
  • Allandale Recreation Centre (190 Bayview Drive)
  • East Bayfield Community Centre (80 Livingstone Street East)
  • Holly Community Centre (171 Mapleton Avenue)
  • Georgian College Book Store (Semester, Student & Adult monthly passes, 6 & 10 Student & Adult Ride Cards only)
Barrie Transit is not responsible for lost or stolen ride cards or passes. Passes are not transferable and are non-refundable.
What service is offered on holidays?
Barrie Transit does not operate on the following holidays:
  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Victoria Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Special services are provided on Canada Day, Civic Holiday, & Boxing Day.

How do transfers work?

Passengers can transfer routes at any point where two routes connect. Passengers must request a transfer when they first board the bus if they require a transfer to continue along their route. When boarding a bus with a transfer, passengers must scan the barcode transfer ticket on the fare box. If, for any reason the fare box scan option is not available, passengers must then present the transfer to the Operator unfolded and date-side up for inspection. Transfers must NOT be placed in the fare box.
A transfer is valid for one hour (60 minutes) from the time of issue and is valid as part of one continuous trip from origin to destination. Please retain your transfer if you need to travel on multiple buses to arrive at your destination.
Transfers are non-transferable and have no cash value.

How can I get a tax credit for using transit?

Barrie Transit Monthly or Semester Passes are eligible for a Federal Tax Credit on your income tax return. Keep your expired pass to submit with your return; the expired pass serves as your receipt. Barrie Transit cannot replace lost expired passes for income tax purposes. For more on the tax credit for public transit passes, please visit transitpass.ca.

What is the Night Stop program?

The Night Stop program allows passengers who feel it would be safer to disembark from the bus closer to their destination than the nearest transit stop. The service is in effect from dusk or 9 p.m. until the end of evening service. Passengers can request the Transit Operator to stop at any safe location (Operator discretion) along a route. Let the transit operator know at least one stop before the location you wish to disembark and leave from the front door.

I left an article on the bus. Does Barrie Transit have a LOST and FOUND area?

All articles found on our buses are processed and will then be taken to the Lost and Found at the Barrie Transit Terminal, 24 Maple Avenue. Processing can take 1-2 business days, therefore we suggest you contact  705-739-4209 or  transit@barrie.ca first before visiting the Terminal. Hours of operation are M-F 5am-11pm, Sat 5:30am-11pm and Sunday 6am-10pm. Note: due to limited storage space, lost and found items are only held for 30 days.

Where can I get a system map or hard copies of the routes/schedules?

Printed copies of the System Map are now available for pick-up at City Hall (2nd  floor, Access Barrie. Transit Branch and 1st floor Info Desk), the Downtown Transit Terminal, and our 3 community centres (Allandale, Holly, and East Bayfield). Staff at these locations are happy to print individual route schedules and maps upon request. Accessible formats are available upon request by emailing transit@barrie.ca .

What is Specialized Transit ?

Specialized Transit  is a prescribed specialized bus transportation service provided by the City of Barrie, operated to assist those persons with mobility difficulties. This service provides transportation from accessible door to accessible door. Riders must be apply and be registered to use Specialized Transit. Please visit Accessible Transportation for more information.

Barrie Transit is pleased to provide our community with accessible low floor buses on all our transit routes. Low floor buses have no stairs so boarding is easy, plus they have a ramp (deployed upon request, maximum weight restriction of 600lbs or 272 kg) and space for two wheelchairs or for people with disabilities who require the use of this space. Our Transit fleet is also equipped with on-board next stop announcement system, which means that each stop is verbally and visually announced through electronic means. Should you require to know the direction or destination of the bus you are boarding please ask the Operator.

Will there ever be an option to pay bus fare with Presto Cards (like there is in the GTA)?

Barrie may be part of it in the future. We will accept PRESTO as a visual pass for free bus travel to the GO train. When connecting to the GO Train, your Barrie Transit ride is free if you have GO Transit ticket or Presto Fare Card and your ride is within 30 minutes of arrival or departure train times at Allandale Waterfront or Barrie South GO stations.

What is the Borden-Angus-Barrie route?

The Township of Essa partnered with the City of Barrie for Borden-Angus-Barrie weekday transit service via Route 90. Buses travel from Barrie along County Road 90 to parts of Angus before stopping at CFB Borden. The schedule includes morning, mid-day, and afternoon service, Monday to Friday. View fare information.



 

 

 

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