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Licence 2 Ride

No Driver’s Licence this summer? Don’t get stuck at home! Ride free and play free all summer long with the City’s Licence 2 Ride. Quantities are limited, so apply for yours starting June 1, 2017.

 If you’re 12–15 years old*, this is your licence to free fun this summer. With the City’s Licence 2 Ride, you can ride for free on Barrie Transit and play for free at the City’s three Community Centres (Allandale, East Bayfield, and Holly) from July 1 to September 4, 2017.

*Applicant's date of birth must be between January 2002 & December 2005.

To apply, simply fill out an application form (you'll need a parent or guardian to sign), then submit the completed form in person at your local community centre (along with one piece of identification) and have your photo taken to create the  personalized pass.

Oh the places you'll go!

Here’s a list of some of the places licence-holders could explore and activities they could enjoy with their Licence 2 Ride. Remember your licence gets you free rides on ALL Barrie Transit routes.

Attend a free Rider's Ed Session


Get the most out of your Licence 2 Ride. Learn the ins & outs of using Barrie Transit and accessing the city's recreation centres. Each Rider’s Ed session will last approximately 1.5 hours total including a Transit bus tour & recreation component.

Each Rider's Ed will consist of:

  • Meet & greet with Rec & Transit staff and fellow L2R’s
  • Refreshments & snacks
  • Apps & Tools for trip planning and bus tracking 
  • What Customer Service & support is available (we are here 24/7 to help!)
  • Safety! How to ask for help if you miss your  bus, board the wrong route or get off at the wrong stop

Transit Tour

  • A private  tour on a Barrie Transit bus supervised by Transit staff
  • 30 minute tour, stopping at the Transit Terminal and returning  to the Recreation Centre
  • While on tour, we will inform riders on how to wait at a stop, boarding & departing , where to sit,  on-bus etiquette, stop request, night stop program, bike rack, stops & shelters  & how to transfer

Register for one of the following sessions at your local community centre when you apply for your Licence 2 Ride.

Allandale Rec Centre East Bayfield Community Centre Holly Community Centre
Tuesday July 4
Thursday July 6
Wednesday July 12 
Registration required. There is no fee to attend.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the pass cost?

The Licence 2 Ride is completely free for 12-, 13-, 14- or 15-year-olds (date of birth 2002–2005)

Why is the age 12 to 15 years old?

The Licence 2 Ride targets youth 12 to 15 years old because they are too young to work, too young to drive and are not primary users of Barrie Transit. The Licence 2 Ride is intended to encourage this target age group to get comfortable taking public transit and become future customers.

How does someone get a Licence 2 Ride?

Applicants need to simply fill out an application form, print it, sign it and bring it into a City of Barrie community center. They can also pick up an application form at any community centre (Allandale, East Bayfield, and Holly).

When can I apply for a Licence 2 Ride?

Applications are being accepted June 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

How long is the Licence 2 Ride valid for?

The Licence 2 Ride can be used from July 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017.

Where does the Licence 2 Ride allow holders to travel?

The Licence 2 Ride is exclusive to Barrie Transit routes.

Could a parent or sibling of a Licence 2 Ride Pass holder travel for free?

Only the photographed Licence 2 Ride holder is eligible, all other riders must pay the applicable fare. Passes will be confiscated by Transit Authority if used fraudulently or reproduced illegally.

Are the free recreation drop-ins valid at all community centres?

Yes, all City-operated drop-ins will accept and scan your Licence 2 Ride to allow unlimited free drop-ins from July 1, 2017 to September 4, 2017.

What if I lose my Licence 2 Ride?

You will need to bring one piece of identification to any City community centre to verify your identity. A card replacement fee will be charged.

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