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Barrie Transit

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

NOTICE: Staff is in currently the process of redefining and realigning routes to improve service reliability, address any operational difficulties, and address public feedback while still maintaining service standards. We apologize for any inconvenience with the system and appreciate your patience.

Quick Guide to Using Barrie Transit

The New Barrie Transit, launched on August 17th 2013, operates a total of 11 two-directional routes and includes seven transit hubs around the city. “A” or “B” in the route number indicates the travel direction: “A” = north or clockwise loop, “B” = south or counter-clockwise loop. Check out the Maps & Schedules to plan your route. 

Get up-to-the-Minute Updates

Before you leave the house, find out if your bus is on schedule! Each bus stop & hub is assigned a specific stop number. Get up-to-the-minute prediction times by calling or texting 705-999-8956 & entering your 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.

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. 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?

High school students are eligible for Reduced Ride Cards & Student Monthly Passes. Full-time post-secondary students (those registered in a full-time educational program) are eligible for Adult Ride Cards, Student Monthly Passes, and/or a Georgian College Semester Pass. 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.

*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 by the school administration office; forms can be downloaded here and hard copies are available at any Barrie Transit sales location.

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
 
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
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

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

How do transfers work?

Transfers can be requested from the Transit Operator when boarding the bus & can only be used by the person to whom it was issued. A Barrie Transit transfer allows you 75 minutes free travel, in any direction, on any route. You can even make short trips on only one fare as long as you are back on the return bus before the time on your transfer expires. If you’re unsure of the expiry time, please ask your Transit Operator.

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 travelling after 9 p.m. to request transit drivers to stop at any safe location along a route to ensure they arrive safely. Let the transit operator know at least one stop before the location you wish to be dropped off at and leave from the front door. As it gets darker during the winter months, should you feel unsafe getting off after dark prior to 9 p.m. please feel free to request this courtesy from the Transit Operator.

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

All articles found on our buses are taken to the Lost and Found at the Barrie Transit Terminal, 24 Maple Avenue, Suite 205. You can contact the Lost and Found area directly at 705-737-2766.

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 (3rd floor Transit Dept 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.

What is BACTS?

The Barrie Accessible Community Transportation Service (BACTS) is a 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 registered to use BACTS. 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 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.