Service Barrie (705) 726-4242ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca
Transit Terminal & Intercity 24 Maple Avenue
Ontario Northland Phone: (800) 461-8558www.ontarionorthland.ca
Barrie Transit offers conventional service and
specialized transit services for people with mobility restrictions. General transit information and frequently asked questions are included on this page.
barrie.ca/TransitNotices for up-to-date information regarding any transit service interruptions.
On June 28, 2021,
City Council adopted a motion that endorsed the conversion of the Barrie Transit fleet to battery electric buses (BEBs). The next step in the conversion of the Barrie Transit fleet to BEBs is the development of a pilot program. Updates on the creation and launch of the pilot program will be communicated as they become available.
Like any funding provided by the government, there are very specific ways we can use allotted funds. The funding Barrie Transit received under the
Safe Restart Agreement (announced in July 2020) is split into two phases:
Phase 1 is immediate funding to help provide relief from the financial pressures of COVID-19. Barrie received $2,556,418 to cover the costs of:
This funding is to be used for anything to do with revenue recovery and limiting spread of the virus.
Phase 2 funding is for ongoing support to address financial pressures of COVID-19 until the end of the provincial fiscal year (March 31, 2021). The amount Barrie Transit will receive will be determined in fall 2020.
The Ministry of Transportation Ontario will be building specific requirements into the Phase 2 agreements, but in general this funding will be used to promote ridership growth and transit sustainability during the pandemic, and help chart a path to a strong recovery for our community.
Barrie Transit operates a total of 10 two-directional routes. The “A” or “B” in the route number (ex. 1A) displayed on the routes indicate the travel direction of the route. Check out
MyRide to plan your trip or consult the Schedules & Maps page to view route details.
Before you leave the house, get real time live bus information by going to
www.myridebarrie.ca or get up-to-the-minute bus arrival times by calling or texting 705-999-8956 & entering your stop number and route.
Please refer to the
MyRide Texting Document for more information about how to use this feature. Each bus stop & hub is assigned a specific stop number. Stop numbers are displayed on all bus stop signs and within
route maps and schedules; you can also look up your stop number using the online
Stop Number Lookup Tool.
Have your applicable
fare, ride card, pass, transfer and identification card ready when boarding the bus. Please have exact change; bus Operators do not carry money and cannot make change. If you are a Senior (65+), student, a person who is visually impaired (CNIB), or have been approved to travel with an Attendant, please be prepared to show the appropriate, valid I.D. with your ride card or pass. Failure to display the appropriate identification may result in refusal of service or confiscation of your ride card or pass.
If a full-time student cannot obtain a valid student photo I.D. card from their educational institution, a Barrie Transit student photo I.D. card can be purchased for $5. A
student photo I.D. application form must be completed in full by the school administration office. Hard copies of the application are available at the Transit Terminal and
sales locations (excludes Georgian College).
Qualifying students must be registered in a full-time recognized program with an accredited school or institution. Completed application forms (original copies only) are accepted in person at the Barrie Transit Terminal ticket window (24 Maple Ave).
An Attendant is a support person who assists with communication, mobility, personal care, medical and behavioural needs. Customers who require an attendant must complete and submit a
Barrie Transit Attendant Card Application Form. This card includes photo ID that identifies the cardholder as a person who, because of their disability, needs to be accompanied by a support person and is unable to use conventional public transit service independently.
Board the bus at the front door; exit at the rear when possible. Barrie Transit is pleased to provide accessible buses on all our Conventional transit routes. Buses include accessible features such as hand rails, low floor buses with ramp entry (deployed upon request, maximum weight 600lbs/272 kg) designated courtesy seating with space for two wheelchairs or for any person with a disability who may require the use of this space.
Conventional buses are also equipped with pre-boarding announcement and on-board next stop display & announcement systems. This means that before you board the bus will announce the route number and name and while on board each stop is verbally and visually announced through electronic means.
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.
Please refer to the
Assistive Device Guidelines Information Sheet.
Barrie Transit highly recommends the securement of assistive/mobility devices such as wheelchairs and scooters to avoid potential injury. Assistive devices must:
If the assistive device does not meet this criteria, the passenger may not be accommodated.
Passengers travelling on a scooter are encouraged to transfer to a seat.
Remaining on the scooter is not safe in the event of an emergency stop or turn.
The following guidelines help ensure the safety & comfort of all bus passengers:
The Transit Terminal is located downtown at 24 Maple Avenue and open seven days a week from 7am–10pm. The amount of people allowed in the terminal at the same time is controlled to ensure customers can maintain a 2-metre distance from each other.
Transit ON Demand is a Barrie Transit service without a fixed schedule or route. The bus travel is optimized by a computer-based upon rider trip requests. TOD operates within a specific zone allowing riders to travel from bus stop to bus stop within the zone on demand.
Barrie Transit offers MagnusCards, a free app featuring digital guides to support travelers with cognitive special needs for easier, stress-free mobility throughout Barrie. These cards break down Barrie Transit processes into simple, manageable steps to allow for predictability in an unfamiliar environment, promote independence, build confidence, and enhance safety and sense of inclusion.
Using MagnusCards is easy:
The five card decks feature pictures from Barrie Transit paired with simple text and audio that clearly outline necessary steps for tasks including: buying passes, planning a trip, how to ride the bus, staying safe and getting help, and understanding the transit map.
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.
**If a full-time student cannot obtain a valid student photo I.D. card from their educational institution, a Barrie Transit student photo I.D. card can be purchased for $5.00. A
student photo I.D. application form must be completed in full by the school administration office. Hard copies are available at any Barrie Transit Terminal and sales location (excludes Georgian College location). To qualify students
must be registered in a full time recognized program with an accredited school or institution. Please refer to the criteria on the application form. Completed applications forms are to be submitted in person to the Barrie Transit Terminal ticket window located at 24 Maple Avenue. Only original copies of this application form will be accepted.
Monthly passes & ride cards can be purchased at the following sales locations:
Individual & Family day passes are only available for purchase at the Downtown Terminal and on Conventional buses.
Barrie Transit is not responsible for lost or stolen ride cards or passes. Passes are not transferable and are non-refundable.
Special services are provided on Canada Day, Civic Holiday, & Boxing Day and New Years Eve.
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 75 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.
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 approx.. 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.
All articles found on our buses are processed first 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 705-726-4242 or ServiceBarrie@barrie.ca first before visiting the Terminal. Hours of operation are 7 am - 10 pm daily. Note: due to limited storage space, lost and found items are only held for one (1) week.
Printed copies of the
System Map and Ride Guide are available for pick-up at City Hall (1st floor, Service Barrie), the
Downtown Transit Terminal, and our 3 community centres (Allandale,
East Bayfield). Staff at these locations are happy to print individual route schedules and maps upon request. Copies and accessible formats are also available upon request by emailing
Specialized Transit is a door to door shared ride accessible public transit service provided by the City of Barrie, operated to assist those persons with mobility difficulties. Riders must be apply and be registered to use the service.
Before you apply, please consider Barrie Transit is pleased to provide accessible buses on all our Conventional transit routes. Buses include accessible features such as hand rails, low floor buses with ramp entry (deployed upon request, maximum weight 600lbs/272 kg) designated courtesy seating with space for two wheelchairs or for any person with a disability who may require the use of this space. Conventional buses are also equipped with pre-boarding announcement and on-board next stop display & announcement systems. This means that before you board the bus will announce the route number and name and while on board each stop is verbally and visually announced through electronic means.
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
As part of Barrie Transit’s ongoing commitment to improving customer service on and off the bus, shelter and bench locations are considered based on the following factors:
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