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Licence 2 Ride

The City’s Licence 2 Ride was offered to youth aged 12 - 15 and provides the chance to ride for free on Barrie Transit & play for free at the city's three community centres from July 1 - Sept 4. Applications are closed for 2017.

Applications for the 2018 Licence to Ride program will be accepted starting June 1, 2018.

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.

Rider's Ed Sessions


Rider's Ed Sessions were offered to Licence 2 Ride applicants to introduce them to 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

Registration is closed for 2017 Rider's Ed Sessions.

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 did the pass cost?

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

Why was the age 12 to 15 years old?

The Licence 2 Ride targeted 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?

Applications are closed for 2017. Applications were accepted between June 1 - June 30, 2017. Applicants were required to fill out an application form, print it, sign it and bring it into a City of Barrie community center. They could 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 were 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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