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Licence 2 Ride

The City’s Licence 2 Ride is 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 recreation centres

2021 Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this program is currently under review for 2021. Updates will be posted as they are available.

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 (excluding Route 90 Essa Service). The Licence 2 Ride must be clearly displayed to the bus driver when boarding Barrie Transit.

Rider's Ed Sessions


Licence 2 Ride applicants are encouraged to sign-up for a free Rider's Ed Session when they apply for their pass. They'll 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
  • 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

2019 Rider's Ed Sessions:

Allandale Rec Centre
190 Bayview Dr.
East Bayfield Community Centre
80 Livingstone St. E
Holly Community Centre
171 Mapleton Ave
Wednesday, July 3
Tuesday, July 9

Thursday, July 4

Wednesday, July 10
There is no fee to attend. Register for Rider's Ed on-the-spot, in person, when registering for the Licence 2 Ride Program at any one of the recreation facilities locations noted above.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the pass cost?

The Licence 2 Ride is completely free for 12-, 13-, 14- or 15-year-olds* *2019  applicants' date of birth must be between January 1st 2004 - December 31st 2007.

Why is the pass only for 12 to 15 year olds?

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?

2019  applications are accepted between June 1 - June 30, 2019. Applicants are required to fill out an application form, print it, sign it (you'll need a parent or guardian signature) and bring it into a City of Barrie community centre. You can also pick up an application form at these community centres: Allandale, East Bayfield, and Holly.

When can I apply for a Licence 2 Ride?

2019 applications are accepted June 1 to 30, 2019.

How long is the Licence 2 Ride valid for?

The Licence 2 Ride can be used from July 1 to September 2, 2019.

Where does the Licence 2 Ride allow holders to travel?

The Licence 2 Ride is exclusive to Barrie Transit routes (excluding Route 90 Essa Service)

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

Only the photographed Licence 2 Ride holder is eligible to ride for free, 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 to September 2, 2019.

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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