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Ongoing Service Frequency Reductions

The pandemic has significantly impacted both the City’s public transit services ridership and revenue. The City closely monitors the performance of its transit services and continues to work to increase service levels back to pre-pandemic levels as ridership and corresponding revenues recover.

Prior to the pandemic, all bus routes ran on 30-minute frequencies at peak times of the day. Service reductions:

  • Route 2 is operating on an hourly service Monday thru Sunday
  • Route 3 is operating with every other trip on a 30-minute & 60-minute service frequency Monday thru Sunday
  • Route 4 is operating on an hourly service Monday thru Sunday
  • Route 7 is operating on an hourly service Monday thru Sunday

Please see schedules for detailed start/finish times. We apologize for any inconveniences these service reductions may be causing.

Please note that the Safe Restart Agreement funding for transit services is focused on providing financial relief and addressing financial pressures due to COVID-19. We thank all our transit users for their patience in these difficult times.​​​​​

Temporary Frequency Impacts

Barrie Transit routes could experience temporary reductions in frequency across all routes. Please check MyRide before departing for your trip. Creating an account on MyRide is encouraged to receive notifications directly to your phone/email about your bus route.​


Route 8 Mapleview

Route 8 is on detour from August 16th, 2021 to Fall 2021 due to the Mapleview Drive East: Madelaine Dr to Yonge St project. Please refer to the Route 8 Detour Notice Map for the detour plan and locations of closed/temporary stops.​

Routes 5 & 8 Anne Street Bridge Closure

Routes 5 and 8 are on detour from June 6th, 2021 to Fall 2022 due to MTO's Anne Street Bridge Replacement project. A Pedestrian Shuttle with two free board stops is provided to help pedestrians get across the bridge closure. The detour will be implemented as follows:

Routes 2/3/5/6/8 Dunlop (Eccles to Toronto)

Routes are on detour from March 15th to Late Fall 2021 ​for construction. Detours will be phased according to construction conditions in the area as follows:

​​​​​​Using Transit for Vaccine Appointments

Please use the Barrie Transit vaccination access map ​for information on accessing your nearest vaccination clinic if you have an appointment.

Specialized Transit Service Changes

Specialized Transit clients: please refer to Specialized Transit considerations to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Ensuring the Safety of Riders

The City has added increased safety measures to protect Transit operators and riders during this time. Safety measures include:

  • daily sanitization of buses and facilities
  • increased educational information on buses about COVID-19 precautions
  • personal protective equipment for drivers
  • installation of hand sanitizer dispensers on buses​
  • plexiglass protective operator shields
  • spaced out seating and limited maximum capacity of 20 passengers

Mandatory Mask Use on Public Transit

All riders are required to wear non-medical face masks or face coverings as part of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s requirement to wear a face covering when entering a public indoor space or using Barrie Transit. Barrie Transit is fulfilling all health unit requirements regarding operating safely.

Exceptions may apply: Children under the age of two, or those under five who cannot be persuaded, are not required to wear a face covering, as well as individuals whose health or ability, or cultural or religious reasons would prevent them from doing so.

FAQs re Mandatory Mask Use on Public Transit
What has the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit required related to face coverings on public transit?

Owners and operators of businesses and organizations as well as all public transit services are required to have a policy to restrict persons from entering or remaining in indoor public space of the business or public transit vehicle in Simcoe Muskoka, if the person is not wearing a face covering, subject to some exceptions.

For the public, a face covering means a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering such as a bandana or scarf that covers the mouth, nose and chin.

Are there any exemptions from the requirement to wear a mask or face covering on Barrie Transit?

A person is exempt if:

  • The person is a child under the age of two years; or is a child under the age of five years either chronologically or developmentally and he or she refuses to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
  • The person is incapacitated and unable to remove their face covering without assistance;
  • Wearing a face covering would inhibit the person’s ability to breathe such as, but not limited to, during moderate to intense physical activity (such as running) or activity that would preclude its use (such as swimming);
  • For any other medical reason, the person cannot safely wear a face covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information;
  • For any religious reason, the person cannot wear a face covering

Riders who do not wear a face covering will be reminded by the operator that they are mandatory but will not be denied service. No proof of exemption is required.

Are Barrie Transit staff required to wear a mask or face covering?

Barrie Transit staff members, including operators (drivers), are required to wear masks or face coverings when working in indoor public spaces, unless the staff member is within or behind a physical barrier.

Is wearing a mask or face covering mandatory while standing inside the bus terminal?

Yes. Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory in all indoor public spaces in Barrie, Simcoe and Muskoka. Some exemptions apply.

Is wearing a mask or face covering mandatory while riding Specialized Transit vehicles?

Yes. Masks or face coverings are mandatory while riding any vehicle in the Barrie Transit fleet.

Is it mandatory to wear a face covering or mask while riding transit even if physical distance can be maintained?

Yes. Please continue to keep a two-metre distance from others where possible.

Can I wear a face shield instead of a face covering?

Face shields do not replace face coverings or masks. Your nose, mouth, and chin must be covered. Face shields protect the wearer from respiratory droplets but do not protect those around them, and must be worn with a mask.


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