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Transit Service Notices

Please avoid all unnecessary travel. Do not use public transit if you are feeling unwell.​​

Civic Holiday - Sunday Service

Barrie Transit will operate with Sunday schedules this Civic Holiday Monday (August 3rd).

Dunlop Detour: Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,& 100 are on detour due to the closure of the Maple/Dunlop & Mary/Dunlop intersection from Monday June 15th to early August. See the Detour Plan to find your nearest in-service sto​p.​

Route 3 Allandale Recreation Centre Detour: Route 3 is on detour and will not service Stop #2 at Allandale Recreation Centre from Monday June 1st to November 2020. The nearby closure of Fairview Road is expected to create traffic delays. This detour will maintain reliability of the route. Please see the Allandale Recreation Centre Detour Plan to find your nearest Route 3 in-service stop.

Route 11 Innisdale Detour: Stop #2 (for Route 11) at Allandale will be minorly relocated for repaving beginning Thursday June 11th to late August. See the attached notice for details on the relocation of stop #2.

​​Service Notices​ Rel​ated to COVID-19

Paid Service Resumes August 1

As of Saturday, August 1, all Barrie Transit buses will have protective, plexiglass shields that provide a safety barrier between riders and bus operators. Fares will be collected again as riders can now safely board the bus from the front doors.

Buses will continue to run hourly from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday and from approximately 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.

Barrie Transit was free from March 20 as riders boarded the bus from the back doors to allow for minimal contact between riders and drivers. This was done to keep both riders and drivers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please refer to fare information for details about available passes and where to purchase. Refunds or credits for March, April, May, June and July monthly passes are available for the period of time Barrie Transit was free to the public.

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
  • rear-door-only boarding for passengers
  • spaced out seating and limited maximum capacity of 15 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. 
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?

Yes, Barrie Transit staff will wear a mask or face covering when working in the public areas of the indoor public space unless the staff member is within or behind a physical barrier or is in an area of the premises that is not designated for public access.

Currently, operators (drivers) are not required to wear a mask while operating the bus as passengers are boarding through the rear doors, and the front of the bus has been partitioned off. Drivers will use a mask when helping secure passenger wheelchair/mobility devices.


Once the driver shields are installed on buses and we resume front-door boarding, the operators (drivers) will not have to wear masks as they’ll be separated from the public. They will need to wear masks if they exit the driver seat/plexiglass area to secure a wheelchair/mobility device, or enter the public area of the vehicle.

Can I wear a homemade mask or face covering while riding Barrie Transit?

Yes. 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.

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.

Downtown Bus Terminal Reopened July 6

To prepare for fare sales, the Downtown Bus Terminal reopened on July 6. 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. If there is a heat warning, the Transit Terminal will also act as a cooling centre. There are time limits in place to keep within the maximum number of people allowed in the facility at one time and allow for turnover.

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