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Transit Service Notices​​

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 Service Impacts

Impacted routes: Barrie Transit is expecting a temporary reduction in frequency on routes 1, 6 and 100, until further notice. Please expect longer wait times on these 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 rou​te. ​

Fees for monthly passes increase May 1, 2021 

Fees for monthly Barrie Transit passes will increase effective May 1. Purchase monthly passes​ at the Barrie Transit Terminal, City Hall or select recreation centres. ​​

​Pass Type CurrentEffective May 1
Adults (ages 19-64​)
Students (ages 13–18 or individual with valid
post-secondary student identification)
Seniors (65+​)

Service Interruptions​​​​​


Routes 2/3/6/8 Dunlop (Eccles to Toronto): Routes are on detour from March 15 to late fall 2021 for construction. Please use this map for the detour plan and locations of closed/temporary stops.

​Routes 8 & 100 Bell Farm: ​Stops 106 & 107 are closed for construction. Temporary stops are available for Route 8 and Route 100 near Bell Farm at Alliance (by the Fire Station).

Route 3 Allandale Recreation Centre: Route 3 will not service stop #2 while the 55+ Centre at Allandale Recreation Centre remains closed. Please use this map to find your nearest route 3 stops along Bayview. This detour will provide a faster, more direct, and more reliable tri​p for route 3 riders.​

​​​​​Service Notices​ Rel​ated to CO​VI​D-19​

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. 
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.

The operators (drivers) do not have to wear masks as they are separated from the public ​by plexiglass ​shields installed on buses. 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.

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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