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Transit Service Notices

Please avoid all unnecessary travel. Do not use public transit if you are feeling unwell.​​ If you must use transit, follow Ministry of Health recommendations to help keep yourself safe.

Detours

​Maple & Dunlop Detour: Routes 1,4, 5, 6, 7, 8,& 100 are on detour due to the closure of the Maple & Dunlop intersection from Monday April 27th to Friday July 17th 2020. See the Detour Plan to find your nearest in-service stop.

Route 3 Innisfil Detour: Route 3 is on detour due to the closure of Innisfil between Brock and T​iffin until late summer 2020. See the Innisfil Detour Plan to find your nearest in-service stop.

Route 3 Mapleview Detour​: Route 3 is on detour due to the closure of Mapleview between Yonge and Royal Jubilee from Monday March 2 to June 15 2020 (extended). Please see the Mapleview Detour Plan for the nearest in-service Route 3 stops. A GO Shuttle will be provided on weekdays to accommodate GO Train trips. Please see the GO Shuttle Map & Schedule for details. ​

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.

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

Ensuring the Safety of Riders

The City also added increased safety measures to protect drivers 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 are currently being tested on select buses, with the plan to install them on the entire fleet
  • rear-door-only boarding for passengers
  • spaced out seating and limited maximum capacity of 15 passengers
  • encouraging passengers to wear non-medical masks while riding public transit

Mask Use Recommended

To assis​t in protecting transit staff and riders, the Ministry of Health recommends the use of face coverings, particularly when physical distancing is not possible on public transit. To keep yourself safe, follow the linked recommendations.

Hourly Service in Effect​

Starting April 6, Barrie Transit moved to hourly service. Buses run from approximately 5:30am to 12:30am Monday to Saturday. Sunday service remains hourly from approximately 9am to 11pm. See schedule & maps.

Free Transit until July 2, 2020

It is critical for people to have the ability to ride the bus to get basic things like groceries or to jobs that we rely on. The City has been putting increased measures in place to protect drivers and riders during this time.

Offering free transit creates the opportunity to have riders board from back door, which reduces risk to transit operators and further supports physical distancing. Riders must board and exit the bus from the rear door only. People with accessible needs can continue to board using the front doors.

Barrie Transit has been offering free services since March 20. Refunds or credits for March, April, May and June monthly pass purchases will be provided on a prorated basis for the period of time Barrie Transit was free to the public. Riders should hold on to their March/April/May transit pass. Refunds or credits will be provided when the City is able to resume public facing services to the community.

 

Downtown Bus Terminal Closed

As of April 6, the Downtown Bus Terminal is closed until further notice. ​

GO Bus/Train Temporary Schedule Adjustments

GO Trains and Buses will be operating with adjusted schedules beginning Wednesday April 8th 2020. These adjustments are temporary. Please see the GO Transit schedules page for m​ore details.

Specialized Transit Considerations

Barrie Transit continues to operate and has increased the cleaning of vehicles and facilities. To protect the Specialized Transit Clients and Operators and to help minimize the spread of COVID-19:

  • We ​are reducing Specialized Transit service to essential trips only. Trip Bookings are restricted to the purposes of Work, Shopping and Medical.​
  • If it is deemed that there is abuse of these essential trips,  the City reserves the right to deny trip bookings.
  • To minimize the need for multiple shopping trips, the allowed manageable amount and maximum of (2) two parcels or bags has been increased to (4) four. Please remember that you must be able to carry your own parcels and keep the parcels on your lap during travel.
  • If you are unwell, please remember to cancel your trip or do not reserve a trip.


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