Barrie Transit extends free service until July 2, adds more safety measures

(Barrie, ON) In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Barrie Transit is extending free service until July 2. 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. The Downtown Bus Terminal remains closed until further notice.

The City has also added increased safety measures to protect drivers and riders during this time. In addition to boarding the bus from the back doors, limiting capacity to a maximum of 15 passengers, spaced out seating and daily sanitization, Barrie Transit has added the following safety measures:

increased educational information on buses about COVID-19 precautionspersonal protective equipment for driversinstallation of hand sanitizer dispensers on busesplexiglass protective operator shields are currently being tested on select buses, with the plan to install them on the entire fleet in the next few weeksencouraging passengers towear non-medical masks while riding public transit

To assist in protecting transit staff and riders, theMinistry of Health is recommending the use of face coverings, particularly when physical distancing is not possible.

Barrie Transit has been offering free service since March 20. VisitMyRideBarrie.ca before departing on your trip to track your bus. Barrie Transit may be experiencing intermittent service issues on some routes. For more information, visitbarrie.ca/transit. For the latest updates to City services, visitwww.barrie.ca/Services.

Please avoid all unnecessary travel and do not use public transit if you are sick.  

Additional Resources:Service Barrie: 705-726-4242Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 705-721-7520 orsimcoemuskokahealth.org/Barrie Police Service Non-Emergency Line: 705-725-7025Ontario 211: Community and Social Services: call 211 or visitcommunityconnection.caCanadian Mental Health Association:cmha.caKids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 orkidshelpphone.caBarrie and Area Healthcare options:barriehealth.ca/

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Media Contact
Melanie Rumley
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4578
melanie.rumley@barrie.ca