Barrie Allandale Transit Terminal & Downtown Mini Hub

Project Type
Facilities
Status
In Progress
Estimated Completion
2025

This project consists of building an inter-regional transit hub within Barrie's Allandale area and a Downtown Mini Hub to host transit services and connections through a more integrated public transit system.

This project includes the following major components: 

  • The Barrie Allandale Transit Terminal (previously known as Allandale Transit Mobility Hub) will be located within Barrie's Allandale area to centrally locate an inter-regional transit hub with adjacency to the existing rail corridor. This hub will host seamless transit services and connections between Simcoe County, Muskoka, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 
  • The Downtown Mini Hub will include bus stops and sheltered waiting areas located on Maple Avenue. These bus stops will maintain downtown transit service levels and provide direct access routes to and from the downtown. Reducing the footprint of the current transit terminal (24 Maple Avenue) within the downtown while preserving route coverage will support downtown revitalization objectives and provide continued access to Barrie's busiest destination.

Please visit buildingbarrie.ca/MobilityHub for information on community engagement related to this project.

Project Updates

April 5, 2024

  • The Transfer Payment Agreement (TPA) for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) between the Province and the City has been executed. 
  • Construction on site of the Barrie Allandale Transit Terminal progresses. Site activities that have been completed or initiated on site include mobilization, site clearing, removals and excavation. Learn about the access impacts during construction
  • Stage II archaeological monitoring commenced in March 2024 during onsite excavations as required by the Stage III archaeological assessment. A project information form was submitted to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  • The soil characterization report, excess soil destination assessment report and soil management plan have been completed in compliance with Provincial regulations.
  • Site plan approval (SPA) has been received. 
  • Site servicing and a foundation permit have been received. 
  • The artist agreement for the approved artwork is being finalized.
  • A payment agreement between the City and Metrolinx has been executed. Two limiting distance agreements (LDA) have been drafted and are currently under review for execution. 

Access During Construction

There is no access at Allandale Station to the following during construction of the Barrie Allandale Transit Terminal at 20 Essa Road:

  • Bus platforms 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. As a result, Barrie Transit Routes 1, 4, 7, and 8, Linx Buses, and GO Buses will be on a slight detour and will service temporary stops on Essa and Tiffin. Visit myridebarrie.ca/news for bus route detour plans.
  • The Lakeshore and Tiffin intersection vehicle access to the pick-up and drop-off area.

Access remains open to the following during construction:

  • GO Train and platforms
  • The eastern vehicle access to the pick-up and drop-off area
  • The vehicle pick-up and drop-off area
  • The pedestrian tunnel to and from Gowan Street

Please refer to the public access map detailing the area of construction, service impacts and routing.

Public Art

The project will include a commissioned work of public art in the outdoor plaza at the Barrie Allandale Transit Terminal. The location was predetermined by the site design. Following the public art engagement, Canadian artists were invited to express interest in designing and creating the piece, and 46 submissions were received.

Exhale: Memories of Breath, Steam & Campfire Smoke was selected by a jury of third-party stakeholders as the winning piece and approved by Council. The winning artist team, Brad Hindson and Michael Simon, known as Studio F Minus, are based in Toronto. The piece will be a monumental shimmering, kinetic cloud sculpture made of approximately 240 individual mirror finished stainless steel paddles connected to a stainless-steel armature, perched atop two painted structural steel poles. The paddles will rotate and respond to wind while also reflecting the colour of sky at different times of day. The shadows cast by the artwork extend the reach of it and animate the plaza over the course of the day. View the renderings below. 

The artwork will be installed in 2025 as part of the construction project scope. Learn more about public art in Barrie.

Support & Funding

The Barrie Allandale Transit Terminal and Downtown Mini Hub is supported and funded by the Government of Canada (40% contribution) and Government of Ontario (33.33% contribution) through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The City's contribution covers the remaining 26.67%. Related media release: Canada and Ontario invest in more accessible public transit infrastructure for Barrie residents.

Project Benefits

There are many anticipated benefits from building a new transit terminal within Barrie's Allandale area. The project will:

  • support Barrie Transit growth to best meet the needs and goals of today, and tomorrow.
  • increase transit access to the Allandale GO station to provide a more sustainable travel choice and address parking constraints. 
  • provide seamless connections for Transit Riders between GO Trains/Buses and Ontario Northland for integrated transit access to Simcoe County, Muskoka and the GTA.
  • provide a geographically centralized hub within the city.
  • provide a safer transit site by encouraging safe circulation and linkages between bus, vehicular, and pedestrian traffic. 
  • provide express bus stops with a lay by on Essa to improve transit travel time.
  • support increased ridership and the City's Transportation Master Plan with targets to increase transit modal shares.
  • support increased bicycle ridership with covered bike shelters and parking.
  • provide easier access to tourism with multiple modes of transportation.
  • support the City's Official Plan by building within one of the City's identified intensification and urban growth centre areas to promote growth as well as transit-centric developments.
  • provide an extremely efficient building by targeting Net-Zero energy design, which will reduce ongoing operating costs over the life of the building.
  • create an aesthetically pleasing and fully accessible facility that is consistent with the Allandale Historic Train Station to augment the heritage of the area.
  • provide backup emergency power necessary to maintain uninterrupted transit services during power outages.

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