Transit Priority & Courtesy Seating

Provide your feedback on Barrie’s Transit Vision

The City has launched the next phase of Barrie’s Transit Vision with a second round of public consultation which will present and seek feedback on the proposed transit network (Draft Transit Vision), as well as transit preferences.

In addition to providing feedback online, you're invited to join the project team at informal open houses throughout November. 

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Transit staff work to inform riders of service impacts, and keep the public informed about initiatives and projects that support Transit ridership.

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Do you have feedback on Barrie Transit? All feedback, including concerns and compliments, relating can be reported to the appropriate staff via Service Barrie Online.

OPTA EnAbling Change Campaign

In January 2022, Barrie Transit launched a campaign to raise awareness of transit accessibility features and encourage customers to consider the needs of others.

The EnAbling Change Campaign includes graphics and messaging posted inside Barrie Transit buses and the terminal, and shared on the City's social media channels.

This campaign was developed by the Ontario Public Transit Association in partnership with various local transit agencies that will also be sharing it in 2022 to promote compliance with Ontario's accessibility standards. The campaign uses clear and simple messaging in a friendly and non-judgemental way to educate transit riders about accessibility features, such as priority seating and service animals. It also reminds people that not all disabilities are visible.

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If able, passengers should offer their seat to passengers with visible and non-visible disabilities
This poster depicts two riders looking down not realizing that two approaching passengers with accessibility needs, one with a broken leg and crutches and another ride with a non-visible disability, who may need the priority seating area.
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If able, passengers should offer their seat to passengers with visible and non-visible disabilities
This poster depicts a rider standing beside two other riders seated in the priority seating area, one of which has a crutch and the other that has no readily apparent disability (i.e. non-visible disability).
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If able, passengers should offer their seat to passengers with visible and non-visible disabilities
This poster depicts two riders standing up with another offering their seat to a passenger with a non-visible disability (presumably they have asked for a seat).
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Service animals are welcome on Barrie Transit
This poster depicts a bus at a stop with a service dog in a harness waiting to board the bus. 

Please Read & Respect These Signs

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Courtesy ad

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) requires businesses and organizations to provide accessible services to people with disabilities. The goal is for Ontario to be fully accessible by 2025. 

The Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR, 191-11), is a standard developed under the AODA which includes 80 accessibility standards relating to transportation, employment, and information and communications.

In compliance with Section 49 of Regulation 191-11, Ontario’s public transit authorities now provide Priority seating designated for use by passengers with disabilities.

Transit authorities recognize there are other customers who would also benefit from having a seat near the front of the bus. A Courtesy seating area has been designated for seniors, expectant mothers, adults traveling with infants/small children or any other customer who may benefit from a seat near the front of the bus. 

Priority Seating

is for the use of passengers with a disability. These seats are located close to the front of the vehicle. Customers are expected to respect and obey the purpose of the designated seating area, which means if you are sitting in one of these designated seats, you MUST vacate the seat for a passenger with a disability. 

Please note:

  • A person with a disability occupying a Priority seat is not required to move for another customer with a disability. Use of these seats is on a first come-first served basis.
  • You are not required or expected to leave a transit vehicle in order to make room for a customer with a disability.
  • Bus drivers/operators will not intervene to enforce the requirement. We ask, however, that you show consideration for those whose need is greater than your own.

Courtesy Seating

is intended to provide additional seating for people who will benefit from having a seat near the front of the vehicle including:

  • seniors
  • expectant mothers
  • adults traveling with infants or small children

If you are s​itting in one of these designated seats, please respect its purpose and give up your seat to those who need it.

Please note: Drivers/operators will not enforce this requirement or intervene in any dispute related to Courtesy Seating. We ask, however, that you respect this designated seating area and show consideration for those whose need is greater than your own.

Frequently Asked Questions