Barrie, Innisfil to receive added transit cleaning funding from Queen’s Park

Funding part of a $15 million commitment to 110 municipalities

Barrie Transit will be among the municipal transit services across the province to share in some added funding to help keep buses clean.

The Government of Ontario has handed down a fund as part of its response to COVID-19 that is expected to help municipalities cover the additional costs of cleaning municipal transit systems. Barrie will receive just over $96,700 of the $15 million being split among 110 municipalities. Innisfil will receive $14,900.

“As we begin on the road to recovery, these transit services help people get back to work during the reopening of the province,” said Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte MPP Doug Downey. “That is why this funding for enhanced cleaning services on public transit is so important.”

“Clean and safe transit systems are required to help the people of Barrie and Innisfil commute to work, go shopping or travel to medical appointments,” added Barrie-Innisfil MPP Andrea Khanjin. “Our government is continuing to support Ontario’s economic recovery from COVID-19. This investment will help our municipalities with enhanced cleaning to keep transit employees and
users safe.”

Barrie Transit undergoes added cleaning and sanitation on a nightly basis, while riders will be required to wear a mask once the city begins charging fares again.