Published June 3, 2024

REMINDER: Barrie Transit rolls out first phase of new network

Customer boards Transit ON Demand vehicle. Picture supplied - City of Barrie

The wheels on Barrie Transit buses will continue to go round and around, but beginning on Sunday, what's being called "The New Network" will offer riders a route plan that introduces express, frequent, local and Transit ON Demand routes.

This update is designed to enhance the current transit service, offering faster, more efficient routes, and expanded coverage to better serve the community.

This is the first of two phases, with the latter to begin around mid-2025.

Starting on Sunday, the following will be launched:

  • Route Changes: There will be changes to routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 100.

(there are no changes to Routes 2,7, and 8)

  • Highway 400 Express Route: A new express route on Highway 400 will connect the north and south ends of Barrie with a 30-minute frequency from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Expanded Transit ON Demand (ToD): ToD has expanded to five zones in Barrie. Each zone is differentiated by a unique colour and letter: Zones A, B, C, D and G. There are three easy ways to book ToD rides: download the Barrie ToD app; book online; or call 705-726-4242.
  • Added Service Coverage: On Hanmer Street, Lakeside Terrace, and Amelia Street.

The Transit ON Demand model was launched as a pilot program in August 2020.

“We encourage residents who are unsure about trying Transit ON Demand to call the City and ask us questions—we’re happy to show riders how easy it is to book and use the service,” said Brent Forsyth, Director of Transit and Parking Strategy. “We’re finding that once people have tried Transit ON Demand, they find it does result in quicker travel to their destination, and the ratings on the app have been positive so far.”

Residents are welcome to attend drop-in information sessions about the new Transit Network, taking place until June 13. 

It's anticipated "The New Network" will result in capital cost reductions for growth or replacement vehicles by $10 million in the city's capital plan over 10 years.

Phase 2 will feature service coverage expansion to places like Benson Drive, King Street, Morrow Road and Caplan Avenue.

For the best experience, riders are encouraged to download the Transit App, which features real-time updates, specific route information, and trip planning tools—including both Transit ON Demand and fixed route schedules. The Transit App is integrated with the Barrie ToD app, so Transit ON Demand riders can plan their journey in the Transit App and easily book their corresponding Transit ON Demand trip.

For more details, schedules, and maps, visit Riders can also view the story map for details of the changes coming to routes.

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