Barrie Transit to start charging fares again as of August 1

"Free transit, unfortunately, does need to come to an end at some point, and that point is next week."

You’ll have to pony up some cash soon if you want to continue riding Barrie Transit.

As of Saturday, August 1, Barrie Transit will begin collecting fares from riders once again. Plexiglass shields have been installed on all city buses, meaning the practice of entering from the rear can come to an end. Passengers will be able to safely board the bus and pay for their ride at the front entrance.

“Free transit, unfortunately, does need to come to an end at some point, and that point is next week,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman on Tuesday afternoon. “Having offered free transit for four months now, through COVID to try and help people out, keep everyone able to use our system, we do need to return to charging for transit and recovering some costs.”

To limit the transmission of COVID-19, the city is suspending the use of multi-ride cards as they require the operator and passenger to both touch the same object. Alternatives are being investigated.