Barrie Transit will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve even without an in-person downtown countdown

Ride for free as of 5 p.m. December 31

Barrie Transit will continue a New Year’s Eve tradition despite the lack of an in-person countdown to midnight.

The city’s transit service will continue to offer free service on New Year’s Eve as of 5 p.m. until the usual end of service. In years previous, the city extended transit service until 3 a.m. to help residents get back home, but with officials urging more subdued gatherings this New Year’s, the city will end service as scheduled.

“Although this holiday season will look much different with residents encouraged to follow the Health Unit’s guidelines and not attend social gatherings, the City remains committed to providing the option of a safe ride home for those who may need it for work on New Year’s Eve,” Transit manager Brent Forsyth told Barrie 360. “We remind riders about safety protocols while riding Transit: wear a face covering, use hand sanitizer, stay two metres apart from others when possible, and stay home if you’re sick.”

The City of Toronto announced Wednesday it would not be providing its traditional New Year’s Eve free transit as a means of curbing gatherings in the lockdown zone.