Barrie City Hall has given the nod to extending a popular student transit project.
At Monday night’s meeting, Barrie Council gave the final rubber stamp to continuing the Barrie Transit Field Trip Pilot Program through the school year.
During the 2018/19 school year, Barrie Transit introduced the program, through a partnership with the public and Catholic school boards, to ten elementary schools across the city. It ran from December 2018 to this past June and was generally well-received. The City is expected to expand this program to all elementary schools in the city. Two high schools will be included in this year’s program.
Mayor Jeff Lehman says there are a couple of benefits to this: cheaper transportation for students and familiarizing them with public transit in the hope they will use it more in the future. The cost to the city is negligible since kids under the age of 12 will soon be able to ride for free.
Participating schools are provided three field trip passes, which would be valid for unlimited travel for up to thirty students and five adults.