The wheels on the bus have been going round-and-round during the COVID-19 pandemic and for Barrie Transit users it has been a free ride for the last four months. Not anymore.
As of Saturday, August 1, fares are being collected again.
Passengers will be able to board the bus from the front because plexiglass shields have been installed on all city buses to protect drivers.
“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.” said Mayor Jeff Lehman, in a statement earlier in the week.
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.