Barrie Transit is extending free service until new protective operator shields have been installed on all buses. It’s expected they will be in place by the middle of July.
When they are, paid service will resume and riders over two years old will be required to wear non-medical face masks or face coverings. This will allow more passengers at a time to ride the bus (the current limit of 15 passengers has meant some were turned away).
The Downtown Bus Terminal will reopen on July 6. The number of people allowed in the terminal at the same time will be controlled to ensure customers can maintain a two-metre physical distance from each other.
Use of multi-ride cards suspended
As soon as paid transit services resume, the cost of a monthly transit pass will be pro-rated based on the number of days remaining in the month. To limit the transmission of COVID-19, the use of multi-ride cards will be suspended. The use of a ride card requires the operator and passenger to transfer and touch a paper fare product. In the meantime, staff are investigating alternative options to the ride cards. Riders will still be able to pay cash fares at the farebox on the vehicles and purchase monthly passes from the terminal.