Three busy Barrie Transit routes return to normal service this week

Ridership is at about 40 per cent of pre-COVID levels

The wheels on Barrie Transit buses are going to round and round more often.

Beginning Sept. 28, three of the busiest transit routes (1, 6 and 8) will return to regular 30-minute service. The City said these routes, along with route 100 which returned to normal service level in July, show the highest volume of riders and increased frequency will better support physical distancing on board.

Due to COVID-19, the majority of routes have been running on hourly service since Apr. 6. Barrie Transit’s overall service level will increase from 65 per cent to 85 per cent of normal with these four routes returning to pre-COVID levels.

Brent Forsyth, Director of Transit and Planning Services, is pleased to see ridership is growing. Early on in the pandemic, ridership was about 25 per cent of what would be normal and that has since climbed above 40 per cent. Forsyth credits several factors including students who are returning to school and using the service.

There is no timeline when a full resumption of service will happen across all routes. Barrie Transit only began accepting fares again at the beginning of August.

For more information including further updates and schedules, visit barrie.ca/transit.