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April 12, 14

Earlier this year Barrie City Council approved a plan to dramatically transform Barrie Transit by running buses more frequently on major roads, extending service hours, and creating more direct routes — starting mid-2013.

Next week, the City of Barrie is hosting three open houses about how it plans to adjust Barrie Transit service over the next few years.

The City recently finished studying its transit services, extensively consulting with members of the public, business operators and others in Barrie. Through citizen satisfaction surveys in 2008 and 2011, residents indicated that transit was a service that was highly important to them, but which seldom satisfied them.

As a result, the study team developed a plan for improving service to answer Barrie’s growing needs for better transit now and in the near future.

Barrie Transit will change from focusing on a single downtown terminal to one that serves multiple transit hubs in different parts of the city. Buses operating along different routes double up on major roads, resulting in 15-minute rush-hour service on many of Barrie’s busiest streets, instead of the current 30-minute service today.

The new plan lets riders to get to more destinations without changing buses. Barrie Transit will also establish a “real-time” passenger information system, allowing riders to get information about bus locations, status and departures from specific transit stops — using a variety of information methods.

This is your chance to let City staff know what you think of the plan. During these open house meetings, you’ll learn more about

  • the main features of the new transit network;
  • details on the exact routing and the frequency of service along each route of the new network.

Two meetings take place Thursday, April 12 — one in North Barrie and another downtown. Another meeting in downtown Barrie takes place Saturday, April 14.

If you can’t attend the meetings, you can still have your say. You can review the presentation materials and complete a survey on the plan here.

Thursday, April 12

Georgian College
“C” Building, Second Floor
From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Barrie Transit buses operating along the 10 Livingstone, 16 College, 18 St. Vincent, 20 RVH, 22 Crosstown and 28 East Hamner routes all enter the Barrie campus of Georgian College.
Thursday, April 12

Downtown Transit Terminal
From 4 until 8 p.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Barrie Transit buses operating along most routes serve the terminal: 10 Livingstone, 11 Bayfield, 12 Blake, 13 Cundles East, 14 Eastdale, 15 Letitia South, 16 College, 18 St. Vincent, 20 RVH, 24 Edgehill, 30 Yonge, 31 Essa, 33 Innisdale, 34 Ardagh, 39 Hurst, 41 Allandale.
Saturday, April 14

City Hall, Rotunda
70 Collier Street
From 8 until 11 a.m.

Getting there by public transit:

  • Barrie Transit buses operating along the 10 Livingstone, 12 Blake, 14 Eastdale and 20 RVH routes to the door.