Barrie Transit Vision aligns with the opening of the Allandale Mobility Hub

As detailed in the staff report, transit planning principles which “represent the guiding concepts of best practice transit network design” are services promises, the foundation, and the pillars of the transit network

The future of transit in Barrie will be on the table tomorrow as the City’s finance and corporate services committee considers transit principles connected with the Barrie Transit Vision Project.
The project is a staff initiative designed to align with the construction timeline of the Allandale Mobility Hub.
“Barrie’s Transit Vision will determine the optimal bus route network with our new hub location at Allandale GO in 2022. The project will also consider other elements such as Barrie’s new urban growth areas, developing intensification corridors, City of Barrie Transportation Master Plan and new transit service models (Transit on Demand),” writes Michael McConnell, transit operations planner, in a staff report.
“Barrie’s Transit Vision will align with the Allandale Mobility Hub occupation in 2022 and will include future phasing of our transit network to grow with the city while reducing the need for future substantial changes that have a high impact on the rider.”
Stakeholder engagement sessions are planned as part of the process, with the first one set for sometime during the first quarter of the year, available through the City’s website. Staff will present council with the proposed network design.
As detailed in the staff report, transit planning principles which “represent the guiding concepts of best practice transit network design” are:
Service promises: refers to the longevity, financial feasibility, and rider experience of the transit network.
a) Access: measures a rider’s ability to access their city. It is a determination of how many people and jobs a person can access in a given amount of travel time
b) Efficiency: Designing a network that acknowledges that transit resources are limited and allocates these resources in an efficient manner
c) Comfort: A comfortable transit network integrates every aspect of the transit journey towards maximizing a rider’s happiness on their trip, including on-street infrastructure
d) Convenience: A transit network that services the entire city, is easily understood, and operates when you need it
e) Future Ready: A network which is planned to accommodate existing transit demands and future development
The Foundation: recognizes that a transit service must think broadly about the riders demands for the service and how those demands are accommodated
Pillars of the transit network:
a) The Quick Pillar aims to reduce a rider’s ‘on-bus’ travel time through directness of travel, layover time, bus stop spacing, and road characteristics
b) The Frequent Pillar is placed at the centre because of its importance to Barrie’s Transit riders, allowing riders to travel when they want to go, reducing wait times at the bus stop and transfer points, providing riders the freedom to change their plans, and enhancing the trust of the route by reducing the wait time
“By the end of 2022, Barrie will potentially have new urban areas (secondary lands), a new mobility hub (Allandale), and new transit-on-demand zones. These events could require minor adjustments to routes and/or schedules as service opportunities/issues arise to meet the needs of our riders,” reads the report.
“Furthermore, the Allandale Hub project route changes may require minor schedule/route adjustments during the transition period to improve the service for the riders. More significant transit service changes or enhancements, such as the Allandale Hub route changes or enhancements, will still require council approval prior to implementation.”
Committee is also scheduled to view a presentation on Barrie Transit’s vision and an update on the transit-on-demand experience.