City partners with school transit consortium to better serve younger riders

City Hall, in a partnership with Barrie Transit and the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium, is launching a pilot program designed to integrate transit services to better serve younger riders.
The program is called the Barrie Transit Field Trip Pass, council was informed in a memorandum from Taylor Green, transit compliance specialist. It “aims to offer ten (10) elementary schools the opportunity to use the system in a safe and educational manner,” writes Green.
“Teachers and students go on field trips throughout the school year but must be cognizant of travel costs to both their respective (boards) and families. Charter bus bookings can add up to significant expenses and vehicle availability may limit their mobility options. By partnering with the (school boards), the City will be able to widen the scope of our existing trip/travel planning programs, promote new ridership over the long term, as well as increase the awareness and provide opportunities for greater utilization at City facilities.”
The program begins Dec. 1 and runs through the end of the 2018/19 school year. Each school will receive three field trip passes each. Each pass will be valid for unlimited travel for 30 students and five adults. Multiple passes can be combined to accommodate additional students/teachers/chaperones, reads the memo.
The schools are: Allandale Heights, Ardagh Bluffs, Emma King, Monsignor Clair, St. John Vianney, St. Monica’s, Steele St, WC Little, West Bayfield, and Willow Landing.
Read the full memo here.