July 13, 2020

Local MPs say today’s federal funding announcement is great news for Barrie transit riders

Today’s $16 million federal funding investment in five public transit infrastructure projects in the
City of Barrie is terrific news for residents and businesses.
With a commitment from all three levels of government, Barrie will be able to move forward with
plans to build a new transit hub in the growing south end of the city, improve the downtown
transit terminal and replace the aging fleet of buses.
“I called on the government and Minister Catherine McKenna back in February asking that this
funding for the City of Barrie be approved, so that plans for a reliable and efficient public transit
system can move forward,” said John Brassard, Member of Parliament, Barrie-Innisfil.
“This major expansion will better connect riders using city buses and GO trains. I’m pleased
today to see that the government has acted on our request to invest in our city.”
Along with new transit stations, replacing 30 conventional buses and 21 specialized para-transit
buses for people with disabilities will improve service for thousands who depend on reliable
transit options – many to get to work and home each day.
“Many of the elements of these new projects, such as relocating the transit hub, were approved
when I was a member of The City of Barrie Council. Having been part of the early development
of this plan, it is so exciting to see it move forward now,” said Doug Shipley, Member of
Parliament, Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.
This is the single largest investment in Barrie’s transit system ever. Cooperative efforts from all
levels of government will go a long way in serving current and future transit needs of Barrie
residents and businesses, while at the same time helping the environment.
John Brassard MP                                        Doug Shipley MP
Barrie-Innisfil                                                 Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte
John.Brassard@parl.gc.ca                           Doug.Shipley@parl.gc.ca
705-726-5959                                               705-726-2596