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Cars and DrivingCars and Driving<p>Simcoe County is the second largest county in Ontario based upon physical size. The types of communities in Simcoe County vary from urban to rural and farmland, and are connected to each other by roadways. Travelling by car is important in Simcoe County because <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=484b7e38-2aa2-460a-a430-172adb04c57e&TermSetId=9072d593-bdd3-4146-9084-121d630c8dbd&TermId=8d983656-b620-49b0-a277-97c556902bf3" target="_blank">public transit </a>is not available in all areas of Simcoe County.</p><p>If you live in Ontario and want to drive, you must meet the following criteria:</p><ul><li>Have a valid Ontario driver's licence and carry it with you when driving</li><li>Have a valid owner's permit, licence plate and automobile insurance</li><li>Obey the traffic laws and drive safely.</li></ul><p>The process to get a driver's licence depends on if you are a new driver, or if you have had a driver's licence before. The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) is the government department that controls driver's licences and vehicle registration in Ontario. You will need to show approved identity documents and pay a fee. In all cases, you have to go to a Driver Examination Centre.</p><h2>If you already have a driver's licence</h2><p>If you have a driver's licence from another country, you may be able to exchange it for an Ontario driver's licence. Click here for more information from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation about <a href="http://www.ontario.ca/driving-and-roads/exchange-foreign-drivers-licence" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">how to switch a driver's license from another province, state or country for an Ontario driver's licence</font></a>. </p><h2>If you are a new driver</h2><p>If you don't already have a driver's licence, you will have to apply for an Ontario driver's licence. Ontario has a graduated licensing system, which means there is a process to follow to get a full licence. The process includes passing a knowledge test and two road tests.  </p><p>Here are some links to learn more information about in Ontario:</p><ul><li>Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO): <a href="http://www.ontario.ca/driving-and-roads/driving-and-roads" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Driving and Roads in Ontario</font></a></li><li>Settlement.org: <a href="http://www.settlement.org/sys/faqs_detail.asp?k=TRANS_DL&faq_id=4000121" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Getting an Ontario driver's licence</font></a></li><li>DriveTest Ontario: <a href="https://www.drivetest.ca/licences/licence-exchanges/licence_exchange.html" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Out of Country Drivers</font></a> </li></ul>
Public TransitPublic Transit<p style="text-align:justify;">There are public transit services available in some areas of Simcoe County, including Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach. The cost for riding the public bus varies in each community.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;line-height:115%;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"><em>The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</em></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0" style="height:476px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;"><strong>Local Public Transportation</strong> ​</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><p><strong>Barrie Transit</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone</strong><strong>  </strong>Transit Information 705-739-4209<br><strong>TTY </strong>(705) 792-7910 <br><strong>Website  </strong><a href="http://www.barrie.ca/Living/Getting%20Around/BarrieTransit/Pages/Information.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.barrie.ca/btransit</font></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Collingwood Bus Service</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone</strong>  705-446-1196<br><strong>Website</strong>  <a href="http://www.collingwood.ca/transit" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.collingwood.ca/transit</font></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Midland Transit Service</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone</strong>  705-526-4275<br><strong>TTY</strong> 705-526-4276 ext.2824<br>Website  <a href="http://www.midland.ca/Pages/transit.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.midland.ca/Pages/transit.aspx</font></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Orillia Transit</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone</strong>  705-326-8300 <br><strong>Website</strong>  <a href="http://www.orillia.ca/en/livinginorillia/publictransit.asp" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.orillia.ca/en/livinginorillia/publictransit.asp</font></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Wasaga Beach Transit</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone</strong>  Georgian Coach Lines 705-429-7700<br><strong>Toll Free</strong> Georgian Coach Lines 1-888-429-7776<br><strong>Website</strong> <a href="http://www.wasagabeach.com/transit" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc"> www.wasagabeach.com/transit</font></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><a href="http://www.wasagabeach.com/transit.index.gk"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;">The Government of Ontario Transit service (GO Transit) operates commuter trains and buses. These trains connect from areas of Simcoe County with municipal transit systems in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, including the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). In many areas of Simcoe County, people commute to Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) on a daily basis.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visit the <a href="http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/travelling/newtogo.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">GO Transit website</font></a> for more information or call Toll-free:</p><p style="text-align:justify;">1-888-438-6646</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">There are other public transit options for commuting to Toronto and the GTA daily, including the Greyhound or Northland bus system. Contact the local bus station for more information about routes and schedules.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN" style="color:#444444;line-height:115%;font-family:"verdana", "sans-serif";font-size:10pt;"><em>The information listed below was provided by 211 Community Connection.</em></span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-6" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableHeaderRow-6"><th class="ms-rteTableHeaderEvenCol-6" colspan="2" style="width:50%;"><strong>Public Transit Non-Local Travel</strong> ​</th></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Barrie Bus Terminal </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone</strong><strong>  </strong>705-739-7400<br><strong>Website</strong> <a href="http://www.barrie.ca/Living/Getting%20Around/Pages/GoTransit.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.barriebusterminal.com</font></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>First Canada, Barrie Office, Greyhound Canada</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone </strong>705-737-0330<br><strong>Toll Free</strong> 1-800-661-8747<br><strong>Website</strong> <a href="http://www.greyhound.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.greyhound.ca</font></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Getaway Coach Lines, Midland</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><p><strong>Phone </strong>705-526-2218<br><strong>Website </strong><a href="http://www.midlandtours.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.midlandtours.com/</font></a></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Go Transit Bus and Train Service</strong> </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone</strong> 416 869-3200<br><strong>Toll Free</strong> 1 888 438-6646<br><strong>TTY</strong><strong> </strong>1 800 387-3652<br><strong>Website</strong> <a href="http://www.gotransit.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.gotransit.com</font></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Greyhound Canada, Collingwood Office</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone</strong> 705-445-7095<br><strong>Toll Free</strong> 1-800-661-8747<br><strong>Website</strong> <a href="http://www.greyhound.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.greyhound.ca</font></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-6"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-6"><strong>Ontario Northland/Greyhound</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-6"><strong>Phone </strong>705-326-4101<br><strong>Toll Free </strong>1-800-461-8558 <br><strong>TTY </strong>1-866-472-3865<br><strong>Website </strong><a href="http://www.ontc.on.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">www.ontc.on.ca</font></a></td></tr></tbody></table><p>​</p>
TaxisTaxis<p>If there is no public transit or you need to go somewhere quickly, you can hire a taxi or cab. These are cars with a lighted roof sign. To find a taxi, check the local Yellow Pages directory under "Taxis" or by searching the Yellow Pages online at <a href="http://www.yellowpages.ca/" target="_blank"><font color="#0066cc">Yellowpages.ca</font></a>.</p><p>You can call a taxi company and ask them to pick you up at your address at a specific time. When you get inside the taxi, beside the driver you will see a meter, which displays a minimum charge.</p><p>​</p>