Border agency seeking shuttles following Ottawa office move


The federal government is looking to set up its own shuttle service in Ottawa due to a lack of transit options for employees of the Canadian Border Services Agency.

The CBSA recently decentralized its offices from downtown Ottawa at 191 Laurier Ave. to 355 North River Rd. in Vanier. A procurement notice looking for shuttle service operators says the feds are looking for a “more convenient” way to transport employees between the offices and subsequently make the new Vanier accommodations “more appealing” to workers.

The notice also states that a lack of public transit services and parking spaces at the new Vanier offices has the feds looking at alternative parking options for border agency employees 1.8 kilometres away at the RCMP’s east-end campus, which would then also be served by the shuttle.

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The tender requires shuttle buses that can accommodate between six and 15 passengers. Shuttles will run for 10 hours daily on 20 minute intervals starting between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.

The contract is for a term of one year with options to extend another four years. The procurement notice did not include a project budget for the service.

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