UPDATE (October 14): We asked the City of Ottawa about the details behind the new bus route that’s being at least partially funded by Tanger Oulets.
Here’s what Mikael Leroux, Acting Assistant General Manager, Customer Systems & Planning for the City of Ottawa, told us:
- Tanger Outlets is the first example of a major retailer in Ottawa who is funding transit service to their location.
- How much will Tanger be paying? It’s complicated. Tanger and RioCan will share the costs to pay Ottawa for the new Route 196 service. They’re responsible for all costs associated with the service, but their bill will be off-set in part by fare revenue received.
- “This service is an early servicing agreement which is scheduled to run, at this time, until December 21, 2015, at which point the demand is expected to meet the City of Ottawa’s service standards,” says Leroux. In other words, once ridership reaches a high enough threshold, Tanger/Riocan would stop contributing to the cost for the service.
(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)
New OC Transpo service to Tanger Outlets mall in Kanata will be available seven days a week.
Currently, Route 96A is providing weekday service to Tanger Outlets every 30 minutes. Connections to Route 96A can be made downtown, along the Transitway and in Stittsville.
For weekday late evening and weekend service, new Route 196 will be available starting Friday, October 17. Funded by Tanger Outlets, Route 196 will provide a connection between Terry Fox Station and Tanger Outlets every 30 minutes during weekday late evenings and weekends.
Monday to Friday
- Route 96A will provide service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Route 196 will provide service from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Route 196 will provide service from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Route 196 will provide service from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tanger Outlets is scheduled to open on Friday, October 17.