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Title: Beyond the Border

Beyond the Border Update on Border Wait Time
Measurement Technology  
Border Wait Time Measurement Technology
  • In 2003, B.C. installed the first border wait
    time measurement system using Inductive Loop

Memorandum of Cooperation
  • Between
  • Transport Canada
  • U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • The participants intended to work together to
    identify opportunities for cooperation on
    specific projects and activities that foster the
    use of technology to measure border wait times at
    US-Canada land border crossings by forming a
    Border Wait Time Working Group
  • Signed March 9, 2010

Technology Evaluation Results
  • The Border Wait Time Working Group tested 4
    technologies at the Peace Bridge in Niagara
    Falls, ON and the Pacific Highway Crossing in
    Blaine, B.C.
  • Bluetooth
  • RADAR sensors
  • GPS in Smart Phones
  • Magnetometers
  • Compared against some technology already in
  • Inductive loops
  • GPS on fleet management equipment in trucks
  • Results showed that each crossing/direction/vehicl
    e type has its own challenges and could be
    evaluated independently
  • Loops performed the best for Current Wait Times
  • Bluetooth performed the best for Actual Wait

Beyond the Border A shared vision for perimeter
security and economic competitiveness
  • On February 4, 2011, Prime Minister Harper and
    President Obama announced a shared vision which
    set out joint priorities within four areas of
    cooperation addressing threats early trade
    facilitation, economic growth and jobs
    cross-border law enforcement and critical
    infrastructure and cyber-security
  • On December 7, 2011, President Obama and Prime
    Minister Harper released an Action Plan to
    implement this shared vision
  • a key commitment was to implement a border
    wait-time measurement system at mutually
    determined high priority Canada-United States
    border crossings
  • Canada and the U.S. agreed to implement these
    systems at the top 20 high-priority Canada-U.S.
    land border crossings

20 High-Priority Border Crossing Locations
  • Location selection determined through
  • Truck and car traffic volumes
  • Average wait times
  • Presence of a nearby crossing alternative
  • A

Already completed (6
crossings, bi-national)
New Beyond the Border initiative (14 crossings)
Why Measure Border Wait Time?
  • Through this initiative, real-time wait time
    information would be available to border agencies
    and drivers to make informed decisions, leading
  • Reduced delays at the border
  • Increased efficiency and better management of
    border resources
  • Automated dissemination of wait time data to
    drivers to make informed decisions about where
    and when to cross the border
  • Increased capacity (e.g., increased staffing and
    infrastructure improvements)
  • Useful data that can measure benefits of other
    Beyond the Border initiatives
  • Better information leads to trade facilitation
    and economic growth

Progress to Date
  • Of the top 20 crossings identified, 6 crossings
    have already been instrumented with border wait
    time technology through the Security and
    Prosperity Partnership and other funds
  • British Columbia
  • Peace Arch (Highway 99)
  • Pacific Highway (Highway 15)
  • Aldergrove (Highway 13)
  • Huntingdon (Highway 11)
  • Ontario
  • Fort Erie- Peace Bridge (QEW)
  • Queenston (Highway 405) Pilot Project

  • Producing and disseminating more accurate border
    wait time information
  • Bi-National collaboration
  • Requires significant cooperation between numerous
    federal, provincial and local governments and
    other stakeholders
  • Managing different geographical and technical
    states of readiness at various border crossings
  • Every border crossing is unique (installation on
    both sides of the border, variety of vehicle and
    commodity types)
  • The Border Wait Time Working Group engaged a
    consultant to collect information on
    high-priority crossings, assessed their readiness
    for implementation, and defined actions to move
  • The initiative showed that crossings are at
    varying levels of readiness and provides
    recommendations to help build capacity

  • Border Wait Time systems provide data that feeds
    into border infrastructure investment decisions
    and analyses of Canadas freight movements (e.g.
  • Critical component of Border Gateway strategies
  • Link to Government of Canada priorities
    innovation, digital economy, Regulatory
    Cooperation Council
  • Provides precedent for more bi-national
    connectivity and partnerships

Next Steps
  • Transport Canada is seeking funding approval this
    fall in order to negotiate agreements on wait
    time technology for the remaining fourteen
  • Costs at each site would likely include
    hardware, cabling, software, system integration
    and field equipment
  • Ongoing operations and maintenance costs will be
    the responsibility of the recipient
  • Once funding has been accessed, Transport Canada
    will begin to negotiate funding agreements
  • BWTWG will continue to provide guidance on