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The U.S. and Canada Launch New Technology to Track Wait Times in the Niagara Region

Release Date: 
July 17, 2012

Niagara - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transport Canada announced today the installation of new technology at the Peace and Queenston-Lewiston Bridges to facilitate the flow of travel between the two countries. This innovative sensor technology, installed near customs plazas and approach roads, automatically measures and transmits electronically the wait time data to the CBP border wait time website and will provide travelers with near real-time delay information.

"This technology demonstrates significant progress on behalf of the Beyond the Border Action Plan by updating critical infrastructure at our ports and enhancement of the border-crossing experience for travelers," said Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner David Aguilar. "This latest example of US-Canadian collaboration demonstrates our nations' partnership to ensure continued economic competitiveness."

This project was completed in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada.

On February 4, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border Declaration, articulating a shared vision in which our countries work together to address threats at the earliest point possible while facilitating the legitimate movement of people, goods and services across our shared border. The Action Plan, released on December 2011, outlines the specific steps our countries intend to take to achieve the security and economic competitiveness goals outlined in the Beyond the Border Declaration.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.