POINT EDWARD, Ont. — The Blue Water Bridge will commence the use of dedicated lane and booth infrastructure for FAST members Jan. 5.
The joint U.S./Canadian Customs and Immigration program offers expedited clearance to pre-authorized importers, carriers and drivers through “designated lanes.”
FAST-approved carriers will be able to use designated lanes on Highway 402 as they approach the bridge and a designated lane on the bridge itself direct to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection FAST primary booth.
Designated lanes and booths will also be available for trucks entering Canada.
During periods of high truck volume and congestion on Highway 402, a FAST approved truck, instead of waiting in line, will be able to bypass the queue of non-FAST trucks using the left lane directly to the toll booth and across to the Michigan side.
The Blue Water Bridge Authority (owners and operators of the Canadian portion of the crossing) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (owner/operators of the U.S. portion) have dedicated resources including new variable message signs on the bridge in order to ensure its’ success.
A “FAST/EXPRESS” placard has been developed and is currently being made available at no cost to the carrier by the Blue Water Bridge to importers (shippers) who are eligible for the FAST program through their C-TPAT certification. FAST-approved carriers must display these placards on their approach to the bridge in order for law enforcement and bridge staff to confirm that the truck is indeed FAST-approved.
For more information on the FAST program at the Blue Water Bridge please contact Stan Korosec, Vice President/Operations Blue Water Bridge Authority by phone at (519) 336-2720 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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