SURREY, B.C. — Truckers are being warned of long backups at B.C. border crossings over the long weekend and the opening of new Nexus lanes is doing little to help ease congestion.
The U.S.-Canada administered Nexus express lanes for frequent car travellers were expected to help ease congestion at B.C. border crossings but so far they’ve yet to catch on.
Only 2,100 of 25,000 applicants have received their cards and there is a four- to six-week delay in processing.
While the Pacific Highway crossing B.C.’s busiest truck crossing doesn’t feature a southbound Nexus lane, the Peace Arch crossing five minutes away does. Four-wheelers are being urged to head in that direction in hopes some congestion will be taken off the Pacific Highway crossing. There’s also a third Nexus lane opened at the Point Roberts/Boundary Bay crossing, which is only open during peak traffic periods.
On the U.S. side, leaflets are being circulated to waiting drivers to call their congressmen and senators.
"These long lineups can be eliminated by opening one or two more booths. Call now!" urge the fliers.
Throughout the week mid-day waits at the Pacific Highway border crossing were about 90 minutes.
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