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US DoT looks for border congestion cures

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is calling on the public and stakeholders to present id...


WASHINGTON, D.C. — US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is calling on the public and stakeholders to present ideas for alleviating border congestion.

“It’s time to put an end to the kind of delays that keep families and businesses at a standstill at our borders,” Peters said.

The US Department of Transportation will accept proposals for “innovative new approaches” for ending border congestion, the department said in a release issued today. At least two projects will be selected for the Canada/US border.

The value of freight shipments across the US borders with Canada and Mexico has surged 170% over the past 20 years, Peters said. It grows an average of 8% per year.

She acknowledged that in 2007, US-bound truck traffic from Canada experienced delays of up to three hours at some border crossings, which costs businesses more than US$14 billion per year.

“We’re looking for solutions to the congestion at our borders that is frustrating individuals and stifling commerce,” acting federal highway administrator Jim Ray added.


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