FORT ERIE, ON, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C.,
Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and
Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced
the installation of new technology at the Peace and Queenston-Lewiston
Bridges to help people cross the border faster.
"Canada and the United States are taking action to promote the safe,
secure and efficient movement of people and goods across the border,"
said Minister Nicholson. "This technology will make cross-border travel
easier and facilitate trade by providing reliable, up-to-date
information to help drivers plan and choose the fastest crossing."
New and advanced sensor technology near customs plazas and approach
roads will measure and report delays, and relay this information to
travellers. People will be able to plan their routes better, time their
crossing, and select the bridge with the best wait-times.
"While driving to the border, we naturally wonder whether it will be
faster to cross at Fort Erie or Queenston," said Minister Nicholson.
"With this new technology, accurate, up-to-the-minute crossing times
will be posted well before you reach the border."
This new system is expected to reduce border wait times for the
travelling public and commercial carriers by up to one million hours
per year. Up-to-date information on the Peace Bridge and
Queenston-Lewiston Bridge websites will help drivers to plan and save
money on fuel by avoiding congestion.
"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
"Freight movement is essential to commerce and a healthy economy," said
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "This technology will help
U.S. businesses move their goods and products more efficiently across
the border to help grow our national economy and create jobs."
This project supports commitments under the Beyond the Border Action
Plan announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President
Barack Obama on December 7, 2011. Under this Plan, Canada and the U.S.
committed to reduce, eliminate and prevent barriers to cross-border
trade and travel and install border wait time measurement technology at
the top 20 land crossings.
The border wait time technology will also:
Help border agencies better manage traffic volume by providing reliable
information for planning purposes.
Ensure more efficient border operations by allowing border agencies to
focus resources on security.
Reduce environmental impacts by decreasing vehicle emissions from border
congestion and delays.
"Border wait time measurement technology will improve accessibility
across the border, increase efficiency at ports and enhance service
levels," said the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. "By
implementing border wait time technology at these ports of entry,
travellers and commercial drivers will receive information to help them
decide when and where to cross the border".
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.
For information on the Peace Bridge, please visit: www.peacebridge.com
For information on the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, please visit: www.niagarafallsbridges.com
SOURCE Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities,
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Quebec,
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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