On May 19, 2010, the United States and Mexico affirmed the importance of our shared border by issuing a Joint Declaration on 21st Century Border Management. An efficient border that encourages commerce and deters criminal activities is a key component of our bilateral cooperation and the prosperity of the United States and Mexico in the 21st century. Some $1.25 billion in two-way trade and nearly one million people cross our land border each day for legitimate trade and travel.
The day-to-day work under this Joint Declaration is guided by the binational Executive Steering Committee and carried out by the Corridor Security, Secure Flows, and Infrastructure subgroups.
Border Wait Time Studies
Sharing a common goal of facilitating the legitimate flow of traveler and trade across our shared border, the U.S.-Mexico Joint Working Committee for Transportation (JWC) is conducting several projects to measure truck crossing and delay time at major U.S. land ports of entry. The projects have identified and evaluated technologies that 1) can easily and precisely measure vehicle crossing time, 2) are readily transferable to other ports of entry, and 3) can also measure passenger vehicle crossing time.
The result is a real-time international border crossing travel time system prototype. In addition to real-time information, the project serves as a valuable data source for several other important activities: 1) estimating the economic impact of border crossing delay and potential improvements; 2) validating dynamic cross-border traffic assignment models; 3) evaluating operational changes; and 4) long-range planning for transportation.
For more information, please visit the Border Crossing Information System website.