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Peace Bridge Project Summary

Peace Bridge Project Summary

"As do other border crossing agencies, the Buffalo & Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority seeks efficient border crossings for the traveling public as well as international freight transfer. In FY 1999, FHWA awarded $960,000 from sections 1118/1119 of TEA-21 in FY1999 for this purpose. The Authority used these funds to develop procedures and train personnel to operate a commercial vehicle processing centre (CVPC) at the international border. The CVPC has fully met expectations and has been recognized by peer border agencies and the U.S. Customs Service"

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"PAPS benefits our customers as well as our drivers. It helps us deliver time-sensitive shipments with more certainty and drivers experience less frustration with less delays on the bridge."

Enno Jakobson
Challenger Motor Freight

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"Carrier preparedness is the key to processing efficiency."

Russ Deveso
General Manager of G.W. Burnett, Buffalo, N.Y.
Vice Chair of the New York State Motor Truck Association

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"The Peace Bridge is the Ontario border crossing of choice because of the polite staff and the efficiency of the CVPC."

Mike Fitzgerald
MacKinnon Transport's Carriers

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View of Peace Bridge from the Canadian side. View of Peace Bridge from the Canadian side.
Date: Mid 2000
Aerial view of Peace Bridge and surrounding area. The Buffalo Central Business District can be seen at the top of the photo. Aerial view of Peace Bridge and surrounding area. The Buffalo Central Business District can be seen at the top of the photo.

Inability to expand the US Plaza commercial parking due to lack of space resulted in the CVPC being conceived on the Canadian side where land was available.
Date: Mid 2000

Aerial view of US Plaza in Buffalo NY hemmed in by I-190. Aerial view of US Plaza in Buffalo NY hemmed in by I-190. Olmsted designed historic "Front Park" can be seen in the bottom right corner while dense urban neighborhood housing can be seen in the upper right corner. In the middle of the photo, one can see trucks requiring secondary inspection.
Date: Mid 2000
Commercial vehicles approaching CVPC. Commercial vehicles approaching CVPC.
Date: Mid 2000
Overhead directional signs on the approach leading to CVPC. Overhead directional signs on the approach leading to CVPC.
Date: Mid 2000
Commercial vehicle leaving QEW and entering duty free area before the CVPC turnoff. Commercial vehicle leaving QEW and entering duty free area before the CVPC turnoff.
Date: Mid 2000
US bound commercial traffic on Canadian Plaza next to CVPC entry US bound commercial traffic on Canadian Plaza next to CVPC entry. Photo shows prepared truckers who don't need to stop at CVPC.
Date: Mid 2000
A truck driver completing paperwork. A truck driver completing paperwork. Instructions to help drivers in filling out the paperwork are posted on the walls and phones are available for further help.
Date: Mid 2000
Peace Bridge staff preparing manifest into transfer to U.S. Peace Bridge staff preparing manifest into transfer to U.S. based customs broker who inputs data into the US customs database.
Date: Mid 2000
Customs officer processing PAPS at Primary in U.S. with Barcode reader Customs officer processing PAPS at Primary in U.S. with Barcode reader
Date: Mid 2000
Photo of the exterior of CVPC offices. Exterior of CVPC offices. The building that used to be a strip mall of offices and restaurants was adapted to be the Peace Bridge administrative offices, CVPC and Canadian customs administration.
Date: Mid 2000
Noise walls next to CVPC bound traffic to protect local homes & businesses from commercial truck noise. Noise walls next to CVPC bound traffic to protect local homes & businesses from commercial truck noise.
Date: Mid 2000
Photo showing visitors from ITS America touring the CVPC There is a high degree of national interest among other organizations, this photo shows visitors from ITS America touring the CVPC.
Date: Mid 2000
Barcode reader for PAPS prepared manifests Barcode reader for PAPS prepared manifests
Date: Mid 2000
Updated: 12/03/2012
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