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U.S./Canada Border Transportation Planning

photo of trucks crossing the Blue Water Bridge

Blue Water Bridge, Truck Queue at Primary Inspection.
Photo courtesy of Michigan Dept of Transportation (Blue Water Bridge Plaza Study CD)

Growing travel and trade between the United States and Canada make border crossings a key contributor to our Nation's economic health. Recognizing the value of cross-border travel and trade, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is working with its State, Federal, and international partners to ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods across borders. With its counterparts in Canada, FHWA has created the U.S.-Canada Transportation Border Working Group (TBWG) to cooperate on addressing the challenges of improving mobility and security at land border crossings.  In October 2000, Transport Canada and the U.S. Department of Transportation concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation that highlighted the importance of coordinating closely on transportation initiatives along the Canada-U.S. border. The Memorandum cited the need for "increasing the degree and speed of communication" between both departments, and stressed the importance of "meeting more regularly to conduct information exchanges and discuss issues of mutual concern."

Out of this spirit, the Canada-U.S. Transportation Border Working Group (TBWG) was formed during January 2001. Its core membership includes federal, state and provincial departments of transportation from both sides of the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Canada Border Services Agency. As well, Foreign Affairs Canada and the U.S. Department of State participate, as do other partners, such as regional planning organizations. Canadian provinces and U.S. northern border states are partners in this forum, and attend meetings at their discretion. Transport Canada and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration co-chair the TBWG.

Please visit the TBWG web site to learn more.

Updated: 12/03/2012
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