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U.S. - Mexico Joint Working Committee on Transportation Planning

Timeline

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History of Joint Working Committee (JWC) Activities

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Below, you will find a brief history of JWC activities. Most recent activities are listed first.

2017

March

The next U.S.- Mexico JWC meeting will be held in Hermosillo, Sonora on March 29 & 30, 2017.

2016

September

A U.S. - Mexico JWC Meeting was held on September 27 & 28 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

August

U.S. - Mexico Border-Wait Peer Exchange was held on August 26th in San Diego, California.

April

A U.S. - Mexico JWC Meeting was held April 6 & 7, 2016 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

January

On January 20-21, JWC held a Border Infrastructure Finance Workshop in San Diego, California.

2015

September

A U.S. - Mexico JWC Meeting was held on September 9 and 10 in Austin, Texas.

March

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on March 18 and 19 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico.

2014

December

A Canada - U.S. - Mexico Border-Wait Peer Exchange was held on December 9 and 10 in Phoenix, Arizona.

September

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on September 10 and 11 in San Diego, California.

July

A U.S. - Mexico Freight Planning Peer Exchange - Fundamentals of Freight Data Workshop was held on July 29 and 30 in San Diego, California.

March

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on March 5 and 6 in Mexico City, Mexico.

2013

November

A Travel Demand Modeling Workshop was held on November 4 and 5 in San Diego, California.

September

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on September 25 and 26 in Phoenix, Arizona.

May

A Border Finance Workshop was held on May 23 in San Diego, California. The workshop was co-chaired by Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs Susan Kurland of the U.S. Department of Transportation and Under-Secretary Raul Murrieta Cummings of Mexican Secretariat of Communications and Transportation.

April

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on April 17 and 18 in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

2012

September

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on September 20 and 21 in Albuquerque, New Mexio.

March

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on March 14 and 15 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

2011

October

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on October 27 and 28 in San Antonio, Texas.

April

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on April 12 and 13 in Hermosillo, Sonora.

February

A Greening Transportation at the Border Workshop was held on February 23 and 24 in San Diego, California.

2010

September

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on September 21 and 22 in San Diego, California.

February

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on February 23 and 24 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

2009

July

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on July 14 and 15 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2008

December

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on December 2-3 in Tijuana, Baja California.

June

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on June 10-11 in Laredo, Texas.

2007

December

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on December 4-5 in Tampico, Tamaulipas.

May

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on May 22-23 in San Diego, California.

2006

November

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on November 7-8 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

May/June

A U.S. - Mexico JWC meeting was held on May 31st and June 1st in Tucson, Arizona.

April

U.S. - Mexico Regional Innovative Finance Workshop for Border Projects

On April 25, a workshop was held to give regional decision makers an opportunity to receive technical assistance both from a public viewpoint (FHWA/Mexican Secretariat of Communication & Transportation) and a private viewpoint (Ratings agencies/Banks/Developers). Information provided at the workshop will allow state and local government officials in the U.S. and Mexico to develop the scope and operating characteristics of border zone projects in ways that encourage the private sector to consider investing in these projects. Attendees included representatives from FHWA, SCT, Caltrans, SIDUE, SANDAG, ImPLAN, the County of San Diego, and the Municipio of Tijuana.

This workshop is one of the U.S. - Mexico Joint Working Committee's 2005-2007 work program tasks. Similar workshops are envisioned as a continuation of the August 2005 Innovative Finance Conference, which provided information to state and local government decision makers regarding the many public and private financing options available to accelerate critically-needed surface transportation projects. The outcomes of this regional workshop were presented at the May/June 2006 JWC meeting in Tucson, Arizona. Further regional workshops will be hosted and developed as the need arises, with the next workshop tentatively scheduled for late summer/early fall 2006.

Binational Symposium

On April 18-19, the U.S. - Mexico Joint Working Committee on Transportation Planning sponsored a binational symposium in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The goal was to emphasize safety in the planning process and to focus on border-related safety issues. Michael Halladay, Acting Associate Administrator for Safety, FHWA , Dr. Alberto Mendoza Diaz, Transportation Safety and Operations Coordinator of the Instituto Mexicano del Transporte for SCT, and Victor Mendez, Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation, were keynote speakers. They discussed the safety focuses in the United States, Mexico, and Arizona, respectively. The participants agreed that safety required more emphasis along the border. Next steps were identified and working groups will be developed to address the issues identified.

2005

December

VISIT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been directed to implement the U.S. Visitor Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (U.S. VISIT) program at all land ports of entry by December 31, 2005. The U.S. VISIT program will track all entries and exits to and from the United States. According to DHS, the program will collect, maintain, and share information, including biometric identifiers, through a dynamic system, on foreign nationals to determine whether the individual should be prohibited from entering the U.S.; can receive, extend, change, or adjust immigration status; has overstayed or otherwise violated the terms of their admission; should be apprehended or detained for law enforcement action; or needs special protection/attention. Goals of the program are to:

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November

A JWC meeting was held in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico on November 14-16.

August

The Border Finance Conference: Innovative Solutions to Challenges to Financing Border Projects, sponsored by U.S. Department of Transportation and Mexico's Secretariat of Communication and Transport, took place on August 16-18, 2005 in San Antonio, Texas. The objective of the Border Finance Conference was to provide information to state and local government decision makers regarding the many public and private financing options available to accelerate critically-needed surface transportation projects. The conference had an emphasis on the U.S. - Mexico border with applications to both border regions. More than 180 people, representing multilateral, federal, state and local governments, as well as representatives of the public finance and project development sectors, participated in the conference.

May

A JWC meeting was held May 24-25, 2005 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2004

November

A JWC meeting was held November 16-17 in Queretaro, Mexico.

March

A JWC meeting was held March 1-3 in San Antonio, Texas.

2003

July

A JWC meeting was held July 9-11, 2003 in Mexico City.

December

A JWC meeting was held on December 13, 2003 in Baltimore, Maryland to finalize the 2003-2005 Work Plan that incorporated themes from the group's new vision statement and from the 22-point border accord that was executed in March 2002.

2002

May

A JWC meeting was held on May 15 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to discuss the 2003-2005 Work Plan and items incorporating themes from the group's new vision statement and the 22-point border accord that was executed in March 2002.

March

A 22-point plan Border Partnership accord was signed by Santiago Creel, Secretary of Governance, and Colin Powell, Secretary of State. This accord was accompanied by a 22-point plan that outlined specific actions that would be taken to create a smart border for the Twenty First Century, one that embraces technology and enhanced bilateral cooperation to ensure the secure flow of people and goods and the development of a secure and sufficient infrastructure necessary to facilitate the growing trade between Mexico and the United States, to promote legitimate travel across the border, and to protect against crime and terrorism.

2001

June

A JWC meeting was held on June 14-15, 2001 in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico.

December

The JWC held a forum in Phoenix, Arizona. At this forum, a 20-year vision was developed in order to strategically guide the group's future.

A meeting focusing on the progress of the items in the current work plan was also held.

2000

October

U.S. DOT Secretary, Rodney Slater, and Mexican SCT Secretary, Carlos Ruiz, signed a second binational MOU on the JWC on October 12, 2000 at the International Transportation Symposium. This MOU reinforced the working relationship developed over the years and provided direction for the group in the future.

A JWC meeting was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico to discuss the development of the 2001-2003 Work Plan. The 2001-2003 Work Plan includes the Border Infrastructure Needs Assessment Study, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Platform development, and the Coordination System for Operation of Border Ports of Entry study. It also includes Innovative Financing study, Coordination System for Operation of Border Ports of Entry pilot project, Transportation Bottlenecks along the border, and Geographic Information Systems training program.

July

A JWC meeting was held July 20 in San Antonio, Texas.

March

A JWC meeting was held March 27-28 in Mexicali, Baja California Mexico.

1999

December

A JWC meeting was held December 1-2 in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico.

March

A JWC meeting was held March 5 in San Diego, California.

1998

July

July 29, FHWA and SCT held a Symposium on Border Transportation Infrastructure Between the United States and Mexico.

April

April 16-17, the final binational transportation planning study reports were approved at the JWC meeting held in Washington, D.C. The study identified many opportunities for improving planning and operations at the border ports of entry. A key product of the binational study was a databank containing information on trade and traffic flows, socioeconomic data, traffic flows at the ports of entry, and existing and planned border infrastructure improvements.

1994

April

On April 29, 1994 Secretary Peña signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that established the JWC. The JWC initiated a binational transportation planning study intended to establish the framework for binational planning and coordination. This $2.5 million study was jointly funded by the U.S. Border States and the SCT.

Updated: 11/14/2016
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