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Customs Taking Applications for NEXUS Program

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – US and Canadian Customs are accepting applications for NEXUS -- a new border crossing program.

Commuters can sign up at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo and Fort Erie. Peace Bridge port director Marc Hurteau says NEXUS pre-approves low-risk travelers through customs at border crossings.

"What they will be able to do is use a dedicated lane where they will be able to show a proximity card that we issue," Hurteau explained. "They will use a special lane where usual custom and immigration questions will not have to be asked."

The first dedicated NEXUS lane is expected to open on the Peace Bridge in January. Then in the Spring of 2003, NEXUS lanes will open on the Lewiston-Queenston and Rainbow Bridges in Niagara Falls.

The applications cost $50. NEXUS commuter cards are good for five years.