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Suggestions for quicker border crossings

Peace Bridge, Buffalo, NY
Ashley Hassett
Peace Bridge, Buffalo, NY

By Ashley Hassett

Buffalo, NY – Peace Bridge Border Patrol experts are reminding travelers of some international border crossing tips as we approach the summer season.

U.S. and Canadian Border Patrol are encouraging enrollment of the NEXUS and E-ZPass programs to make for smoother travel.

Traveling light is also encouraged to lessen the border wait times. The Peace Bridge Website now includes a new mobile updating system and Twitter application to make checking for wait times easier.

Peace Bridge Director of Communications Matt Davison said the new technology will allow for a quicker commute.

"We also have web cams available on the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission Website and the peace bridge website, so you can log on and see he back-ups and see what lanes are open. See if both Nexus lanes are operating at that time, so their is a lot of tools you can get to not from your computer, but from your hand-held that is new in the last couple years," said Davison.

Spokesman for the Buffalo field office of Customs & Border Protection Thomas Rusert saod to ensure traveler safety he asks drivers be ready with their passports.

Rusert notes that new mobile technology will allow travelers to learn which bridge locations have the shortest wait times.

"We recommend that you that the lest congested route or the least congested bridge to save time on your travel. It may not be the most obvious route for you, but if you take 15-minutes out of your way it could save you a half hour, 45-minutes on your travel," said Rusert.