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Blue Water Bridge, Truck Queue at Primary Inspection Oct 22; photo courtesy of Michigan Dept of Transportation Welcome to the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) U.S./Mexico Border Planning Website! The site is intended to help you learn about the activities and accomplishments of the U.S./Mexico Joint Working Committee on Transportation Planning (JWC). Here you will find information about the JWC's efforts to analyze, develop, and coordinate plans and programs that reflect the border transportation needs of both countries.

Who We Are

The JWC is a binational group whose primary focus is to cooperate on land transportation planning and the facilitation of efficient, safe, and economical cross-border transportation movements. The group is comprised of transportation professionals from FHWA and the Mexican Secretariat of Communication and Transportation (SCT). In addition to FHWA and SCT, the members of the JWC include representatives from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Relations (SRE), the four U.S. border state Departments of Transportation (DOT), and the six Mexican border States. The General Services Administration (GSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security also participate in JWC meetings.

Click here to find out more about JWC members, including contact information.

What We Do

The JWC promotes effective communication concerning transportation planning between U.S.-Mexico Border States and works to develop a well-coordinated land transportation planning process along the border. Among other efforts, the JWC works to:

  • Establish methods and procedures to analyze current and future transportation infrastructure needs;
  • Evaluate transportation demand and infrastructure impacts resulting from future changes in land transportation traffic.

How We Began

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada, and Mexico entered into force on January 1, 1994. In light of the further development of economic and commercial relations associated with the Agreement, the United States and Mexico recognized the need for a well-coordinated transportation planning process along the border.

Accordingly, on April 29, 1994, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the SCT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing the JWC. A second binational MOU was signed in October 2000. This MOU reinforced the working relationship developed over the years and provided direction for the group in the future.

To provide feedback, suggestions, or comments for this page contact Sylvia Grijalva at sylvia.grijalva@dot.gov

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