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


Tricia Harr
Team Leader, Border & Interstate Planning Team
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
(202) 366-9214

Sylvia Grijalva
U.S. - Mexico Border Planning Coordinator
(602) 510-7986

Studies and Reports

This portal provides access to Port of Entry Projects page, the BGIS Web Mapping Application, and the project GIS data. This data is located on NMSU's Spatial Applications Research Center (SpARC) server:

  • Analysis of Bluetooth Technology to Measure Wait Times of Passenger Vehicles at International Border Crossings (June 2015)
    This report analyzes the feasibility of using Bluetooth to measure passenger vehicles wait times at five ports of entry along the Texas-Mexico border. The study includes recommendations to the stakeholder agencies on the border about which crossings could employ Bluetooth technology to measure border wait times. This study was funded by FHWA and TxDOT as part of implementation of the JWC Work Plan.
  • California/Baja California Pedestrian and Bicycle Border Study (February 2015)
    This report summarizes the results of a year-long study of pedestrian and bicycle transportation access at the California/Baja California Ports of Entry. The report includes an assessment of current conditions and a list of recommendations for improving the border crossing experience for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Commercial Border Crossing and Wait Time Measurement at Laredo World Trade Bridge and the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge (March 2012)
    This report describes the results of research effort that established a baseline and ongoing measurement of border crossing times and delay by measuring travel times for commercial trucks crossing the port of entry (POE) from Mexico into Texas at the Laredo World Trade Bridge and the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge.
  • United States-Mexico Land Ports of Entry Emissions and Border Wait-Time White Paper and Analysis Template (November 2012)
    This report summarizes background research and presents an analysis template for analyzing the emissions from vehicle delay at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border. The analyses template is presented along with two case studies. Results from the case studies identify candidate best practices and performance measures for use as an input during the initial phases of development for projects that alter the border infrastructure or the operational characteristics of the ports of entry.
  • Measuring Border Delay and Crossing Times at the U.S. - Mexico Border Final Report: Automated Crossing and Wait Time Measurement (August 2012)
    This report documents the results of a pilot test that implemented a radio frequency identification (RFID) system to automatically measure travel times of U.S.-bound commercial vehicles at a selected Ports of Entry (POE) on the U.S. - Mexico border under long-term, real-world conditions. This report documents the technology system's stakeholder involvement, planning, design, installation, integration, test and evaluation, and real-world operation as well as lessons learned. The project also developed stand-alone documents to assist future implementers of similar automated RFID-based travel time measurement systems.
  • Laredo District Coahuila/Nuevo León/Tamaulipas Border Master Plan (June 2012)
    This Border Master Plan documents the needs and priorities of the Laredo-Coahuila/Nuevo León/Tamaulipas region. It also recommends a mechanism to ensure coordination on current and planned future projects and supporting transportation infrastructure to serve the anticipated demand imposed by a growing population and an increase in economic activity in the study area.
  • Commercial Border Crossing and Wait Time Measurement at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge Final Report (November 2010)
    This report describes an effort to install and implement radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to measure border crossing time and travel delay for commercial trucks crossing from Mexico into Texas at the Pharr-Reynosa border crossing.
  • Greening Transportation at the Border (September 2011)
    This report presents an overview of green transportation technologies, policies, and initiatives. The report is based on presentations given and discussions held at a workshop on February 23-24, 2011, in San Diego, California. Federal agencies from the United States, Canada, and Mexico sponsored the workshop to discuss opportunities for improvement regarding the greening of transportation at the borders. Approximately 130 people attended the workshop, which focused on the following four border transportation themes:
    • Sustainability and livability;
    • Green financing and industry;
    • Green technology; and
    • Performance measures.
  • Measuring Cross-Border Travel Times for Freight: Otay Mesa International Border Crossing Final Report (September 2010)
    (Otay Mesa Point of Entry Border Wait Time Study)
    This report describes findings from a three-part project initiated by the Federal Highway Administration to measure travel times for trucks through the Otay Mesa international border crossing into the United States. The primary goal of the project was to evaluate the ability of one of two technologies to accurately record travel times through the border zone. The three parts of the study were to:
    • Examine two candidate technologies for installation and testing at the Otay Mesa crossing, and recommend one for testing;
    • Conduct an assessment of the suitability of the selected technology to provide accurate border crossing travel time data; and
    • Gather one-year's worth of travel time data at the crossing to establish a historic database for future use.
  • Public-Private Partnerships Potential for Arizona-Mexico Border Infrastructure Projects (September 2009)
    The purpose of this project was to evaluate and determine the feasibility of using public-private partnerships (P3s) to finance Arizona-Mexico border region infrastructure projects. The potential use of public-private partnerships is being explored due to traditional funding means being insufficient to finance the needed infrastructure improvements for the movement of people and freight through the Arizona-Mexico ports.
  • A Report to the Arizona Department of Transportation - Forecast and Capacity Planning for Nogales' Ports of Entry (October 2010) This document provides the final report of the activities performed under the project Nogales Ports of Entry (POEs) Traffic Study: Forecast and Capacity Planning for Nogales’ POEs. Some of the main activities of this study include:
    • A baseline analysis of the Nogales POEs, Mariposa POE and DeConcini POE.
    • Testing of various model alternatives on the historical data for the different modes of traffic to find the best methods for creating forecasts.
    • Using the chosen models to provide forecasts of border crossings for the next 5, 10 and 15 years into the future; and
    • Creating a simulation model to test the capacity of the Nogales POE given forecasted future traffic demands.

    Text-only version of the complete report

  • California-Baja California Border Master Plan – Plan Maestro Fronterizo California-Baja California (September 2008)
    The California-Baja California Border Master Plan is a binational comprehensive approach to coordinate planning and delivery of projects at land ports of entry (POEs) and transportation infrastructure serving those POEs in the California-Baja California region. The California Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Secretariat of Infrastructure and Urban Development of Baja California (Secretaría de Infraestructura y Desarrollo Urbano del Estado de Baja California or SIDUE) and the U.S. - Mexico Joint Working Committee, retained the San Diego Association of Governments Service Bureau to assist in the development of this Plan.
  • Mariposa Port of Entry Bottleneck Study (October 2008)
    The purpose of this study was to identify bottleneck areas to and from the Mariposa Port of Entry (POE) at Nogales that impact the efficient cross-border movement of goods and recommend low-cost, high-impact solutions. Nogales is the primary port accounting for more than three-quarters (77 percent) of all commercial traffic entering Arizona from Mexico and is one of the country’s largest ports of entry for fruits and vegetables. For this project, a bottleneck is defined as "a condition that restricts the free movement of traffic, creating a point of congestion where demand exceeds capacity for a given length of time." This study employs traffic data collection and analysis to identify the location and nature of bottlenecks that restrict the free flow of people and goods into, and away from, the Mariposa POE.
  • "Bottleneck Study": Transportation Infrastructure and Traffic Management Analysis of Cross Border Bottlenecks (2004)
    This study examines the bottlenecks at the U.S. - Mexico ports of entry (POEs). A bottleneck is defined as a condition that restricts the free movement of traffic, creating a point of congestion during specific periods of time. Addressing and alleviating this congestion in the highway system would enhance movement of people and goods. The study identifies a number of improvements in the operational efficiency and flow of vehicles traveling to and from the land POEs.
  • Binational Border Transportation Infrastructure: Needs Assessment Study (2004)
    This study examines border transportation infrastructure between the United States and Mexico. The focus of the study is the 1,933-mile (3,110 km) border that extends from the Pacific Ocean on the west coast to the Gulf of Mexico the U.S. and Mexico share on the southeast coast. The four U.S. border states are California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The six Mexican border states are Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas.
  • Truck Transportation through Border Points of Entry: Analysis of Coordination Systems (2002)
    This report summarizes findings of a binational study examining stakeholder coordination problems that compromise the efficiency and integrity of the U.S. - Mexico border-crossing process for truck trade. Findings cover analysis of the roles of public and private-sector stakeholders in the border-crossing process; assessment of prevailing coordination systems in place at the border though stakeholder interviews and port-of-entry site visits; identification of the cause and effect of problems resulting from a lack of stakeholder coordination; alternative stakeholder coordination systems; and estimates of the economic impact of coordination alternatives where possible.
  • Binational Planning and Programming Study (1998)

    Costing $2.5 million, this jointly funded study was divided into four phases. Click here to view the products of each phase.

    The study was completed in the Spring 1998 and established a framework for cooperative and coordinated transportation planning along the border. The study results were presented at the Guadalajara Symposium.

    Topical areas addressed by the Binational Planning and Programming Study include:

    • Inventory of Transportation Infrastructure
    • Description of Commercial Vehicle Trade Flow Process
    • U.S. and Mexican Transportation Planning Processes
    • Economic Impacts of U.S. - Mexico Trade
    • Evaluation of U.S. and Mexican Border Area Capabilities to Forecast Expanding Trade
    • Port of Entry Case Studies
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Aerial photo of the U.S. - Mexico border crossing Calexico East Port of Entry between Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja California

Calexico East Port of Entry between Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja California. (Source: FHWA)


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