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: http://smiley.nmsu.edu/SparcWebsite/BGIS2/.
- 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.
- 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)
- A Report to the Arizona Department of Transportation - Forecast and Capacity Planning for Nogales' Ports of Entry (October 2010)
- 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.
- 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.
- "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 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
Calexico East Port of Entry between Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja California. (Source: FHWA)
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