Figure 4.2 Gateways with the Longest Average Wait Times for Personal Vehicles on the United States-Canada Border: 2003-2004

Figure 4.2
Gateways with the Longest Average Wait Times for Personal Vehicles on the United States-Canada Border: 2003-2004

(Minutes)

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  2003 2004
BlainePeace Arch, WA 21.1 13.7
Buffalo/Niagara FallsLewiston Bridge, NY 7.8 10.0
BlainePacific Highway, WA 11.5 9.1
Champlain, NY 4.1 7.5
Sumas, WA 6.4 7.0
Port HuronBluewater Bridge, MI 7.7 6.7
Buffalo/Niagara FallsRainbow Bridge, NY 3.6 6.2
Buffalo/Niagara FallsPeace Bridge, NY 5.5 5.9
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 8.0 5.8
Sweetgrass, MT 8.1 4.9
Average (all United States-Canada Gateways) 7.5 5.9

NOTE: Wait times for personal vehicles are recorded hourly. The selected gateways are the top 10 gateways sorted by longest 2004 average incoming wait time for the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders. Average wait time is the average for 56 crossings on the Canadian and Mexican borders. Average daytime wait times for delays that occur between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm were calculated for personal vehicles. This is generally the busiest portion of the day and representative of typical delays encountered by the majority of vehicles. Wait times can, however, vary considerably by crossing, time of day, and day of the week and the actual delays that occur on occasion may be substantially longer than the averages represented above.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, personal communication, April 2005.