Table 4.2 Gateways with the Longest Average Wait Times for Personal Vehicles Entering the United States from Canada and Mexico: 2003–2004

Table 4.2
Gateways with the Longest Average Wait Times for Personal Vehicles Entering the United States from Canada and Mexico: 2003–2004

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  2003 2004
United States–Canada Border    
Blaine–Peace Arch, Washington 21.1 13.7
Buffalo/Niagara Falls–Lewiston Bridge, New York 7.8 10.0
Blaine–Pacifi c Highway, Washington 11.5 9.1
Champlain, New York 4.1 7.5
Sumas, Washington 6.4 7.0
Port Huron–Bluewater Bridge, Michigan 7.7 6.7
Buffalo/Niagara Falls–Rainbow Bridge, New York 3.6 6.2
Buffalo/Niagara Falls–Peace Bridge, New York 5.5 5.9
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 8.0 5.8
Sweetgrass, Montana 8.1 4.9
Average (all United States-Canada Gateways) 7.5 5.9
United States–Mexico Border    
San Ysidro, California 42.3 36.1
Nogales–Deconcini, Arizona 27.0 33.0
Nogales–Mariposa, Arizona 21.2 28.6
Calexico–West, California 21.9 25.1
Otay Mesa, California 27.8 24.1
El Paso–Bridge of the Americas (BOTA), Texas 35.4 23.8
San Luis, Arizona 23.9 21.3
Laredo–Bridge II, Texas 16.6 19.4
Laredo–Bridge I, Texas 12.8 18.4
Tecate, California 17.2 17.5
Average (all United States-Mexico Gateways) 14.5 15.1

NOTES: Wait times for personal vehicles are recorded hourly. The selected gateways are the top 10 gateways sorted by longest 2004 average incoming wait times 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.