Table 4.2 Gateways with the Longest Average Wait Times for Personal Vehicles Entering the United States from Canada and Mexico: 2003–2004
with the Longest Average Wait Times for Personal Vehicles Entering the United
States from Canada and Mexico: 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|
|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|
|Average (all United States-Canada Gateways)||7.5||5.9|
|United States–Mexico Border|
|San Ysidro, California||42.3||36.1|
|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|
|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.