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U.S.-Mexico border : better planning coordination needed to handle growing commercial traffic

  • 2000-03-01

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      Trade between the United States and Mexico has more than doubled since the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect. Most of this trade crosses the border by truck, and in fiscal year 1998 there were nearly 4 million truck crossings into the United States from Mexico. In addition, an estimated 278 million-351 million people legally crossed the border from Mexico in fiscal year 1998, either as pedestrians or in 85-million passenger vehicles. The communities along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border have provided much of the necessary infrastructure-the roads and bridges-to facilitate truck shipments and the movement of people across the border. The border area was believed to be shouldering a disproportionate share of the costs of increased trade activity and that congestion problems related to expanded traffic were not being adequately addressed. This report provides information and analysis on (1) the nature of commercial truck traffic congestion at the southwest border; (2) the factors that contribute to congestion; and (3) the actions, including programs and funding, that are being taken to address these problems. This report provides a more in-depth analysis of the transportation infrastructure and inspection agency processes than was presented in our July 1999 report. In addition, we are preparing another report that focuses on environmental infrastructure at the border.
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