Border Policy Research Institute studies border traffic at Pacific Highway crossing

Published on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 by Kara Furr

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The Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) housed at Western Washington University has received $19,160 to fund its study of northbound border traffic at the Pacific Highway border crossing in Blaine.

The multi-year study is an effort to improve the flow of trucks into Canada. In collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Canada Border Services Agency, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, Washington State Department of Transportation and Whatcom Council of Governments, the BPRI collected information on the time it took trucks to cross the border and constructed a model of traffic and wait times.

Mark Springer, professor of decision sciences at WWU, created a computer simulation of traffic flow through the border crossing that will be used to analyze various traffic scenarios.

A similar study monitoring southbound traffic at the border crossing was done in 2011, resulting in a rearrangement of lanes that reduced delays.

For more information on this project and the BPRI, visit