Supporting the economic development of both Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, the Paso del Norte (PDN) Bridge is one of the busiest border pedestrian crossings between Texas and Mexico. Over the last several years, pedestrian traffic has decreased significantly, partially due to long wait times at border crossings. For instance, the PDN served almost 7.3 million northbound pedestrians in 2002 but only 3.8 million northbound pedestrians in 2011. (Read the Featured Project Page)
Since 2009, TTI’s Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research (CIITR) has studied freight activities of U.S.-Mexico POEs in Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Using data from the Trans-Border Surface Freight Database of the U.S. Bureau of Transportation, CIITR researchers have identified trends and quantified variations in freight movement across the border. (Read the Featured Project Page)
Researchers with TTI’s Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research and the Coalición Empresarial Pro Libre Comercio have identified reasons why companies sometimes choose not to join trusted shipper programs. Generally speaking, recommendations for increasing membership involve program champions. Learn more in the project factsheet.
An article in The El Paso Times recently announced that plans for a freight shuttle connecting El Paso,Texas and Ciudad Juarez are now underway. The project should take 6-8 months, due to investigating and planning, and the proposed site of the actual facility is the Zaragoza Bridge. (Link to newspaper story)