Reducing the Domino Effect at LPOEs

by David Salgado Manzano

Travelers at the U.S.-Mexico border are experiencing longer and longer wait times. While NAFTA has proven economically advantageous for both countries—partly by encouraging tourism and trade in border towns—one negative consequence of increased economic activity has been longer lines at land ports of entry (LPOEs). The demand to cross from one country to the other usually exceeds a port’s capacity to efficiently process that traffic. This is particularly true in highly populated, bi-national regions such as El Paso-Ciudad Juarez. [Read more...]

A Well-Informed Community Is a Profitable Community

by Bob Trotter

When you’re a business relying on just-in-time (JIT) inventory systems to meet consumer demand, long wait times at the U.S.-Mexico border can make the difference between profit and loss. What businesses need is a way to predict how long those waits will be so they can optimize their shipping schedules. [Read more...]

Better Understanding Pedestrian Travel on the Paso Del Norte Bridge: Phase 1

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)

Tracking Freight Traffic Trends at the U.S.-Mexico Border

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)

Assessment of Multiple Layers of Security Screening of Trucks by Customs Border Protection in El Paso, Texas

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.

Teens in the Driver Seat

The El Paso region is at the forefront of stopping the number-one killer of teens in America—car crashes. In October 2006, TTI launched its highly successful Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) peer-to-peer driver safety outreach program in El Paso high schools. Approximately 15 high schools in the El Paso area are in varying stages of TDS program deployment. [Read more...]