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    Border delays concern Niagara Falls councillor

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Wayne Thompson got a first-hand look Sunday at delays being experienced by motorists crossing into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge.

    “They were lined up for two, three blocks back on both sides,” Thomson said. “It was unbelievable.”

    While it took him just 20 minutes to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he faced a 90-minute wait up his return to Canada.

    He said that while he holds a NEXUS card and normally would use the Whirpool Bridge to cross into Niagara Falls, N.Y., he was with his grandson, who isn’t a cardholder.

    “We had to drive over the Rainbow Bridge and it was loaded,” he said.

    Border mayors want feds to resolve bridge delays

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara’s three border mayors plan to write a letter this week calling on the federal government to address the traffic backups that have been a frequent problem at bridges into Canada this summer.

    “We’re all feeling the pain. It’s very frustrating,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati, adding counterpart mayors in the U.S. are equally frustrated.

    Diodati said he has heard from people that it has taken them more than an hour to come back to Canada on Niagara’s bridges. He said even at the Whirlpool Bridge, which is a Nexus-only crossing, it took motorists half an hour to come into Canada Saturday.

    Life in the fast lane: Should I get a NEXUS card?

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    I’ve been travelling a lot lately. Is the NEXUS card worth it for driving between the United States and Canada? – Jane in Niagara Falls, Ont.

    Many of us have sat, in the bumper-to-bumper exhaust haze at a backed-up border crossing, watching other vehicles zip through the NEXUS lane.

    However, for $50, relief could be yours. Any citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States can apply for a NEXUS pass. The process takes about six weeks and, if you’re approved (after risk assessment and interviews by border protection officials of both countries), the pass is valid for five years.

    More than 100K NEXUS cards issued in Niagara area

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    From the Associated Press (via the New Jersey Herald):

    More than 100,000 NEXUS cards have been issued in the Buffalo-Niagara region to speed border crossings.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a youth hockey player from Niagara Falls, Ontario became the 100,000th NEXUS cardholder on Friday. An event was held to celebrate the milestone. Buffalo Sabres mascot Sabretooth and team announcer Rick Jeanneret presented 13-year-old Seth Hollett with a Sabres sweater.

    Nexus Use on the Rise

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Border crossings in Niagara using Nexus now account for 12% of all bridge traffic according to the local bridge authorities.

    The agencies that manage the four bridges in the region put out a press release Tuesday saying a campaign to get more Nexus users in the first half of 2012 was a success.

    According to traffic data collected from the Lewiston-Queenston, Whirlpool, Rainbow and Peace bridges from January until June, 675,000 crossings were made using Nexus. That’s up from 550,000 over the same time in 2011.

    “These are very positive numbers and it speaks to all the outreach we’ve been doing,” said Matthew Davidson, the director of communications for the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority. “I think it shows there’s a growing appetite for Nexus membership in our region both on the Canadian and American side of the border.”

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