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    U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer To Canada – Be A Good Neighbor And Add More Border Agents – It’s a Win-Win

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    From NiagaraAtLarge.com:

    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer met with the new Canadian Consul General Phyllis Yaffe and Canadian Ambassador David McNaughton this December 1st and urged them to immediately address staffing issues that are causing long wait times at all international border crossings between Buffalo and Canada including the Peace Bridge.

    Schumer said wait times this past summer got out of control because of a lack of available CBSA agents, and this lack of border agents could cause further delays during the upcoming busy holiday travel season, especially as construction begins on the Peace Bridge, reducing travel to one lane.

    Ottawa urged to address long waits at Niagara border crossings

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    Wait times at Canada’s second-busiest border crossing can stretch to hours, according to mayors and bridge authorities in Ontario’s Niagara Region who are pleading with Ottawa to boost staffing levels to ease the congestion, especially as the busy Peace Bridge prepares to reduce its operating lanes next month.

    Peace Bridge to undergo $80.5M rehabilitation

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    An $80.5-million rehabilitation of the Peace Bridge is scheduled to begin this month.

    It will involve complete replacement of the slab widening of the structure, including the addition of a pedestrian walkway/bikeway and observation platform. Construction will also see structural steel replacement, rehabilitation and strengthening; installation of electrical and fibre infrastructure; and the installation of new architectural traffic-control gantries, railings, and light posts.

    Ron Rienas, general manager of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, said there will be no lane closures during the peak summer travel season.

    “The earliest a lane closure will occur is in mid October,” he said.

    Jeff Gordon’s car makes a pit stop in Fort Erie

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Jeff Gordon’s final career winning stock car made a pit stop in Fort Erie this week.

    Following the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsport Expo held from March 11 to 14 in Toronto, the Hendrick Motorsports transporter, carrying Gordon’s 2015 #24 AARP Member Advantages Chevy SS NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car was transported via the QEW to Fort Erie and across the Peace Bridge for the long trip back home to Charlotte, NC.

    But before the vehicle was transported across the border, transporter driver Kenny Babbert stopped on Sunset Drive at the Canadian Motor Speedway site to meet CMS executive Claire MacSweyn to view the site of the speedway and to ensure the first ever race car on site was driven by Gordon, a four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and CMS track designer.

    Battle over Peace Bridge stokes Canada-U.S. cross-border tension

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    From Canada.com:

    Three U.S. lawmakers have launched a bid to scrap the “dysfunctional” binational agency that has overseen operation of the Peace Bridge between Ontario and New York for nearly a century, part of the escalating fallout from a dispute over planned improvements to the U.S. approach to the crossing that has pitted Canadian board members against their American counterparts.

    The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority — commonly known as the Peace Bridge Authority — and the key international link it has administered since 1923 have been hailed as symbols of the enduring friendship between the U.S. and Canada after the War of 1812, the key battles of which were fought near the present site of the Niagara River bridge that connects Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo, N.Y.

    But that peaceful coexistence has been strained within the PBA boardroom in recent months, with Canada’s five, federally-appointed members and the five U.S. representatives locked in a deepening conflict over a planned, multimillion-dollar upgrade to roads and facilities on American side of the bridge.

    Falls lit for domestic violence month

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    From WIVB channel 4 in Buffalo (includes video):

    Child and Family Services observed a moment of silence Monday night in Niagara Falls to honor all victims and survivors of domestic violence…

    The American and Canadian Falls and the Peace Bridge were lit in purple to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    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.”

    Schumer Puts Shoulder Behind Wheel To Remove Robert Moses parkway

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    The Robert Moses Parkway has long been viewed by some as a “concrete moat” between the city and its riverfront, and thus an impediment to potential economic development.

    But for just as long, its proposed removal has been mired in red tape according Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

    “Sometimes people call it the ‘Peace Bridge’ of Niagara Falls,” Dyster remarked, in reference to the now decade long debate over building a new international border crossing between Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, Ont.

    On Monday, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) came to Niagara Falls to announce his support for the effort to remove the Robert Moses Parkway between John Daly Boulevard and Main Street and replace it with a park road, improving pedestrian access between the city’s South End tourist district and the waterfront, in hopes of sparking economic growth.

    ‘Flexible’ U.S. guards ease border flow

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    From the Toronto Star:

    As cars and trucks breezed across the Peace Bridge to Buffalo this morning, it was shaping up to be a typical Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border despite new documentation requirements coming into effect today.

    Under the new requirements, Canadians will still be allowed across the U.S. border without a passport or enhanced driver’s licence during this summer travel season.

    They’ll just be scolded a little.

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