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Border Infrastructure Coordination Subcommittee

Many different entities own, operate, and maintain land border crossings on the Canada-U.S. border, and the rail and highway systems that serve them.  Furthermore, trade and traffic data at border crossings, and within bi-national trade corridors, is collected by a multitude of agencies on both sides of the border.  As a result, different kinds of information on border crossings is spread across a host of interested partners, such as customs agencies, federal departments, provinces and states. What is more, with a multitude of interested partners, infrastructure projects along the border have not always been advanced in a coordinated manner. 

In the Spring of 2002, the TBWG formally recognized the need to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of border crossing facilities and of the scope of potential improvements at, or in support of, international crossings between the U.S. and Canada, and put forth an effort to assemble all pertinent border information in a single place.  The New York State Department of Transportation, with the assistance of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, agreed to lead a Subcommittee of TBWG members to undertake this effort.  In 2003, the Subcommittee produced the first version of the Border Crossing Database

The 2003 Compendium contains port descriptions (e.g. ownership, physical layout, annual traffic data, etc.) as well as current information on on-going, planned and proposed infrastructure projects at border crossings, including their approaches.  The Compendium focused on ports of entry with dedicated commercial operations or significant non-commercial traffic. 

At the Fall 2004 TBWG plenary meeting in Calgary, the Compendium Subcommittee (now the Border Infrastructure Coordination Subcommittee) met to take stock of the project and to discuss next steps.  Subcommittee members agreed that the project was worth pursuing further, and could be improved and updated throughout 2005.  Transport Canada agreed to undertake the leadership of the Subcommittee work.  Subcommittee members proceeded to enhance the crossing descriptions with commodity and other new data, and all information was updated to 2004.  The result is an on-line Border Infrastructure Compendium that provides a full picture of the busiest Canada-U.S. commercial land border crossings. 

In 2007, the Compendium was expanded to include all Canada-U.S. land border crossings. Data collection continues with regard to border crossing information and border infrastructure projects.  In 2012 the Compendium was renamed the Border Crossing Database (BCD).

In spring 2013 the first Canada – U.S. Border Infrastructure Investment Plan (BIIP 1.0) was issued, focusing on the five Canadian and four U.S. Initial Priority border crossings noted in the 2011 Canada – U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan. The BIIP is intended to be a tool for improving binational border infrastructure planning and increasing transparency and is to be renewed regularly. The BIIP was prepared by Transport Canada, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with input from provinces, states and border operators directly and through the TBWG.

In February 2015 the second Border Infrastructure Investment Plan (BIIP 2.0) was issued and posted on the Transport Canada and U.S. Department of Homeland Security websites. The BIIP 2.0 covers all Canada - U.S. land border crossings.  

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For further information contact the Co-Leads:

Sarah Hampel, Transport Canada (sarah.hampel@tc.gc.ca)

Chris Dingman, U.S. Federal Highway Administration (Christopher.dingman@dot.gov)