Border Crossing Tips for Sabres Fans

September 30, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM EDT

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Border Crossing Tips for Sabres Fans

September 30, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/PBA) - The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) released the following tips for travelers crossing the border for Sabres games.

The Authority is expanding the NEXUS program service lane hours during Sabres home games. The current hours of operation for NEXUS are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Following all Buffalo Sabres home games (beginning October 9, 2010), NEXUS will now remain open until approximately 12:00 a.m. each evening.

“We wish the Sabres good luck in the 2010-2011 season and look forward to another division championship campaign and beyond,” said PBA Chairman Ken Schoetz. “As roughly 20 percent of Sabres ticket holders reside in Southern Ontario, it is extremely important that we educate hockey fans on the benefits of NEXUS and how to properly cross the border in the most efficient manner.”

“Nobody wants to miss the puck drop or get home late because of border congestion,” said PBA Vice Chairman Anthony Annunziata. “That is why the Authority is pleased to once again partner with the Buffalo Sabres and CBSA to promote expedited NEXUS processing and extended hours for these services.”

In addition to NEXUS program enrollment, the following tips have a noted track-record of making border crossing a more efficient and therefore enjoyable experience for regular and infrequent travelers alike:
 Enroll in E-ZPass to help significantly expedite your border crossing. To learn more, visit www.pbaezpass.com/.
 Visit mobile.peacebridge.com on your web-enabled mobile device or call 1-800- 715-6722 to obtain wait times for Buffalo/Niagara Region international crossings, including the Peace Bridge. These updates are revised hourly.
Prior to arriving at the U.S. border have proper identification ready to present to Customs officers. Such documents include: Enhanced Driver’s licenses, Enhanced Non-Driver Identification, FAST Cards, NEXUS Cards, Permanent Resident Cards, Passports, and U.S. Passport Cards for travelers 16 years of age and older, and birth certificates, naturalization certificates, or Canadian citizenship cards which are acceptable forms of identification for most children 15 years of age and younger. For more information regarding entering the United States visit www.peacebridge.com/identification.php; or for identification
requirements for entering Canada visit http://cbsa.gc.ca/security-securite/admiss-eng.html.
 If traveling with children who are not part of your immediate family, obtain and carry a parental note of permission regarding cross-border travel. The note should include each child’s parental contact information and telephone numbers.
 If traveling with children who are not part of your immediate family, obtain and carry a parental note of permission regarding cross-border travel. The note should include each child’s parental contact information and telephone numbers.
 Other than essential luggage, empty your trunk before the trip. Additional belongings in your car may add time to your crossing, as Customs officers may perform a visual inspection of the belongings in your car.
 Turn off radios and cell phones when approaching Customs inspection booths and speaking with officers.
 Remember to roll down the window, remove sunglasses, and make eye contact with Customs officers.
 Be sure to declare all fruits, vegetables, plants and plant products, animals, birds, eggs, meat and meat products, as well as items acquired for personal use.
 Avoid horseplay and do not fool around. Customs officers on both sides of the border are law enforcement officials who take their duties very seriously. Approach inspection booths slowly and follow signage instructions.
 Be patient. Customs officers are responsible for protecting our nations’ borders and public safety.
 Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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