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Buffalo picked to test border wait time project

Posted at 9:27 AM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 09:27:49-05

Buffalo has been selected as one of three sites nationwide to test a program aimed at reducing wait times at U.S. border crossings.

Congressman Brian Higgins made the announcement on Wednesday that tolls for commercial vehicles will automatically be collected through a new system that will be implemented as a result of President Barack Obama's 2017 federal budget.

"Our Western New York economy relies on the efficient flow of goods and people across our international border but constrained infrastructure combined with outdated technology is choking opportunity," said Higgins. "This project, set for implementation in Buffalo this year, is yet another way for us to build efficiency and predictability at the border."

Currently, some tolls are collected automatically from commercial vehicles that use a transponder, but Higgins says those that do not have the device, cause significant delays.