USCBP allowed our institute to gather field data during during phase 1 of the truck facilitation pilot projects launched pursuant to the "Beyond the Border Action Plan." This article summarizes our findings, and a more thorough discussion of our efforts can be found in a Technical Memorandum also posted on this website.
The "Beyond the Border" effort includes a goal of deploying wait-time systems at the 20 busiest crossings, but progress has been slow. Meanwhile, a system has been active at the Cascade Gateway for over a decade, and lessons related to that system's success could be of use in other regions.
In summer 2013 the BPRI collaborated with the Whatcom Council of Governments to interview 10,000+ drivers, seeking to understand travel patterns and purposes within the Cascade Gateway. Another round of interviews will be conducted in February 2014 in order to note seasonal differences, but this interim report provides much information gleaned from the summer interviews.
Housed at Western Washington University, the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada - U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. The University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the Pacific Northwest.
Ms. Messa is a master's candidate at Huxley and the recipient of a BPRI Thesis Fellowship. She will discuss her research regarding resilience of cross-border environmental governance forums, such as the Abbotsford-Sumas Aquifer International Task Force. 12:15 PM, Canada House.
The BPRI sponsors one or more Thesis Fellows each year. A Fellow receives a full graduate stipend and tuition support for one quarter, as well as $500 to be used toward research supplies or travel. Graduate students enrolled at Western and pursuing thesis research related to the BPRI's mission are eligible to apply. Applications for a fellowship may be submitted at any time.