Current Research

The BPRI funds research projects in topic areas consistent with its mission. Each autumn, a "Call for Projects" is circulated at WWU, with submissions typically due in late November. Funding decisions are announced at year's end. Additionally, the BPRI entertains proposals involving collaboration between WWU faculty and co-investigators at other institutions.

Cascade Gateway Passenger Vehicle Intercept Survey

The BPRI is collaborating with the Whatcom Council of Governments to perform an intercept survey at our regional border crossings. We will use a student team to interview 10,000+ drivers this summer, identifying aspects of their cross-border trips (origin, destination, purpose, etc.). This type of data is of interest to transportation agencies, academic researchers, chambers of commerce, and other regional stakeholders. The project is made possible through the cooperation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency, and is being funded by the Washington State Dep't. of Transportation, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the Whatcom Council of Governments, and the BPRI.

The Impact of Evolving Trade Patterns on Freight Volumes and Modes at Ports and Within Trade Corridors

Steven Globerman, Ph.D., & Paul Storer, Ph.D. The goal of this study is to identify and discuss recent changes to North American trade patterns and to evaluate how these changes have affected the volume and composition of commodities crossing through land ports at the Canada-U.S. border. The study will also project future changes in the volume and mix of bilateral trade flows at major U.S. land ports and trade corridors, given forecasts of future changes in Canada-U.S. trade. The ultimate goal of the project is to gain insight into how the changing trade relationships and Canada and the U.S. are separately experiencing have affected, and will affect, demands for surface transportation infrastructure along major bilateral transportation corridors.