2000 Trade and Travel Study
Status: Completed in 2001 — Research Project
IMTC participants have identified the need to periodically evaluate trip details of passenger vehicle travelers crossing at the five Cascade Gateway ports-of-entry (including Point Roberts/Boundary Bay most recently). These surveys help inform regional investment strategies, and provide insight into travel trends.
The IMTC Cross-Border Trade and Travel Study was a response to the need identified by IMTC participants for better data regarding the four ports-of-entry which make up the Cascade Gateway between Whatcom County, Washington and British Columbia.
Surveys were conducted at all four Cascade Gateway ports-of-entry including Peace Arch/Douglas, Pacific Highway, Lynden/Aldergrove, and Sumas/Abbotsford-Huntingdon.
Previous data collected on the Cascade Gateway revealed little about commodity flow, intermodal opportunities, or the potential sustainability of new transportation options. To close these gaps, updated and detailed information was collected in the summer and fall of 2000 to analyze cross-border traffic volumes, origin and destination of trips, commercial commodity flow, and passenger trip purpose.
The final report analyzes who crosses the border and what drives demand; time of day characteristics of cross-border travel; the potential for diverting traffic to alternative modes of travel as well as to other crossings; and the markets for pre-approved travel programs to improve cross-border security and mobility.
Funding & Partnerships
- U.S. Federal Highway Administration: $254,000
- WA State Department of Transportation: $200,000
- B.C. Ministry of Transportation: $6,400
For More Information
Contact Hugh Conroy, Director of Planning, at (360) 685-8384.