The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) owns the border stations on the southern border between the United States and Mexico. The GSA is the federal government's landlord. Cities have grown up around existing stations, and those border crossing stations now have become landlocked with city-centered growth. The result of this is a whole array of problems - traffic congestion, air pollution, and public safety concerns. The biggest problem that the GSA sees is the heavy commercial traffic being dumped into downtown areas, mixing with pedestrians and noncommercial traffic. There are 16-wheel tractor-trailers going over central city streets and local roads. The United States and Mexico recognize this as a significant problem and are trying to do something about it. Two new stations have been constructed and two are under construction. The Department of Transportation feels that the facilities at the border crossings are adequate, and the GSA also believes that the commercial capacity of their stations is adequate. They argue that most border congestion today is primarily caused by operational and policy issues, and secondarily by infrastructure. On the operational side, there is an empty backhaul agreement that results in twice as many trucks on the border than are necessary. On the infrastructure side, the access roads to and from the border do need to be improved.

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    • This paper was presented in Forum Session "U.S.- Mexico Border Congestion: Inadequate Infrastructure or Policy?". These proceedings, Volume 8 of the TRF 36th Annual Conference, were funded for publication by the UPS Foundation.
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  • Publication Date: 1994


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  • Accession Number: 00728799
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 8
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  • Created Date: Nov 13 1996 12:00AM