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John Ross wrote:
> At  5/6/2007 07:55 AM, you wrote:
>> I cross the border every two or three weeks (Canada/US, usually in the 
>> Niagara area but sometimes at Thousand Islands) with nary a problem.
> 
> If you regularly use a border crossing where it's offered, the NEXUS 
> program is more than worth the cost. This is a pre-approval system that 
> allows you to drive through a special lane rather than waiting with the 
> rest of the traffic.
> 
> I use it at the West Coast crossings between British Columbia and 
> Washington state, but it's also available in Southern Ontario and 
> Quebec, and at Toronto and Vancouver airports. More than once, I've 
> heard the radio traffic reports warning of waits of 45 minutes to over 
> an hour at the Peace Arch, but I can zip past and maybe wait for one 
> other car to clear. And because everybody using the NEXUS lane is 
> pre-cleared, it only takes about twenty seconds per car.
> 
> At US$50 or CDN$80 for five years, it pays for itself in reduced stress 
> and aggravation after two or three trips, as far as I'm concerned. I 
> wouldn't cross the border without it.
> 
> John Ross
>                             

You mean to tell me they still haven't tried to match the cost? I bet they have 
now..the difference in toll fees between US and Canadian money has been 
tightened up as well.

The nearest NEXUS crossing for me is at Niagara Falls, which is about 10 or 15 
minutes out of my way since I go into Lewiston to use the Post Office (as well 
as the washroom in the TOPS Supermarket, a necessity after sitting in line at 
Customs). If the crossing is that fast, it would probably still be worth the 
extra travelling. Guess I'll be sending my thumprint off to Big Brother.

By the way, this is sometimes useful, although it doesn't always tell me what 
the crossing times will be like in two hours (my distance from the border):
http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/

dl