Cross Border Commerce
The successful growth of Western New York’s economy heavily depends on our ability to maintain and grow our relationship with Southern Ontario. Each year, the Peace Bridge alone facilitates the transport of over $30 billion in commerce, spurring $227.4 billion in economic activity, and supporting one million jobs. Brian has been an advocate for creating reliable access at the border as a means to foster this economic relationship. As a result of Brian’s advocacy to the Department of Homeland Security, the Peace Bridge has been included in a pre-inspection pilot to inspect trucks coming into the United States with the goal of easing congestion and decreasing wait times at the border. Additionally, Brian successfully urged U.S. Customs & Border Protection to increase staffing at the Peace Bridge and other local border crossings.
More on Cross Border Commerce
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with Canada authorizing two phases of primary inspections of commercial cargo in Canada, including one at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will move forward with the U.S., New York Gateway Connection Improvements project to the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) project will reconfigure access to the U.S. Peace Bridge Plaza, reducing congestion and improving traffic flow for both commercial and private vehicles. This step will make the Peace Bridge a more effective conduit for travel and commerce between the United States and Canada.
“I was pleased to learn that the Peace Bridge Customs Commercial Plaza construction project has received the necessary federal environmental approvals from the General Services Administration (GSA) to move forward. Working closely with the Governor's office, we have advocated for swift action on this to continue the positive momentum at the Peace Bridge.
Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) announced further support from members of the Western New York Congressional delegation regarding efforts to advance long-awaited improvements at the Peace Bridge corridor, including roughly $40 million in related renovations and current plaza enhancements.
“The economic future of Western New York is increasingly tied to the free flow of people and trade across our border with Canada. From our auto manufacturing plants to our professional sports teams and our retail businesses to our airport; all benefit from our close proximity to Southern Ontario which has an estimated population of 13.4 million and is expected to grow to 17.7 over the next 24 years.
Congressman Brian Higgins stood by the Peace Bridge in Buffalo and called on Western New York leaders, residents and businesses to join him in the fight against the inertia. Higgins used Friday’s announcement of a deal for a new international border crossing between Detroit and Canada as an example of how delays and obstruction are costing this community jobs and economic opportunity.
"We support the Peace Bridge Authority's plans to demolish properties it owns which are currently sitting vacant and have been slated for demolition for 8 years. The issues surrounding these actions are not new, have been long-discussed, and should not encounter any further delay."