December 1, 2000
A project has been underway since April 2000 to develop a prototype border facility that incorporates federal and state agency inspections and other activities in "one-stop" for commercial vehicles entering Texas at the Mexican border. A team from the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) at Texas A&M University are working jointly on the effort.
Border issue experts from universities located near the Texas-Mexico border have also contributed to the project.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) commissioned this project to fulfill the objectives of Senate Bill 913, which was adopted in the 1999 Texas Legislative Session and calls for a "one-stop" inspection facility. SB 913 called for implementation of the "one-stop" approach at three existing border crossings, if deemed feasible by the federal agencies actively involved in daily operations of those border facilities.
In developing the prototype design, the CTR-TTI Team has taken advantage of lessons learned from previous research efforts. The team concentrated on developing a design that meets the intent of Senate Bill 913. Direct contact with governmental agencies and other stakeholders has been maintained throughout the project.
Outreach to the stakeholders involved in border crossing has been a key element of the project effort. Examples of the stakeholders in the project include:
- elected officials
- local groups and the trade community (such as the Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition and Border Transportation Alliance)
- federal and state agencies (including the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. General Services Administration, and Texas Department of Public Safety)
- bridge operators
A listing of the individuals contacted during the project is available.
TxDOT is interested in furthering the concept of the "one-stop" facility to reduce congestion on border infrastructure. The joint CTR-TTI project developed a prototype design that could be implemented at any new border crossing facility. The project team will also review existing inspection facilities to determine if they can be adapted to incorporate any of the ideal attributes.
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Other items will be added to the website as they are available, including an animation of the trip through the prototype.
For additional information or details about the project, you may contact:
For additional information on future TxDOT plans, you may contact:
- Ed Wueste, Assistant Executive Director, TxDOT
The CTR-TTI project was on a fast track to be completed by December 2000, and is on schedule. Project products will be used by TxDOT and the Texas Secretary of State in briefing the Texas Legislature.
Rob Harrison, CTR's Executive Director, and Bill Stockton, Assistant Director at TTI, are leading the CTR/TTI team.