Posted by: rbmcarriers | June 12, 2008

Detroit – Windsor Border Crossing

If you live in Detroit or Windsor, you are well aware of all the pro & cons of the new crossing from reports in your local newspapers.  But for people living outside the area, information is not so frequently reported.  The transportation/trucking industry need to know up-to-date information on all border crossings to ease an already difficult job of driving on our busy lanes.  When hauling as we do at RBM Carriers on flatbeds and step decks, choosing the right border crossing is an important decision made daily.  So being well informed of congestion and the smoothness of the crossing is needed.

Here’s the latest report courtesy of Today’s Trucking:  Your views and comments are welcome.

New border crossing would starve other links: Report

A publicly supported second span in the Windsor Detroit Gateway would divert traffic from existing regional crossings, hurting them financially, predicts the president of the Ambassador Bridge.

According to the Windsor Star, Dan Stamper says that the future existence of the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and his Ambassador Bridge might even be at risk.

If the new crossing hurts the Ambassador‘s bottom line, it will seek compensation, he promised.

To make his point, Stamper points to a soon-to-be released U.S. Environmental Impact Statement by the Detroit River International Border Crossing group (DRIC), which is made up of Ontario and Michigan officials studying where to place the next border crossing.

Stamper says that the DRIC predicts an initial loss of traffic for the other crossings.

Truck ferry owner Gregg Ward isn’t worried about
a new bridge taking some of his business.

Blue Water, according to the report, would see a seven percent drop in cars and 16 to 18 percent drop in truck traffic in peak travel periods if and when the new bridge opens. The Ambassador Bridge would see a 30 to 39 per cent drop in cars and 54 to 75 percent drop in truck traffic, depending on the location of the new bridge.

“Do they want to bankrupt the other three crossings just to say they built a new one?” Stamper says.

But officials from the Blue Water and tunnel don’t seem to agree, suggesting that all three crossings have their own niche markets.
Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry operator Gregg Ward admits that if the new bridge is permitted to handle hazmat trucks, it might hurt his business. However, he tells the Star that it’s unlikely that’ll happen.

“We will be in business as long as we are needed,” he says. “I think I know our place in the grander picture of international transportation. We are a niche service.”

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