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WWU’s Border Policy Research Institute Begins Work on New ‘Border Barometer’ Project 2018-03-12
Motorists flocking to Washington state to flee Metro Vancouver gas prices

“I’d say 90 per cent of the B.C. plates driving through are coming for gas,” a member of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday. “Some of them say they’ve driven for 40 minutes and then they’ve been idling for an hour (waiting to pass through customs).”

It’s always been thus,…

Increase in border traffic in Blaine a rarity along Canada/US line

Border crossings in the Blaine region were the only ones along the Canada/US border to show an increase in traffic over a six-year period, according to data from a Washington state research organization.

A recent report from the …

A bridge too many? Falling border crossings raise questions about need for new span

Canada's declining position as a trading partner of the U.S. raises questions of whether two new six-lane bridges in Detroit between the Ambassador and the Howe bridges are needed, said Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University.

More Canadians paid a visit to Whatcom County in August

More than 1.42 million people crossed the five southbound border crossing into Whatcom County in August, according to data gathered by the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. That’s…

BPRI Announces Cross-Border Research Fellowship opportunity 2017-10-06
Border cities on front lines of looming NAFTA clash

A Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute report found that Canada accounts for 31% of Washington state’s imports, a bigger proportion than any other country, and U.S. federal trade statistics show that bilateral trade between…

Canadian dollar is on the rise... will it continue?

Some expect the loonie rally to be short-lived. Laurie Trautman, director at the WWU Border Policy Research Institute, believes it has peaked and the current rally will not immediately change border crossing shopping habits.

“I do expect the volumes to continue a…

Low Canadian dollar forces closure of the only grocery store in Sumas

A longtime retail landmark is going out of business this week, marking another closure among food markets in eastern Whatcom County.

Cross-border traffic remains strong. Nearly 3.6 million people have crossed southbound…

WWU's Aquila Flower to Discuss Building a Digital Atlas of the Pacific Northwest May 3 2017-04-25
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