Bridge News

May 15, 2013

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Matt Davison, 716.604.7772 

NFBC Summer Border Travel Tips
Commission offers guidance to motorists regarding smoother Can-Am travel

LEWISTON, NY/QUEENSTON, ON – Today the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) officially welcomed the summer travel season by offering some friendly advice and tips to motorists regarding Can-Am border transit:

• Enroll in NEXUS and ExpressPass to help substantially expedite your border crossing experience.

• Visit on your web-enabled mobile device, follow @NiagaraBridges on Twitter, or call 1-800-715-6722 to obtain updated wait times for Niagara Region international crossings, including the Rainbow, Whirlpool, and Lewiston-Queenston bridges.

• Prior to arriving at the border have proper identification ready to present to Customs officers. Such documents include: NEXUS Cards, FAST Cards, Enhanced Driver’s licenses, Enhanced Non-Driver Identification, Permanent Resident Cards, Passports, and U.S. Passport Cards for travelers 16 years of age and older, and birth certificates, naturalization certificates, or Canadian citizenship cards which are acceptable forms of identification for most children 15 years of age and younger.  For more information, visit and
• If traveling with children less than 16 years of age who are not part of your immediate family, obtain and carry a parental note of permission regarding cross-border travel. The note should include each child’s parental contact information and telephone numbers.

• Other than essential luggage or vacation supplies, empty your trunk before the trip.  Additional belongings in your car may add time to your crossing, as customs agents may perform a visual inspection of the belongings in your car.

• Turn off radios and cell phones when approaching Customs inspection booths and speaking with officers.

• Remember to roll down the driver and rear passenger windows, remove sunglasses, and make eye contact with Customs officers.

• Be sure to declare all fruits, vegetables, plants and plant products, animals, birds, eggs, meat and meat products, as well as items acquired for personal use.

• Be patient.  Approach inspection booths slowly and follow signage instructions.

• Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For more detailed questions, travelers can contact the Canadian Border Services Agency at 1-905-994-6330 or, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at 1-877-227-5511 or   

About the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission:

A Joint Resolution of the 1938 U.S. Congressional Third Session created the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. The Extra Provincial Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario, Canada licenses the NFBC. Canada and the U.S. are equally represented on the NFBC by an eight-member Board of Commissioners.  Initially established to finance, construct and operate the Rainbow Bridge, the Commission proved sufficiently efficient and effective to assume responsibilities for the Whirlpool Rapids (Lower) and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges.  The NFBC builds and maintains all facilities for Customs and Immigration functions on both sides of the international border. The NFBC is self supportive, largely through user fees (tolls) and private-sector tenant leases. NFBC is federally chartered to conduct international commercial financial transactions and issue federal (U.S.) tax-exempt bonds.


Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
5365 Military Road, Lewiston, NY 14092
P.O. Box 395, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T8
  Phone: 905-354-5641 or 716-285-6322  Fax: 716-282-3292 or 905-354-6644 □ Twitter: @NiagaraBridges □


5365 Military Rd
Lewiston, NY 14092

The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

Niagara Falls' reputation as a natural world wonder and honeymoon capital of the planet beckons visitors from around the globe. 

But it is the bridges that actually bring most of them here. 

No other single factor contributes more to tourism growth - indeed the export trade economy overall - than the NFBC's three monumental linkages of concrete and steel. Niagara Falls crossings rank second only to Kennedy International as the busiest port of entry between the U.S. and Canada. If you are about to travel over Niagara's gorge, your vehicle will take one of about 7.2 million passages expected this year on NFBC bridges.

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