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The 87-mile border between Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario is North America's busiest and most valuable commercial border crossing. Over 40 percent of U.S. trade with Canada (our largest trading partner) crosses the border in Southeast Michigan.
The objective of the Southeast Michigan/Southwest Ontario Binational Transportation Planning effort is to expedite Southeast Michigan/Southwest Ontario cross-border vehicle and cargo movements by coordinated planning and project implementation.
In 1997, SEMCOG and the City of Windsor began to share data and information. Other public and private representatives from Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario have since joined this coalition.
SEMCOG is also actively involved with border-related projects such as the New International Trade Crossing Study (formerly known as the Detroit River International Crossing). SEMCOG provides technical support and analyses and continuously reviews and provides feedback. In fact, much of the DRIC’s initial data, maps, and information are the result of earlier SEMCOG efforts. Most of these data and maps have been enhanced and updated through the DRIC process. This new information is then incorporated into SEMCOG’s work to provide consistency. For example, SEMCOG’s traffic model has integrated the international border crossings with Canada in its network for better understanding of current and future transportation needs.
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