Nexus lane considered for Abbotsford border crossing

The flow of traffic across the Abbotsford-Sumas border crossing may be getting faster, with the addition of proposed Nexus lanes, both north and south.

The flow of traffic across the Abbotsford-Sumas border crossing may be getting faster, with the addition of proposed Nexus lanes, both north and south.

“It’s something we are actively exploring,” said Faith St. John, spokesperson for Canada Border Services Agency, adding that the agency is “in discussions with stakeholders.”

She said it is too early in the process to discuss a timeline.

Nexus is a program designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States.

“It’s a trusted-traveller program,” said St. John.

Those wanting to use the “fast lane” across the border apply and undergo security checks, and must have no criminal history or customs infractions. They must also pay a fee of $50 for a five-year membership.

There is a Nexus lane at the Peace Arch border crossing in White Rock, and St. John said the program is working well there.

“It’s very successful, and people are very happy with it.”