Why are personal vehicle crossings important?
The dynamics of personal vehicle crossings through Arizona's border ports of entry reflect the composite effects of both the economic ties between Arizona and Mexico, and border crossing procedures that affect wait times. Periods of economic slowdown, together with more stringent border crossing procedures tend to reduce the number of personal vehicle crossings, as the data since early 2000 suggest. Among Arizona’s six border ports of entry, Nogales facilitates the largest number of personal vehicle crossings. San Luis is second, followed by Douglas.
What is measured?
Personal vehicles are the primary mode of transportation for people crossing the border. Data include frequent crossings by local residents, as well as crossings by people traveling to destinations away from the border for the purpose of business, medical services, visiting family and friends, shopping, or leisure. Data are available only for northbound crossings and include all personal vehicles regardless of the country of vehicle registration, i.e., Mexico, the U.S., or Canada. The selected southern border ports of entry used in this analysis are: Douglas, Lukeville, Naco, Nogales, San Luis, and Sasabe in Arizona; Calexico East in California; Santa Teresa in New Mexico; and, El Paso, Hidalgo, and Laredo in Texas.
How Arizona compares?
Number of personal vehicle crossings is available for each of Arizona’s six border ports of entry. For comparison, data are provided for a selected number of major ports of entry in Texas and California. Changes expressed in percentages allow for comparison of personal vehicles crossing dynamics at individual ports, as well as for the state as a whole.
The table on this page summarizes border crossings at Arizona and major Border Ports of Entry on a monthly basis. Data are updated following release by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Click on any title to graph that series, and export. Or, click "download" at the base of the table to download the dataset, or customize based on a specified range.
The table on this page summarizes border crossings at Arizona and major Border Ports of Entry on an annual basis. Data are updated following release by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Click on any title to graph that series, and export. Or, click "download" at the base of the table to download the dataset, or customize based on a specified range.
Bureau of Transportation Statistics , Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, Border Crossing/ Entry Data. Note: Zero values may indicate that no crossings took place at that particular port of entry in a given month or year. Zero values may also indicate that data cannot be recorded due to lack of facilities.
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