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GLIN==> Press release: Updated Seaway Trail Cross-Border Travel Tips Now Available

Title: Press release: Updated Seaway Trail Cross-Border Travel Tips Now Available
PRESS RELEASE:  June 21, 2007
Contact:              David G. White, New York Sea Grant, 315-312-3042
Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 315-646-1000

Updated Seaway Trail Cross-Border Travel Tips Now Available

As summer officially begins, New York Sea Grant and Seaway Trail, Inc. have issued their 2007 Cross-Border Travel Tips for Recreational Boaters, RV Owners and Motorists. The brochure includes information on the integrated NEXUS Program for frequent, low-risk travelers, a comparison of NEXUS with the I-68 Permit Program for recreational boaters, and expanded information resource contacts.
The NEXUS program is designed to speed up border arrival clearance times by providing designated highway lanes, self-service kiosks at selected airports, and a telephone reporting service at selected marine ports. NEXUS is currently accepted along the Seaway Trail at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY; and the Rainbow and Whirlpool bridges in Niagara Falls. The Whirlpool Bridge is a NEXUS-only crossing.
The NEXUS Program requires photos, fingerprints and an iris scan at in-person processing facilities. Those approved for a card pay $50 US or $80 Canadian; there is no fee for children younger than 18. The NEXUS card is good for five years.
The I-68 Boat Landing Program Permit for recreational boaters traveling between Canada and the U.S. is good for 12 months; costs $16 US per individual, $32 per family; and allows boaters to report their arrival in the U.S. by phone. Children younger than 14 can be listed on a parent’s I-68 permit.
The cross-border tips brochure includes updated contacts for pleasure boating publications, “know before you go” info for all types of travelers, and restricted goods and required declarations details. The For More Information section of the brochure lists direct telephone contacts for the seven international bridges; Wolfe Island to Cape Vincent, NY, ferry; and three ports of entry on the Seaway Trail.
Seaway Trail, Inc. President and CEO Teresa Mitchell says, “Seaway Trail, Inc. is pleased to partner once again with New York Sea Grant and border representatives of the United States and Canada to update the cross-border travel tips to encourage and facilitate the Canadian visitation that is so important to the local economies of the eighty-six coastal communities on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie.”
New York Sea Grant Recreation and Tourism Specialist David G. White says, “This annual update of the cross-border travel tips is one way we are providing the most current basic information plus expanded resource contacts for boaters, campers and tourists interested in learning more.”
The 2007 Cross-Border Travel Tips for Recreational Boaters, RV Owners and Motorists Traveling the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, prepared in cooperation with American and Canadian border security agencies, are online at www.seawaytrail.com.  # # #