Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we will modernize two land ports of entry in New York:
- The Rouses Point Land Port of Entry connects the U.S. town of Rouses Point, New York, and the Canadian town of Lacolle, Quebec. The land port processes commercial and passenger vehicles, pedestrians, boats, and freight and passenger train traffic. The port is about a half mile south of the U.S.-Canada border and rail passenger inspections happen over one mile beyond the border into the U.S. at a site that U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not control.
- The Trout River Land Port of Entry connects Constable, New York, and the Canadian town of Athelstan, Quebec. The facility is a nearly rectangular 1.75-acre plot that is slightly sloped and overlooks the Trout River.
The Rouses Point LPOE is easily connected to major commercial destinations of Montreal, Quebec, Burlington, Vermont, Albany, New York, and New York City. Passenger train service between New York City and Montreal stops at the Rouses Point train station. The port supports commercial and travel and tourism industries.
The Trout River LPOE is near U.S. and Canadian international airports. The LPOE inspects an average of 1,400 commercial vehicles and 25 buses annually. Commercial transport includes goods for the local communities, including Massena and Saranac Lake.
Jobs and economic impact
With expanded capacity, Rouses Point, New York, can benefit from travelers who enjoy historical attractions, shopping and dining, special events, concerts and plays, an indoor hockey arena and civic center, and endless outdoor recreation opportunities. The port also supports a travel and tourism industry being less than a one-hour drive from the Adirondack High Peak region and the ski resorts of Vermont.
The Trout River LPOE processes an average of 146,000 passenger vehicles annually. The port supports agricultural and forest industries, in addition to travelers and tourists who enjoy the Adirondack Mountain Range and Montreal, Canada.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
These projects will have an equitable design that connects the community with the environment. The designs will incorporate universal accessibility so people with disabilities can fully and independently use the facility. We will ensure inclusive engagement throughout our design and construction process.
The Rouses Point LPOE will be an energy-efficient port that’s all electric. We plan to use greywater recycling, timber framing, and few carbon-building materials. We will partner with regulatory authorities to minimize environmental impacts and use adaptive and sustainable ways to carry out the project while preserving the ecosystem. The Trout River LPOE project will reuse the existing structure to the fullest extent possible. This will divert massive waste from landfills and keep the existing embodied carbon in service. The project will capitalize on net-zero energy technologies, including geothermal heating, cooling, and photovoltaic.
The expansion and modernization at Rouses Point LPOE will enable safe and efficient vehicle inspections. CBP officers will have adequate visual surveillance of the border, as well as sufficient clearances for commercial vehicle and passenger train inspections.
The Trout River LPOE project will improve evasions, and outbound and secondary inspections.
These projects will improve the quality of life for anyone who lives nearby, works at, or uses the border crossings. Modern, functional, secure, and sustainable ports benefit economic, cultural, and environmental conditions for both countries.