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1 Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, "Multimodal Transportation Study for the City of Juarez, Mexico," presented to the Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.

2 United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, "Transportation," March 18, 1998 ( (Internet document.)

3 "NAFTA Is Causing Traffic Congestion at Borders," The New York Times, March 20, 1998 ( (Internet document.)

4 Interview with Rudy Ramirez, District Engineer, Laredo, Texas, February 5, 1998.

5 Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Forces of Change (Austin, Texas, March 1994), pp. 576-578.

6 "Bridge Renovation Project," Mexico Business Monthly (October 1996).

7 Texas A&M International, Border Trade Institute ( (Internet document.) Although there are 22 vehicular international bridges along the Texas-Mexico border, the 11 major ports are Brownsville, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, Harlingen, Laredo, McAllen-Hidalgo, Presidio, Progreso, Rio Grande City, and Roma.

8 Officials at the bridge in Falcon did not formally record crossings until recently. In 1996, 61 Northbound trucks crossed at Falcon.

9 U.S. General Accounting Office, Commercial Trucking, Safety Concerns about Mexican Trucks Remain Even as Inspection Activity Increases (Washington, D.C., April 1997), pp. 3-4.

10 Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, "Policy Brief" (July 1997), p.4.

11 Interview with Maj. Lester Mills, Texas Department of Public Safety, February 19, 1998.

12 Testimony of David Laney, Commissioner, Texas Department of Transportation, "The Importance of Continued Federal Investment," before the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, U.S. House of Representatives February 27, 1996), p. 7.

13 U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, "NAFTA," ( (Internet document.)

14 "Camino Colombia Seeks Conduit Spot," Laredo Morning Times (August 18, 1997).

15 Gregory S. Johnson, "Mexican Manufacturing Opportunities Grow," Journal of Commerce, p. 1.

16 "Limited Financial Services Dateline," Reuters, January 22, 1997, Guadalcazar, Mexico.

17 U.S. General Accounting Office, "Automated Export System-Prospects for Improving Data Collection and Enforcement Are Uncertain," (November 1997), p. 6.

18 Pat Morris, "Exporting Faster: How AES helps," (August 1997), pp. 24-25.

19 Testimony of Commissioner Laney, "The Importance of Continued Federal Investment," pp. 452-454.