Tunnel bus route changes could speed up border crossing
Transit Windsor's tunnel bus will soon take a different route to the tunnel entrance, speeding up the time it takes to cross the border, according to transit officials.
Starting in a few weeks the bus will no longer use the tunnel entrance off of Wyandotte Street in order to avoid the line of cars waiting to clear customs.
Instead, the bus will enter the Detroit-Windsor tunnel through a new NEXUS lane off of City Hall Square.
"With this new operation, in using the new facility, we'll definitely see some benefits in shortened times," said Pat Delmore, executive director of Transit Windsor.
The new entrance was part of a $30 million redesign of the plaza.
Going over to Detroit, the bus will head east on Pitt Street from the bus terminal, then south on Goyeau Street. But rather than taking the long way around to get to the tunnel entrance on Wyandotte Street, the bus will pick up passengers at a bus stop at City Hall Square then enter the tunnel through the NEXUS lane.
Coming back from Detroit
As of now, riders are not required to get back on the bus after clearing customs coming back into Canada from Detroit.
But at the new clearing facility, passengers will be required to reboard.
Passengers will be able to get off at Wyandotte Street East and McDougall Avenue or continue on. The bus will continue up McDougall Avenue and stop at the casino, then head west on Chatham Street to the bus terminal.
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