Southbound border crossings picked up the pace in the second quarter, but the boost wasn't significant enough to indicate a new trend.
About 4.1 million people crossed the five border crossings into Whatcom County in the second quarter, up about 121,000 compared to the same period last year, according to data collected by Western Washington University's Center for Economic and Business Research.
For the first six months of 2014 about 7.58 million people crossed into Whatcom County, slightly lower than the first half of 2013, which was around 7.63 million.
Southbound traffic into Whatcom County has steadily climbed in recent years, from 10.9 million in 2009 to 16.2 million in 2013. Last year's total was the highest since 1997.
Even though the Canadian dollar has experienced some ups and downs this year, the border traffic has tracked fairly closely to 2013. The loonie has peaked at around 94 cents compared to the U.S. dollar and dropped to 88 cents so far this year. It is currently at about 91 cents to the U.S. dollar.
James McCafferty, assistant director at the research center, doesn't see the increase as a trend. The variation could be caused by a number of factors, including the Skagit River bridge collapse in May 2013.
McCafferty doesn't expect to see much change in border traffic in the coming months, given current public policies and consumer behavior.