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Cross-border traffic remains slow in Whatcom County

Southbound border traffic into Whatcom County continues to slow, according to the latest data.

In April 1,077,501 travelers crossed the five Whatcom County border crossings, according to data gathered by Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute. That’s fewer people than in March and 221,229 less than April 2014.

Through the first four months of 2015 about 4.1 million people have crossed the border into Whatcom County, down nearly 640,000 compared to the same period in 2014.

The traffic dip in April took place despite a slight rebound in the Canadian dollar. The loonie was up to 83 cents compared to the U.S. dollar in late April, up from 78 cents in late March. Currently the Canadian dollar is around 80 cents compared to the U.S. dollar.