Many residents of the Detroit metropolitan area travel to Canada on a regular basis for work and pleasure. Some friends regularly travel to their cottage on the eastern shore of Lake Huron near Grand Bend, others have family in Hamilton, while others trek to Sauble Beach, the second longest (seven mile) white sand freshwater beach. (Even though it is cold here today, I am thinking summer!) The last place you want to be is stuck in a back-up at the border when coming back home.
Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a new smart phone app that gives you an estimate of the time it will take to cross the border. For example, using the app will allow you to avoid back-ups and to choose either the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel or the Ambassador Bridge for quickest crossing time back into the U.S. Or let’s say you are heading home from Stratford, Ontario after seeing a Shakespearean play, and the border crossings are backed-up in Detroit, you may find crossing at the Blue Water Bridge between Port Huron and Sarnia is optimal.
There are other apps that monitor border crossing times but the CBP app seems more comprehensive and should be more accurate since it is coming from those working at the border. The app allows you to check border crossing times across the country, not just in the Detroit area.
If you want to get across the border quickly, you may want to download this app to avoid long lines of cars (and exhaust fumes) at the border. For more details see http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/2014-12-16-000000/cbp-launches-border-wait-time-app