Would it ever make sense to reopen this station for locals to use it to avoid the interstate/autoroute backups?
This crossing has always been the local bypass, even before the interstate was built, US Route 9 used to cross there. It probably would make sense for the locals to push for reopening it, but DHS would make the argument that if they had enough people to staff a nearby border crossing, they would prefer to open another lane on the highway. That's why they closed it way back in 1953.
Off topic but border related...how is this for a border crossing
this is a fairly remote Norway/Sweden border crossing..if only the Canada/US border could be like this.
Seems more like crossing state or provincial lines. The EU initiative is eroding sovereignty.
Back on topic: Did I mention that you can buy this border station? http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16323817/193-Meridian-Road-Champlain-NY/
Sorry about the off topic posting, but didn't know where to share it with fellow border enthusiasts....yes it does look like a crossing of a state line in the deep woods...I'm not sure if there ever was a border inspection building there or not....
What is the asking price of the Meridian Road site....it looks like it hasn't been maintained well.
Not a problem. I'm not sure they ever posted the asking price, but now it shows that is is off-market. I wonder if it was sold to a border enthusiast, or if the government just had second thoughts.
Likely the latter...I imagine that the government would want to retain ownership of a building so close to the actual border and if in the future they every wanted to open up the border crossing the building could be retrofitted...or am I using too much common sense when it comes to government.
Did the US gov't abandon Morses Line, VT due to land ownership issues?
Since it's been closed for 60 years, I doubt they will ever open it again. The only new border stations they are opening are in border cities (mostly southern) to relieve congestion. Calais got a new one last year.
I think the govt. is just tired of dealing with the residents around Morses Line. Every time they suggest ways to make crossing the border easier, they are met with resistance. In the 1990s it was a remote inspection system for after hours use, now its resistance to upgrading the facility. The idea of closing it was brought up by the local residents, not the govt, which is simply calling their bluff.
I just found an old photo of Morses Line, which I posted today. Circa 1997.
In Morses Line, the US governement wanted to buy a part of the Rainville's farm whose owner refused. The building needed to be updgrade like they are doing at a few places along the border. On the Canadian side, it was decided to move to a 8 to 4 scheme instead of 8 to midnight starting on April 1st.
See all my border pic on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pegase1972/sets/72157616640836962 including some that doesn't qulify for Panoramio/Google Earth.
Pegase1972, you have really added to your photo library this year! Good to see I am not the only one who enjoys poking around the border. That Lineboro border station photo really threw me - I didn't know it was still there.
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Photo taken in Champlain, NY, USA
Misplaced? Suggest new location