Whatcom County border crossings up 16 percent

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- Southbound border traffic into Whatcom County increased 16 percent through September, compared with the same period a year ago.

The total reported by Western Washington University's Center for Economics and Business Research is nearly 10.7 million people. The busiest month was August with 1.5 million people.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/vUHOjP ) border traffic is well below the peak period of about 20 years ago. For the entire year of 1990, nearly 27.9 million southbound people went through border crossings in Whatcom County.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com