07/21/2014 09:37 EDT | Updated 09/20/2014 05:59 EDT

Nexus goes 24 hours at Peace Bridge crossing

Nexus members making frequent crossings at the Peace Bridge, which spans the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo, N.Y., will get through faster 24 hours a day and at certain times, without seeing a guard in person, it was announced today.

These and other border-crossing changes were announced Monday by the federal ministers of public safety and defence, who spoke from the bridge crossing.

Three changes in total were announced, all aimed at easier border crossings, for what the ministers described as low-risk patrons and businesses.

It will give border guards more time to work on "unknowns," said Steven Blaney, minister of public safety and emergency preparedness.

For Nexus users, Blaney said it will make their travel time easier for work, the beach and golf. 

"It's reducing the face-to-face time between officers and Nexus members so officers can focus on unknowns," Blaney said.