The study, by the Binational Economic and Tourism Alliance, also calls for better traffic conditions information and increased customs staffing during busy times, reports the Buffalo News.
Heightened security measures since Sept. 11 have led to more frequent backups and traffic congestion at the bridges, states the report.
The report cites statistics showing that thickening cross-border congestion costs Canadian trucking companies more than $9 billion. It recommends new technology to make inspections more efficient, such as hand-held scanners, pre-clearance programs and trusted traveler initiatives.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama have been negotiating a new "Smart Border" program that could include many of these initiatives.
"There is no magic bullet here, and we're all responsible for fixing it," said BETA's executive director Arlene White.
An estimated $70 billion in trade crossed the region's bridges in 2010, down from $80 billion in 2008.