Paso Del Norte Border Bridge Gets Upgrade

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POSTED: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:31pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 6:32pm

EL PASO- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar announced a series of significant upgrades to the El Paso port of entry.

The enhancements include the launch of pedestrian processing system which uses technology to more quickly process arriving pedestrians. Paso Del Norte is the first border entry to use this technology for pedestrians.New "ready lanes" and LED signage are also part of the improvements.

The LED signs and an AM radio station will tell people the status of the border line wait.

The ready lanes are almost like a fast-pass so that travelers can scan their information and have it ready before they even get to an inspection booth. The passports, passport cards or other forms of identification must have the RFID technology.  This Radio Frequency Identification technology hugely expedites the process.

" It reduces the inspection time per individual by 18 seconds, now when you take into account that through these bridges  there's 21 million people a year that cross that's a tremendous amount of time efficiency that's gained," said Deputy Commissioner David V. Aguilar.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, only 30% of people who come through the ports of entry have RFID documents. 

"If they want the inspection process through the ports of entry to go fast and efficiently, then they need to have the card," said Congressman Silvestre Reyes.

For more information on how to obtain the appropriate card so that you can use the ready lane, go to www.GetYouHome.gov.

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