City Council approves increase in bridge fees
POSTED: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 6:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:26am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The El Paso City Council approved a measure 5-2 on Tuesday morning to increase the bridge fee for vehicles crossing the Paso Del Norte, Stanton Street and Ysleta bridges.
The council proposed the measure to allow the bridges to open all lanes of traffic during peak hours. The city says this will reduce bridge wait times for vehicles to 12-15 minutes and 19 minutes for pedestrians.
The City entered into a contract with CBP to pay agents for the increase in manpower, at an estimated $1.5 million dollar cost. To help offset the costs, the fee for vehicles to cross the bridges was increased by $.50 cents, making it $3.50 for cars and $4.00 for commercial vehicles. The cost for pedestrians to cross the bridges will not change.
Eddie Holguin and Carl Robinson voted against the increase, Representative Michel Noe was not present. Holguin said that the increase sets a bad precedent, and Robinson argued that it should be a federal function and believes that the federal government should pay for the CBP costs.
The fee increase will go into effect January 26, 2014.