A major project began Monday to help integrate Ready Lanes at the El Paso Ports of Entry which will make traveling through the international border faster.
The project began at the Ysleta Port of Entry on Monday and will continue on April 3 at the Paso Del Norte and Bridge of the Americas crossings.
The project includes about 700 to 1,000 feet of flexible bollards at each of the international crossings starting at the international boundary and continuing to the base of the bridge. Signage and gates will also be installed.
“Ready Lane processing is generally about 30% faster than non-Ready Lane traffic,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “We only achieve that benefit when Ready Lanes are only used by those possessing Ready Lane documents.”
The BOTA and PDN projects will allow 8 to 10 of the port’s 14 passenger vehicle lanes to be designated for Ready Lane usage. Ysleta’s project will allow 4 to 6 of the ports 10 non-SENTRI passenger vehicle lanes to be designated.
CBP defines Ready Lanes as one in which all passengers age 16 and older have an RFID enabled document for rabid reading. Ready Lane RFID enabled documents include the U.S. Passport Card; Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry and FAST cards); the new Enhanced Legal Permanent Resident Card or new Border Crossing Card (B1/B2); the Enhanced Driver’s License; and the Enhanced Tribal Card.