By Mario Conde
As of this Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will open a new Ready Lane at the Calexico East port of entry for travelers who have a travel document enabled with Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, technology.
Travelers would be able to cross to the U.S. in less than two minutes.
The CBP said in a press release that The Ready Lane is a lane for vehicle traffic that only accepts RFID-enabled cards. The new Ready Lane at the Calexico East border crossing will be open Monday through Friday to include weekends from 6 a.m. till Midnight. In order to use this dedicated lane, all adult passengers in the vehicle over the age of 16 must present an approved travel card. The U.S. Passport Card, SENTRI card, the new Legal Permanent Resident “green card” and the new Border Crossing Card are all RFID-enabled documents. Travelers do not have to be pre-approved to use this lane.
“RFID-enabled cards allow our officers to screen travelers faster,” said Chris Maston, Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego. “By having a lane designated just for travelers with these cards, we can reduce the time everyone spends waiting to enter the country, and encourages legitimate business and tourism for our communities on both sides of the border.”
CBP recently opened Ready Lanes in Otay Mesa, California, Blaine, Wash., Nogales, Ariz. and Progreso, Texas and has plans to implement additional Ready Lanes at the Lukeville, Douglas, and San Luis ports of entry over the next few months.
In related news, the government of Mexico has approved funding in the amount of $100 million pesos, a package of 300 million pesos, to start bidding in two weeks in Mexicali for the vaulting of the New River for the new port of entry on the Mexican side. Carlos Flores Vázquez, Secretary of infrastructure and Urban Development said that the approval has already been delivered by the Ministry of Finance which also includes the widening of the bridge on Reforma Street.