CBP Plans Ready Lane Swap at Ysleta Crossing
EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso port of entry will change the designation of Ready Lanes at the Ysleta port of entry next month. CBP managers are sharing the news now so the public will be aware when the change occurs.
“We have studied the traffic flow and it appears that the current configuration causes back-ups and reduces the many benefits Ready Lanes deliver at other locations,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director. “This change will prevent back-ups and reduce Ready Lane wait times.”
Under the current configuration, general (non-Ready) lanes are designated on the western portion of the crossing (left side when entering) while Ready Lanes are designated on the east side of the crossing next to the two SENTRI lanes (right side). This configuration causes congestions right before the lanes split.
To address the traffic congestion issues Ysleta will swap locations of the Ready Lanes and general lanes. Switching their locations will allow Ready Lane traffic to flow freely into the left side of the port without being impacted by general lane back-ups. The segregated SENTRI Lanes would remain and not be impacted.
“We can easily change the LED signage which advise drivers what type of traffic each lane processes,” said Good. “Changing the behavior is the challenge however we expect most border crossers to quickly realize that a change has been made.”
Travelers who use the Ready Lane will have the benefit of a shorter wait time versus using the general lanes of vehicle traffic because of the RFID technology. While the wait time will not be as short as the lanes for pre-approved, low-risk SENTRI travelers, those using the Ready Lanes can generally expect to see wait times that are significantly shorter compared to using the general traffic lanes.
In FY 2016, Ready Lane waits averaged five percent shorter than waits in the general lanes. While Ready Lanes provide a wait time benefit to travelers, they also assist CBP. Because
Ready Lanes are more efficient than general lanes, they process more vehicles (about 23 more) per hour than general lanes.
Since the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, June 1, 2009, U.S. and Canadian citizens entering the United States by land or sea from Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, are required to present a valid, WHTI-compliant document. Using a WHTI-compliant document that is an RFID-enabled travel card allows for more efficient processing of travelers at the border, since RFID technology allows CBP officers to receive information about travelers faster.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.