Otay Mesa, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced today that they are increasing the hours of operation for the Otay Mesa Ready Lane starting tomorrow, November 23.
Beginning Wednesday, the Ready Lane will now operate from 4 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to midnight on the weekends. The expansion of hours will help alleviate extended wait times during this upcoming holiday travel period. Previously, the Ready Lane closed at 8 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. during the weekends.
"We are keeping the Ready Lane at Otay Mesa open later in response to increased demand, and hope that these shorter wait times will continue to persuade others to obtain an RFID-enabled travel document," said Bruce Ward, assistant port director of the Otay Mesa port of entry. "With more travelers using these documents, coupled with traffic optimization at the port of entry, we are ensuring travelers experience significant time savings."
Initial data shows on average that a Ready Lane inspection is 15 seconds less per vehicle. In essence, travelers utilizing the Ready Lane will experience a shorter wait time.
"Currently, approximately 25 percent of vehicles crossing the Otay Mesa Port utilize the Ready Lanes. By using these lanes, travelers contribute to the facilitation of shorter wait times for entering the U.S., "said Bruce Ward, assistant port director.
For additional information on what to expect when entering the country at a port of entry, document requirements, and prohibited or restricted items, travelers can visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. (CBP)