CALEXICO, CALIF.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will expand the hours of operations of the vehicle Ready Lanes at the Calexico East port of entry starting Tuesday, September 3.
The new hours of operation for the Ready Lanes will be from 3:00 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to midnight on the weekends. The current hours of operation for the Ready Lane are 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.
"We are expanding the Ready Lanes hours at the border crossing 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 Pete Flores, director of field operations in San Diego. "With more travelers using these documents, coupled with traffic optimization at the port of entry, we are ensuring travelers experience better efficiency through quicker processing times."
For the month July at the Calexico East port of entry, 51 percent of all vehicle traffic used the Ready Lanes, and 13 percent used the SENTRI lanes. The Ready Lanes are about 20 percent faster than the general lanes. In essence, travelers utilizing the Ready Lanes will experience a shorter wait time.
Travelers may also consult the CBP website to monitor border wait times. Information is updated hourly and is useful in planning trips and identifying periods of light usage and or shorter waits. Travelers may also monitor wait time information hourly for the Calexico ports of entry by calling (760) 768-2383.
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.