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CBP Dedicates Ready Lane at Eagle Pass, Furthering Program's Success

Release Date: 
May 17, 2011

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, together with municipal officials in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Monday dedicated the latest Ready Lane on the Southwest border and the first to incorporate a full array of elements designed to more efficiently process travelers.

The combination of the Ready Lane, paired with LED signage above the lanes and a new paint scheme within the lanes is designed specifically to optimize facilitation of traffic at border crossings. The Ready Lane alone has averaged 15- to 20-second faster processing times per vehicle allowing for wait times to be reduced.

A traveler in the new Ready Lane at the Eagle Pass port of entry displays her RFID-enabled card while approaching the CBP inspection booth

A traveler in the new Ready Lane at the Eagle Pass port of entry displays her RFID-enabled card while approaching the CBP inspection booth

The new Ready Lane, located at Eagle Pass Bridge 1, is designed to speed up processing for travelers that possess radio frequency identification technology-enabled cards such as the U.S. passport card, SENTRI/NEXUS/FAST card and the newer versions of the resident alien and laser visa/border crossing cards. All travelers in the vehicle over 16 years of age must possess an RFID-enabled card to use the lane, however each traveler can possess a different type of card.

Because CBP officers needs real-time access to traveler's biographic and biometric data to make a rapid and thorough admissibility decision, the RFID chip in these cards can be read as the vehicle queues for inspection at the border.

Director of Field Operations Chris Maston addresses the media before opening the Ready Lane at the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego.

Director of Field Operations Chris Maston addresses the media before opening the Ready Lane at the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego.

When a vehicle enters the RFID reader's vicinity, the tag signals the secure database so traveler information is displayed to the CBP officer as the vehicle pulls up to the inspection booth. The CBP officer can look at the results quickly and focus on the individuals in the vehicle as opposed to scanning documents, which is better for officer safety and faster processing.

This dedication marks the third Ready Lane opened in the South Texas area and the ninth nationwide to include: Peace Arch in Blaine, Wash.; Del Rio, Texas; Ambassador Bridge in Detroit; Ysleta-Zaragoza Bridge in El Paso, Texas; Lukeville, Ariz.; DeConcini crossing in Nogales, Ariz,; Donna Rio-Bravo Bridge in Progreso, Texas, and Otay Mesa in San Diego. With the success of the implemented lanes thus far, CBP plans to continue adding Ready Lanes nationwide.

For more information about the Ready Lane: (Get You Home)

Last modified: 
February 8, 2017