EL PASO (AP) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials plan to unveil in the West Texas border city of El Paso a new system aimed at shortening the time it takes for pedestrians and vehicles to be processed at ports of entry.
CBP Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar is expected to announce the enhancements to the Paso del Norte crossing on Thursday.READ MORE: Tarrant County Public Health Director Talks With Concerned Moms About Kids, Classrooms And COVID-19
The pilot program includes technology to quickly process pedestrians. Aguilar will also highlight new “Ready Lanes,” a system that rapidly processes vehicles, as well as a shortwave AM radio station that will broadcast border crossing information to travelers.READ MORE: 'Wow, There Goes The Ground': North Texan Wally Funk Shares Story Of Her Dream Journey Into Space
If successful, the improvements will be expanded to other border crossings. Crossing into El Paso from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico can mean standing in line for up to two hours.MORE NEWS: Texas' Latest COVID-19 Wave Climbing Steeper Than Past Waves, State Health Leaders Say
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