Customs Opens New "Fast" Lane at Otay

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    Traffic in the US enters Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing, in Tijuana, Mexico. The new Ready Lane will be at the Otay Mesa entry.

    The new Ready Lane opened Monday at the Otay Mesa border crossing to speed up travel for people traveling into the U.S. from Mexico.

    Only travelers whose travel documents are embedded with Radio Frequency Identification will be able to use the Ready Lane. The lane will be open from 4 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    "RFID-enabled cards allow our officers to screen travelers faster," said Chris Maston, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego in a press release. "By having a lane designated just for travelers with these cards, we can reduce the time everyone spends waiting to enter the country, and encourages legitimate business and tourism for our communities on both sides of the border."

    The U.S. Passport Card, SENTRI card, the new Legal Permanent Resident "green card" and the new Border Crossing Card are all RFID equipped and approved for use in the Ready Lane.

    Customs has already opened Ready Lanes in Blaine, Wash., Nogales, Ariz. and Progreso, Texas.