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City Introduces New Technology to Improve Wait Times, Border Crossing Efficiency

Cross-border commuters in El Paso and Juárez will have access to real-time bridge wait time information as part of an unprecedented program launched by the City of El Paso.

“For the first time, the City of El Paso is giving commuters who travel between El Paso and Juárez the opportunity to access truly up-to-the-minute bridge wait time information through our new Web site,” said Mathew McElroy, Director of the City of El Paso’s International Bridges Department. “This innovative program goes even further by making commuters part of the solution; the Web site is powered by the Metropia smartphone application, which gathers real time information from commuters who are crossing the border 24 hours a day.”

Border crossings in the El Paso-Juárez region are among the most active on the continent. Recognizing the strategic importance of cross-border commerce, travel and tourism, the City of El Paso is leading this regional effort to address congestion.

In the near term that can reduce bridge wait times and air pollution; in the long term information acquired through this program will inform long-term policy decisions and investment in transportation infrastructure.

To further incentivize use cross-border use of Metropia’s smartphone app, Metropia’s navigating capability have been expanded to include address-to-address routing which minimizes congestion in El Paso and Juárez.

In addition to building routes which minimize congestion within each city, cross-border navigation from Mexico to the United States will direct motorists to the least congested border crossing.

Metropia’s smartphone application includes separate wait time information for heavy trucks, private motor vehicles and pedestrians.

City of El Paso Renews Public-Private Partnership with CBP to Reduce Bridge Wait Times

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, City Council agreed to once more renew its public-private partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to allow for the reimbursement of additional CBP staffing to reduce wait times at city-managed ports of entry.

The City first approved the Section 560 Annex agreement with CBP in December 2013. The agreement allowed the City to pay for CBP overtime to reduce wait times by staffing all lanes during peak hours.

The program launched in January 2014.  In 2015, the City agreed to extend the agreement for one year.

“The P3 program clearly reduces border crossing wait times and is vital to the continued economic integration of our region. By paying for additional CBP staffing to keep all lanes open during peak hours we help bolster international trade and commerce, which creates thousands of jobs in El Paso and throughout the rest of Texas and the United States,” said Mathew McElroy, Director of the City’s International Bridges Department.

The program works by allowing the City to pay for additional CBP service hours through tolls.

Since the program began the City has reimbursed CBP approximately $3.1 million for more than 29,000 hours of service. The additional staffing has reduced border wait times by 15 percent for cargo trucks and 14 percent for personal vehicles at city-owned bridges (Bridge of the Americas is currently ineligible for funding).

The program has helped process the some 750,000 cargo trucks and 12.2 million personal vehicles that crossed between El Paso and Juarez in the last year.