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Changes to International Bridge Toll Rates Take Effect September 1

A new initiative aimed at expediting cross-border vehicular mobility at international bridges managed by the City of El Paso will go into effect on Friday, September 1.

Motorists, commercial and non-commercial, crossing into Juárez through the Stanton or Ysleta/Zaragoza ports of entry will see a 50 cent increase in bridge tolls if they pay with cash.

Fees will not change for motorists, who pay bridge tolls through the Automatic Vehicle Identification label program. Pedestrian bridge tolls also are not affected.

“In our ongoing efforts to expedite traffic at the bridges and to encourage motorists to utilize our Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) label program, a $.50 increase for cash transactions will be implemented effective September 1,” said Paul Stresow, assistant director of the City’s International Bridges Department. “Cash transactions are more labor-intensive and slow down the lines; we encourage motorists to take advantage of convenience of the AVI label program.”

On an annual basis, more than 5 million vehicles, commercial and non-commercial combined, travel into Mexico through these two ports of entry. The change to bridge tolls will help reduce the amount of time vehicles spend idling in traffic and will improve cross-border mobility.

The change was recently approved as part of the City’s budget process.

Motorists may sign up for the Automatic Vehicle Identification label program by visiting the Toll Plaza Office, at the Ysleta/Zaragoza port of entry. To learn more visit the webpage or call (915) 212-7540

Students at 59 EPISD Campuses will get Free School Lunch, Breakfast

Students 59 El Paso Independent School District campuses will get free school lunches and breakfasts thanks to national program aimed at providing more nutritious meals students.

Laura Durán, EPISD’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services, announced that the District once again will participate in the Community Eligibility Program from the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The Community Eligibility Program, or CEP, provides breakfast and lunch to all children at no cost and eliminates the collection of meal application for free, reduced-priced and paid students meals.

“The application process can be cumbersome for some families, and we know that there are many of our schools that will have a majority of the students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals,” Durán said. “This program gives us the opportunity to reach as many students as we can in order to give them a nutritious meal that will help them be ready for instruction.”

The CEP targets schools with high volumes of students who would already qualify for free or reduced-priced meals based on income or other eligibility requirements.

The schools participating the program are:

• Elementary Schools: About Face, Alta Vista, Aoy, Barron, Beall, Bliss, Bonham, Bradley, Burleson, Burnet, Clardy, Clendenin, Coldwell, Collins, Cooley, Crockett, Crosby, Douglass, Dowell, Fannin, Moye, Hawkins, Hillside, Johnson, Lamar, Lee, Logan, Moreno, Newman, Park, Putnam, Powell, Rivera, Roberts, Rusk, Schuster, Stanton, Travis, Whitaker and Zavala.

• Middle Schools: Armendariz, Bassett, Canyon Hills, LaFarelle, Charles, Guillen, Henderson, Magoffin, Morehead, Terrace Hills, Wiggs.

• High Schools: Austin, Bowie, Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson, Telles Academy and the College, Career and Technology Academy.

Students attending schools not participating in the CEP may qualify free and reduced-price meals through the traditional application process. Each school in EPISD, as well as the Food and Nutrition Services Department, has a copy of the eligibility rules and guidelines policy that are used to determine participation.

Applications may be picked up at each campus, or they may be downloaded from the EPISD website at www.episd.org under the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Applications are also available in at the Food and Nutrition Services office at 6531 Boeing.

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