By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun
LAREDO, TX .- The so-called Ready Lane junction is a fast lane for people who a have high-tech card, equipped with the system of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
The aim is to speed up crossings into the United States.
Mucia Dovalina, spokeswoman for the federal agency, confirmed that Ready Lane is installed in the first lane on the left side at the entrance to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge.
"This line is exclusively for those travelers have documents such as the new laser visas, the Pass Card, the new American passports, the Nexus card, the new resident card and the new driver’s license,” said Dovalina.
Only those who have any of these documents with RFID technology can make use of the Ready Lane.
Dovalina explained that this program significantly streamlined vehicular movement at other ports such as Eagle Pass and Otay Mesa, which is expected to be of great help in Laredo.
Juarez-Lincoln Bridge suffers from a chronic problem of long lines due to the high volume of traffic, so this program should reduce waiting times significantly.
"The idea is to reduce significantly the waiting time on the bridge and at the same time having safer, intersections because the inspector may identify those who will cross over from before they reach the booth," she said.
To use this technology, people should show their documents to the electronic reader to verify the information and send it to the computer that has the inspector at the booth.
"When travelers come to the house, the agent only verify and ask questions, but will no longer need to see the documents," said Dovalina.