Fast Lanes to Mexico

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Special traffic lanes for prescreened US/Mexico commuters will open in Brownsville and Hidalgo next month.

The so-called Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection system is known as SENTRI.

The system is already in place in: El Paso; Nogales, Arizona; and Calexico, Otay Mesa and San Diego, California.

Participants must supply documents and undergo interviews to be
added to a database indicating they're considered a low-security risk for passage to and from Mexico.

The program costs 129 dollars per person, or up to 258 dollars per family.

SENTRI-registered vehicles have a transponder that beams passenger information to U-S inspectors as the vehicles approach a booth.

A testing phase for the new lanes starts August first. The official opening is set for August 23rd.

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