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.