Fast Lane for Border Crossings

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US and Mexican officials say the opening of a new lane at a Laredo border bridge should speed crossings for prescreened travelers.

Monday's opening of the lane at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge should also help trade relations between Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Participants in the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection program are screened to make sure they're a low-security risk for passage to and from Mexico.

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

Officials say crossing times for program participants could be reduced from 40 minutes to as little as two minutes.

SENTRI lanes are already in place in El Paso, and they're planned for Hidalgo and Brownsville.

Interested travelers can apply for the program at the Laredo Port of Entry at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge.