On December 14, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the implementation of the pilot program “Ready Lane” which will go into effect Sunday December 19 and run for 90 days.
The “Ready Lane” pilot program will be located at the El Paso port of entry/Ysleta international crossing. It is a primary vehicle lane (lanes 9 and 10) open from 6am to 10pm that only accepts crossing travelers with a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) travel document. Being processed at the “Ready Lane” allows travelers to move through much faster because CBP officers do not have to manually enter the traveler’s information. The US passport, the new Legal Permanent Resident “green card” and the new Border Crossing Card are all RFID-equipped. CBP asks travelers planning to use the “Ready Lane” to remember three simple steps: (1) wait for a signal to move forward into the inspection lane, (2) remove your travel card from the protective sleeve and hold it up toward a window on the driver’s side so it can be read, and (3) stop at the inspection booth ready to present documents for any other passengers in the car.