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Morning border expansion at Tecate to remain in place

Tecate border crossing
Tecate border crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will extend a program to expedite border crossings at the Tecate port of entry at least through the end of the year, officials announced October 3.

"Our hope is to reduce the wait time for travelers during this upcoming holiday season," said Tecate port director Carlos Silva in a release accompanying the announcement.

Earlier this year, the Tecate crossing began allowing passenger vehicles to utilize the two commercial lines in addition to the usual pair of standard inspection lanes while the commercial port was officially closed from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., doubling the number of stations available to commuters. Throughout the initial phase of the program, officials have coordinated with their Mexican counterparts to divert passenger traffic into commercial lanes during the closure of the truck crossing.

The Tecate crossing, about 26 miles east of the Tijuana port of entry, has rarely surpassed morning wait times of 30 minutes since the extra lanes were made available. Tijuana waits, by comparison, average an hour and a half to two hours.

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The Tecate crossing is far busier than it was thirty years ago. Then it was a rather sleepy spot with a single lane that usually had no appreciable line, and often no line at all. What all that traffic means is that Highway 94 is carrying more vehicles than it was ever designed to handle and that there is a big safety issue, especially since there are many large trucks. When will the state face up to the need to widen that highway and straighten some of the curves?

Oct. 7, 2014

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Tecate border crossing
Tecate border crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will extend a program to expedite border crossings at the Tecate port of entry at least through the end of the year, officials announced October 3.

"Our hope is to reduce the wait time for travelers during this upcoming holiday season," said Tecate port director Carlos Silva in a release accompanying the announcement.

Earlier this year, the Tecate crossing began allowing passenger vehicles to utilize the two commercial lines in addition to the usual pair of standard inspection lanes while the commercial port was officially closed from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., doubling the number of stations available to commuters. Throughout the initial phase of the program, officials have coordinated with their Mexican counterparts to divert passenger traffic into commercial lanes during the closure of the truck crossing.

The Tecate crossing, about 26 miles east of the Tijuana port of entry, has rarely surpassed morning wait times of 30 minutes since the extra lanes were made available. Tijuana waits, by comparison, average an hour and a half to two hours.

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The Tecate crossing is far busier than it was thirty years ago. Then it was a rather sleepy spot with a single lane that usually had no appreciable line, and often no line at all. What all that traffic means is that Highway 94 is carrying more vehicles than it was ever designed to handle and that there is a big safety issue, especially since there are many large trucks. When will the state face up to the need to widen that highway and straighten some of the curves?

Oct. 7, 2014

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