TxDOT partners with City of El Paso to provide real-time border wait times

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:09am

With drivers sometimes waiting up to several hours to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, the Texas Department of Transportation is partnering with the city of El Paso to provide real-time traffic updates so travelers can plan accordingly and avoid long waits.

As Bluetooth devices (in passenger vehicles) and RFID transponders (in commercial vehicles) pass roadside sensors, bridge wait times are calculated and posted at bcis.tamu.edu. Drivers can access this site and make decisions on when to leave based on the real-time wait times. The data is used only temporarily and does not identify actual drivers or their vehicles.

Currently, drivers can utilize the new Bluetooth-generated data for the Ysleta crossing, also known as Zaragoza and located between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. Shippers can access similar data generated via RFIDs at the following seven sites along the border: Ysleta Bridge in El Paso; Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge; Veteran's Memorial Bridge in Brownsville; World Trade and Colombia bridges in Laredo; and Camino Real International Bridge in Eagle Pass. Bluetooth technology also is in use along I-35 in Waco and at the Port Aransas Ferry, where wait times are posted onto digital message boards.
 

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