On December 16, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a press release to announce the launch of the Border Wait Time app to help travelers better plan for an excursion over the border. From the release:
The app provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry allowing travelers to make an informed decision of where and when to cross the border. Wait times for pedestrian and passenger and commercial vehicle crossings are broken down by lane type (standard, SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, Ready Lane, etc.).
App users can download the app for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play, per the release, and it does not require registration or input of any personal information for use.
Also, users should be relieved to know that “CBP does not store or have access to any [personal] information” when travelers use the app, so you don’t have to worry that the government is tracking your movement or compiling data on your travel plans. (We’re looking at you, NSA).
The release notes that the Border Wait Time app is only one of several measures that CBP is taking to make cross-border travel safer and more efficient. Check out the link for the full CBP press release, more info on the app, and the other ways that CBP is looking to help travelers out.