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Hotline provides traffic conditions at ports of entry

November 05, 2001

CALEXICO — Prospective border-crossers can call 768-2383 to find out wait times at local ports of entry

The recently wired U.S. Customs Service hotline will be updated hourly or whenever traffic conditions change.

At 8 a.m. this morning, a pre-recorded voice greeted callers with, "Good morning."

The voice said 10 lanes were open for traffic at the downtown Port of Entry with a wait time of 45 minutes.

At the Calexico East port, four lanes were open and the wait was 30 minutes.

The voice then gave out the same information in Spanish.

U.S. Customs Port Director Bonnie Lemert said, "We want to encourage travelers to use this free resource to help them plan their trips to the U.S. from Mexico."

Information concerning the commercial cargo facility at the east port is not included in the service, nor is the pedestrian wait time.

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