'Ready Lane' Speeds Border Travel for 150,000-Plus Erie County Residents

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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'Ready Lane' Speeds Border Travel for 150,000-Plus Erie County Residents

January 12, 2012 Updated Jan 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM EDT

(WKBW release) The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs on Thursday welcomed the New Year by reminding border travelers of the “Ready Lane” that is now available at the Peace and Rainbow Bridge U.S. Customs plazas.
This exclusive lane feature – for motorists possessing Radio Frequency Identification technology-enabled travel documents – will help expedite the inspections process for the more than 150,000 Erie County residents who already hold a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant Enhanced Driver’s License or Passport Card. NEXUS card holders are also eligible.

“Erie County remains a leader in RFID-enabled document enrollment and the addition of a Ready Lane at the Peace Bridge is a great new benefit for the many Enhanced Driver’s License and Passport Card holders in our region,” Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs said in a news release. “Not only are Enhanced Driver’s Licenses and Passport Cards convenient travel documents that can be stored in your wallet or purse, but they now grant you the valuable benefit of exclusive lanes and expedited processing at area border crossings.”

The Peace Bridge U.S. Customs plaza “Ready Lane” is operational from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In addition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection  actively monitors lane usage and can expand the hours of operation as necessary to meet traveler demand.

“The fee for an Enhanced Driver’s License is an additional $30 to the standard cost and the cards remain good for eight years,” said Clerk Jacobs. “You can apply for them at any local auto bureau location, and Enhanced Non-Driver Identification cards are also available.”

The following documents can be used for “Ready Lane” conveyance:

* Enhanced Driver’s Licenses (EDLs) or Enhanced Identification Card (EICs)

* U.S. Passport Cards

* Trusted Traveler cards for the NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST programs

* New Permanent Resident Cards

In order to use the “Ready Lane,” all adult passengers over the age of 16 must possess and present one of the above listed travel documents. Travelers are also reminded of a few simple steps to follow as they access the exclusive lane:

* When approaching the inspections area be sure to adhere to all respective stop signs and lane restrictions, then remove approved travel cards from their protective sleeves (if applicable), and hold them up with the flat front face of the card toward the driver’s side windows. The RFID-enabled cards will be read automatically while the vehicle proceeds slowly to the inspection booth.

Stop at the inspection booth and be prepared to present the cards for all travelers in the vehicle to the CBP Officer.