Ribbon Cutting for San Luis Border Crossing Lanes

Ribbon Cutting for San Luis Border Crossing Lanes

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   SAN LUIS, AZ – They brought out the big scissors today. A ribbon-cutting ceremony recognized the latest improvements at the San Luis border crossing. Two new northbound lanes are expected to shorten wait times at the border.

    Two lanes officially opened August 23rd, shortly after the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based "Ready Lanes" began operation. Several federal and state agencies took part in today's ceremonies.

   Ruth Cox is a Regional Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration.

   She says the two new lanes and the ready lanes have made a significant difference in wait times at the San Luis border.

   "I think they've come down somewhere between 25 and 50 percent. It really is going to depend on the time of day. I think that the example that the mayor gave today about being able to get across the border in just minutes to get his tacos on the other side is a good example of dramatic change, so he actually went from an hour or more to a couple of minutes," shares Cox.

   After the ribbon cutting ceremony, a reception was held at the San Luis Cultural Center. Dozens of people attended the event. Many were recognized for their contributions during the construction of the two new lanes.

   In addition to the GSA, representatives from Arizona's Department of Transportation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection were on hand. The event was also attended by San Luis Mayor Gerardo Sanchez and Arizona's 7th Congressional District Representative, Raul Grijalva.

   While pausing briefly today to acknowledge recent accomplishments, future improvements are already in the works.

   "We have a southbound lane that we're going to be opening up as well, so an additional southbound lane. We need to work on the pedestrian side of things, and so we had quite a bit of discussion while I was in town this week," say Cox.

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