To provide safe, convenient, efficient and reliable cross border mobility at an appropriate cost, while facilitating international commerce.
About the bridges:
The City of El Paso International Bridges Department manages three of the region's international ports of entry- the Paso Del Norte, Stanton and Zaragoza. The border crossings connect El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, the world's largest international border metroplex.
The U.S. sides of these ports of entry are owned by the City of El Paso and they operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2011, more than 3.6 million passenger vehicles, 4.2 million pedestrians and 300,000 commercial vehicles crossed into Ciudad Juárez through the three bridges.
Important Information for Travelers
Please visit GetYouHome.gov for important travel information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP developed this site to disseminate critical information to travelers planning to enter or exit the United States.
Ready Lane information comprises a key section of the site. Ready Lanes are dedicated vehicle processing lanes for travelers using Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-enabled documents. Travelers properly using RFID-enabled documents may experience expedited border crossing and shorter wait times.
WEBSITE OFFERS ACTUAL BORDER CROSSING WAIT TIMES
Get timely and accurate data regarding border crossing wait times at http://bcis.tamu.edu.
The website, a user interface for the Border Crossing Information System (BCIS), provides actual border crossing wait times for passenger and commercial vehicles entering the United States through the Ysleta Port of Entry, also known as the Zaragoza bridge. Drivers can also subscribe to an RSS feed for wait times.
ENHANCED INSPECTION SERVICES
Effective January 26, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) through an agreement with the City of El Paso will provide enhanced inspection services to better facilitate trade and travel and reduce border wait times. The agreement allows CBP to provide additional staffing to open all lanes during designated holidays and peak travel periods.
TUNE INTO AM 530
FOR BORDER CROSSING INFORMATION
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a pilot AM radio broadcast system designed to better inform the border crossing public. CBP has installed AM radio frequency transmitters at the Ysleta port of entry in order to communicate important border crossing information to travelers.
Ports of entry
It has four lanes, three for southbound passenger vehicle traffic and one for a SENTRI or Dedicated Commuter Lane (DCL).
The Stanton bridge is also used as a pedestrian crossing into Ciudad Juárez. Buses also use the Stanton bridge for southbound travel.
The most recent renovations were completed in 1990, when it was converted into two bridges. One bridge serves commercial vehicle traffic and the other is designated for passenger vehicle traffic and pedestrians.
The passenger vehicle bridge has five lanes; 2 southbound lanes, 2 northbound lanes and 1 SENTRI or dedicated commuter lane (DCL). The commercial bridge has currently four lanes, two southbound, one northbound and one northbound FAST (Free and Secure Trade) lane. Plans are underway to increase the number of lanes without increasing the bridge width. The redesign will allow the commercial bridge to accommodate two southbound lanes, two northbound lanes and one dedicated FAST lane.