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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 11:24pm
El Paso, Texas (KDBC) — Tolls may not actually have to go up at the border to lower bridge wait times. That's the word from El Paso officials, as the city explores possible funding sources for a pilot program aimed at reducing wait times.
In the city's request to be considered, leaders said El Paso would raise tolls at the Ysleta and Paso Del Norte ports of entry from $2.50 to $3 to fund more Customs and Border Protection officers to fully staff lanes and lower wait times, but city leaders say they'd actually like to avoid that and find other funding sources instead.
Regardless, the city says its committed to the program. "Yes, of course we are. We are very lucky we were one of five pilot programs chosen throughout the entire nation. We believe this pilot program will help to move the traffic between the borders," said Deputy City Manager Jane Shang.
Shang says the city is hoping to pursue funding through the Metropolitan Planning Organization and other federal funding sources to try and limit toll increases. The city has until September to submit a funding plan for the $2.5 to $3 million program.