CBP announced a pilot program that enhances communication with the public. Authorities spoke to our Brownsville Bureau about the initiative.
US Cuss and Border Protection will be transmitting messages from a pilot am radio station transmitter at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville.
Agent Eddie Perez, CBP Spokesperson, said it will benefit the traveler by letting them the wait times for each of the Brownsville ports of entry.
Information will be broadcast in English and Spanish on the radio station 1610 AM.
Agent Perez says that aside from crossing times, CBP will announce information at the national and local levels.
“Once the driver is within the 5 mile radius of the transmitter, they will benefit greatly,” said Agent Perez.
In the past few months, international bridges have reportedly received bomb threats. And this program could serve to maintain safety. Agent Perez says they are prepared to alert the public of any high-risk situations or threats.
“Then, we’re hoping it proves effective and will spread to the other crossings,” said Agent Perez.
The radio station will be operating during the hours of 8:00am-10:00pm.
Brownsville is one of the six areas installing this pilot program.
Officials will gather feedback to determine the effectiveness.
Jessica Solis, FOX 2 News