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Border Officials Adding Fast-Pass Program for Pedestrians

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Aired 4/19/09

People who want to cross the border more quickly on foot will have a new option come September. Customs and Border Protection will add a fast-pass program for pedestrians at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

The expedited crossing or SENTRI program for pedestrians is like the vehicle SENTRI program.

Participants will have to pass a background check and submit fingerprints. They'll also have an in-person interview with a Customs and Border Protection official and pay $122.

Once approved, they'll be able to walk from Tijuana to San Diego through a special lane reserved for SENTRI users.

Customs Spokesman Vince Bond says SENTRI pedestrian users will also be allowed to ride across the border with someone who's vehicle is registered.

Bond: And people who are currently vehicle SENTRI participants need do nothing. Come September 9th, if they feel so inclined, they can walk through the pedestrian facility Sentri lane.

Federal officials say the SENTRI application process takes between six and eight weeks.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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