Knowing land border wait times at the various ports of entry into the United States from both Canada and Mexico can aid the traveler in making an informed decision on when and where to cross the border. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Border Wait Time (BWT) app provides estimated wait times and open lane status 24/7 at ports of entry that process commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles, and pedestrians. The BWT app breaks down wait times at each crossing by lane type (Standard, Sentri, FAST, Ready Lane, Nexus, etc.). The BWT app is a free service provided by the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
- Updated the user interface.
- Added ability to select the traveler type.
- Added historic trend for the day of the week.
- Added “Plan Ahead” feature that allows users to get historic wait times by month or for holidays
Ratings and Reviews
Really disappointed in update
I used this app on an almost daily basis as I live in Mexico. Yes, accuracy was not 100% but most days it was close. But this update is useless. First, I lost all of my favorites. When I click on a port of entry to add it back, the entire app shuts down. Next, because I cross so frequently, I liked having the passenger and pedestrian data available on one page. Now I have to go back to the settings to switch it to see the different times. Maybe someday I will be able to add both to my favorites, but that is waiting on the ability to keep the app open long enough to do anything with it.
Governmental Idiocy at its Best
The update to this otherwise absolutely efficient and reliable app turned out to be nothing but a huge pile of governmental idiocy at its best. Navigation used to be simple, you would add your favorites, and you could see both passenger and pedestrian porch crossings at a glance. With the new app, you have to switch from the settings from passenger to pedestrian, quite the hassle. As of June 22, 2019, it works fine on iPhone 8 but it crashes continuously for iPhone 7. Way to go you imbeciles!
It’s great for seeing what the shortest wait time is. Brownsville TX has four bridges. The latest update only allows you to see vehicle wait times. If you want to see pedestrian wait times you have to change the settings. It should allow you to see both passenger and pedestrian wait times so you can decide if you want to drive or walk across into the US.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.