A special lane for low-risk travelers that can reduce waiting times at the border is now open in Douglas.

Government officials and business leaders from both sides of the border hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection, or SENTRI lane, Thursday morning at the Port of Douglas.

The designated commuter lane can reduce wait times by 70 percent, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release said.

The lane is one of the latest improvements to the port of entry to alleviate congestion. Government and business leaders are also working on a plan to develop a new commercial port of entry about four miles west of the downtown location.

The Douglas port of entry was last expanded in 1993 and deemed several years ago as "wholly inadequate" for today's needs by the General Services Administration, an independent government agency that oversees the development and maintenance of most of the land ports of entry owned by the federal government.

Go to www.cbp.gov for information.