Mariposa port expansion draws praise - The Packer

Mariposa port expansion draws praise

03/13/2014 02:40:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

The commercial truck side of the port operates from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. During the peak winter vegetable months — January-March — the port also has limited Sunday hours, depending on need.

Lane openings are adjusted ahead of anticipated traffic patterns to reduce delays and back-ups, he said.

“We have enough officers to match the number of lanes,” he said. “As the volume of trucks increases and the volume of work increases, the staffing increases.”

In addition, the expansion project included increasing private vehicle lanes to 12 from the previous four, adding a dedicated bus inspection lane and installing computerized kiosks to speed pedestrian entry, Agostini said.

Customs and Border Patrol officers also check trucks southbound into Mexico, but he said they don’t have a permanent facility for that duty. Instead, they use mobile equipment and alternate locations based on intelligence reports from internal sources as well as from other agencies, Agostini said.

“We do that randomly because once they know you’re there, you’re not going to catch anything,” he said.

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