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Published April 06, 2012, 08:01 PM

Expanded 'Trusted Traveler' Program Means Faster Lines at Canadian Border

(WDAZ-TV) - A lot of travelers will be crossing the Canadian border this holiday weekend and lines to get through customs can be long. But with the Trusted Traveler Program, lines will move a little faster.

(WDAZ-TV) - A lot of travelers will be crossing the Canadian border this holiday weekend and lines to get through customs can be long.

But with the Trusted Traveler Program, lines will move a little faster.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expanding its Trusted Traveler program. Those who are pre-screened will be able to cross the borders with a few less steps.

Sharon Gaidy and Sheila Eyolfson are from Winnipeg. This holiday weekend the ladies are taking a trip down to Shooting Star Casino.

"We just have a great time on the bus, everybody is in a good mood and ready to get away for the weekend," Gaidy said.

"It's a getaway, relaxation and time for me," Eyolfson said.

This isn't the first time the two have had to cross the Canadian border and lines can get long.

"Especially on long weekends, people, the line ups are crazy," Gaidy said.

There are several programs that are helping travelers get across the borders a little faster. The Global Entry, Fast and NEXUS programs allow passengers to have more self-service options. In Pembina, there is a specific lane for those with a NEXUS card.

"When you cross here in Pembina, when they drive up the lane, they can hold their card up. And then it will read it automatically. So, it's one less step. The officer doesn't have to type it in manually," U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Chris Misson said.

The pre-approved, pre-screened card allows faster processing, moving traffic along faster than ever before.

"It has advantages as like using the dedicated lane and they're RFID capable, that's one of the big advantages, it can be read on the RFID readers," Misson said.

Customs agents say they have seen more people taking advantage of this program. Keeping travelers happy.

"They scan your card or your passport and that's it. It's been pretty easy," Eyolfson said.

Travelers can enroll in the programs at centers in Pembina, Warroad and International Falls.

NEXUS memberships are $50 and Global Entry, which allows passengers to enter the United States using automated kiosks at airports, is $100.

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