There are many reasons why the Puerto Verde Global Trade Bridge is needed. Here are some of the primary factors.
In 2021, The Texas Department of Transportation released its Texas-Mexico Border Transportation Master Plan that found:
For U.S./Mexico trade, the Eagle Pass / Piedras Negras port of entry is ranked:
Puerto Verde will utilize the latest technologies to increase non-intrusive inspection rates (e.g., X-rays) from approximately 20% today to 100% in the future to prevent the movement of illicit materials and drugs such as fentanyl across our border. Additional compliance and technology requirements will not only improve border security but reduce wait times as well. This first-of-its-kind secure rail corridor will also be completely fenced and monitored. The secure rail corridor significantly reduces risks of theft, vandalism, and unauthorized transport.
Technology Used for Security: X-rays
Rail Corridor Fenced and Monitored? Yes
Preventative Measures Will Reduce: Drugs and Illicit Materials Movements, Theft, Vandalism, Unauthorized Transport
We need additional trade corridors like Puerto Verdes to meet today’s economic realities—and tomorrow’s. According to projections by the Texas Department of Transportation, Eagle Pass’s only dedicated commercial motor vehicle border crossing already serves twice as much traffic as it was designed to handle. By 2050, traffic will be at 714 percent capacity, and wait times are projected to grow by more than 7,000 percent—to 7-9 hours per vehicle.
Do we need additional trade corridors? Yes
If nothing is done what are the current projected wait times? 7-9 Hours Per Vehicle
Capacity prediction by 2050 without action. 714%
The facility will be a functionally lean next-generation port with simplified state-of-the-art scanning, a strategic location that allows commercial vehicles to bypass high-traffic residential areas, and the ability to operate 24/7— reducing wait times and improving inspection of commercial loads.
Functionally Lean? YES
State-of-the-Art Scanning? YES
Operation Times: 24/7
Shorter wait times at border crossings mean fewer CO2 emissions. Reduced wait times in Eagle Pass will prevent an estimated 100M lbs. of annual CO2 emissions from idling trucks.
Shorter Wait Times? YES
Will this project reduce CO2 emmissions? YES
Estimated amounts of reduced CO2: 100M lbs