CrosT Help

CrosT is an application that provides border crossing times for the United States and Canada. While this data is available on the internet, CrosT provides the information conveniently formatted, in your language. CrosT can also tell you where the nearest crossing is and allows you to bookmark the crossings you are most interested in.

Accessing a wait time report.

Depending on how the report selection is ordered, you may either select the report you wish to view directly or may need to select it as part of a geographically organized, alphabetical list.

Organizing the reports

To view a list of port locations from nearest to farthest using the built-in GPS, select the “list/nearby” drop-down in the upper right and choose “nearby.” You will be presented with a list of ports ordered from nearest to farthest based on your current location.

Organized by List (the default for first time use)

If youve selected List in the “List/Nearby” drop-down in the upper right, youll see a list of countries to enter.

  1. If you select Canada, youll see a list of Canadian border cities. If you select USA, the list of border cities is organized by Northern (entry via Canada) or Southern (entry via Mexico).
  2. Select a border city.
  3. If a border city only contains one port of entry, that port of entrys report will be displayed. Otherwise, you may select from a list of ports in the selected city.
  4. To view a wait time report, simply select the port and CrosT will display the latest wait time information for the selected port.

Organized by Nearby

If youve selected Nearby in the “List/Nearby” drop-down in the upper right, youll see a list of ports, organized by their distance from your current position, with the nearest at the top of the list. To control how many reports are visible and the radius in which these reports, please see the preferences panel. To view a wait time report, simply select the port and CrosT will display the latest wait time report for the selected port.

To control how frequently CrosT will automatically update your location, please see the preferences panel. To update your location immediately, select the refresh button in the lower right corner of the screen.

The report

The wait time report shows at most, three types of wait times, organized by lane type: Commercial, Passenger and Pedestrian. If a port does not process a type of traffic, that type will not appear on the report. Within the various types, for data from the United States, there are two further classifications: Expedited and Standard. For travelers entering the United States from Mexico, “Expedited” refers to SENTRI (for passenger vehicle) or FAST (for commercial vehicle) lanes. For travelers entering the United States from Canada, “Expedited” refers to NEXUS (for passenger vehicle) or FAST (for commercial vehicle) lanes.

To view the location of the port with the Google Maps application, select the View This Port On Map button. Note that Google Maps may not always be able to provide a route from your current location to the selected port.

To remember frequently visited ports, you can add a bookmark for easy access later. Click the bookmark icon with a plus next to it in the lower left corner of the screen (next to the visit bookmarks icon).

To control how frequently CrosT will automatically update wait time data, please see the preferences panel. To update the wait time data immediately, select the refresh button in the lower right corner of the screen.

Bookmarked reports

To remember frequently viewed wait time reports, you can add a bookmark for easy access later. In the report you wish to bookmark, click the bookmark icon with a plus next to it in the lower left corner of the screen (next to the visit bookmarks icon).

To access frequently viewed wait time reports, from any page, click the bookmark button in the lower left corner of the screen.

The Preferences Panel

  • Wait Time Update Interval determines how often CrosT will automatically update the wait time information.
  • Location Update Interval determines how often CrosT will automatically update your location information with GPS for listing nearby ports.
  • Maximum Range for Nearby determines the maximum distance limit for the Nearby list. Ports beyond this distance will not be displayed in the Nearby list. CrosT calculates the distance as the crow flies, so this is a general limit.
  • Number of Stations in Nearby List determines the number of ports that are displayed for selection in the Nearby list.
  • Distance Units determines units of measurement that CrosT uses (miles or kilometers).

Additional information about the data

Currently, only the United States and Canadian governments provide this data via the internet and only for larger ports of entry. In most cases, it’s not relevant to travelers entering Mexico, since vehicles and people that are undergoing inspection are pulled out of the inbound lanes. We are currently exploring what options exist for determining average inspection times once Mexican customs officials select a traveler for, or a traveler requests inspection when entering Mexico.

Data from the United States has been standardized in the case of facilities for “frequent” or “pre-cleared” travelers. For travelers entering the United States from Mexico, “Expedited” refers to SENTRI or FAST lanes. For travelers entering the United States from Canada, “Expedited” refers to NEXUS or FAST lanes. Individual station reports also include hours of operation. At the most frequent, United States Customs and Border Protection updates its reporting data once an hour. This is why one hour is the most frequent update setting available.

The Canada Border Services Agency does not provide information regarding the the number of lanes open, though they do provide separate lines for Commercial and Passenger vehicles. These facts are reflected in the individual station reports.