Border cameras help commuters plan ahead

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SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — Crossing from Tijuana into San Diego at San Ysidro border can take hours, but some are finding new ways to cut their wait times.

Like most commuters, Greg Yova has spent a good amount of time waiting at the San Ysidro borderline.  Depending on the day, wait times at San Ysidro have been known to go as long as four hours.

“You could literally die in your car and they wouldn’t find you for a few days because the traffic is so bad,” Yova said.

IScreen Shot 2013-06-24 at 7.01.32 PMn search of a time saving solution, Yova has started working with businesses in Tijuana to set up web cameras that stream live pictures of the border traffic.

“You can take a look at the line – and you’re familiar with the area – you’ll know instantly how long the wait is,” Yova said.

It’s meant to help people like Juliana Andrades, better plan their day.

“You never know exactly how long its going to take, sometimes I only get a couple hours of sleep just so I can be at the line early,” said Andrades.

A recent survey by the San Diego Association of Governments shows border traffic delays cost the economies of the U.S. and Mexico more than $7.2 billion and about 83,000 jobs annually.

“What I used to have to do is go two hours early, just in case it was a bad line,” said Yova who is working to put up more and better quality cameras.

And while he admits its no real solution to the issue of border wait times, he hopes it can help some people.

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