iPhone App Lets You Plan Your Border Crossing By Choosing the Best Time


If you frequently travel into the United States (from Canada or Mexico), Best Time to Cross the Border may become the most valuable app on your iPhone. Using historical graphs (taking an average of the wait times for the past three months awhile analyzing historical trends) and real-time reporting (using iReport), this app can advise you how many open lanes there are at particular ports as well as the wait times for passenger, commercial and pedestrian lanes!

According to Ganz Chockalingam, principal development engineer for the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology:

“Travelers routinely run into traffic jams getting into the United States, especially from the most popular crossing points with Mexico. You may not be able to reduce the congestion, but with a little help from our app, you can make an informed decision about when and where you want to cross the border if time is a factor.”

Apps like this are very valuable because they actually serve to give you part of your life back –any less time spent waiting in a traffic jam is always a good thing, particularly when you have a million other better things to do.

Unfortunately the app only provides US entry times so you are on your own heading home.

You can download Best Time to Cross the Border for free from the App Store.

Do you have any favourite apps that save you time in your day-to-day life?


  • vic

    meh, border buddy seems like a better option still

  • anon

    Just check the borderlinups website or app, to view border cams. Much more accurate info.

  • Hank

    “… using historical graphs”

    soon as people start downloading and relying on this app, the “historical” data will no longer be a valid basis point. trend will move and boom!

    epic fail i’d say. lots of webapps with camera around. “real time”

  • 1His_Nibs1

    Is this app only compatible with iOS 6? Thanks.

  • Mike

    The historical graphs are based on a set time range and are regenerated on a regular basis. If the trends start to change, a shorter time range can be used to allow for the newer data to be seen.