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?