People crossing the border notice the change when they pay for the crossing


Cross-border commuters may have seen a sign as they make their payment to cross the bridge in recent days, as the city posted a notice that the bridge system no longer accepts peso coins for border crossings.

As of Jan. 1, the city recently passed a bridge system policy that prohibits people crossing the border from paying with peso coins, although peso bills are still allowed. While some people were aware of the changes, some were surprised.

“Just before I crossed the bridge I saw this lady coming towards me and she said if I could exchange her 21 pesos for $1 to cross the bridge and she told me because they no longer accepted Mexican change” , Monica said Guadalupe Valdez. “As I approached the counter to pay, I saw the new sign announcing the change and was really surprised. Personally, I really don’t mind since I always pay with a dollar, but I wonder how other people who used to give change handle that.”

Though Valdez says she doesn’t mind the changes, other people don’t feel the change was necessary.

“I don’t see why they should make this change as peso coins are still money and they matter,” said Beatrice Sandoval. “This could also make it difficult for many first-time travelers to get to the area, and even banks may now need more currency to exchange. I just think it was unnecessary, but I’m sure the city has their reasons for doing so.”

Though some people continue to not fully support the idea, Gabriel Ramirez – who tends to use a vehicle primarily to cross the border – says he understands the change to a degree. He says it was necessary because bridge workers often didn’t have enough change to give back to people crossing the bridge, and when they did, many had to give them a mix of Mexican and American currency.

“Every time I cross, the person at the bridge will give you back American currency if there isn’t enough Mexican currency, and while I didn’t mind, I know plenty of people who have, especially for people who haven’t.” often cross over to the United States,” Ramírez said. “The same would also apply to people paying in American currency and then getting pesos, which I don’t think would appeal to a lot of people who don’t cross often. Therefore, on the crossing from Mexico to over here, it is clear that no mix change will be accepted, and that is how it should be here.”

Ramirez hopes that in some ways this will make the process of entering Mexico much quicker, especially during the busy period of traffic entering Mexico, which typically begins around 5 p.m. each day, as this is the busiest time when cars enter Mexico daily drive in

As the change continues to impact travelers, Valdez also sees the change as something necessary, considering it’s easier to pay with bills and also convert currency back to American money or pesos in bills.

“It makes the job of those on the bridge easier and in a way it makes it easier for people not to get unnecessary change but instead get bills back and hopefully a faster travel time,” Valdez said.

The current fee for crossing the bridges by vehicle is $3.50 per vehicle and $1 per pedestrian.

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