U.S. Customs and Border Protection port director Sidney Aki emphasizes to the City of Laredo that in addition to the 1.7 million commercial trucks and over one million rail cars that entered Laredo from Mexico last year, passenger vehicles that came in through Laredo and the over forty thousand buses with over a million passengers brought in customers who spend money in our city. Aki says, "But I do also want to take the time to, especially during Semana Santa, to talk about passengers. passenger vehicles, buses and pedestrians: it is huge. last year 4.8 million passenger vehicles passed through our bridges.” Aki stresses that those people coming into our city are integral in supporting a growing economy in the gateway city. Aki says, "Everything we do, our entire economy here is, contributed to those four point eight million vehicles entering our ports of entries.” Aki stresses that the commerce being brought into our city is visible right when one enters Laredo. Aki says, "Look at the Valero, right past bridge two, business is booming.” The incoming traffic at the border on Holy Thursday is typical of the normally busy travel day. Customs and border protection field operations advises to be extra prepared this spring travel season. a passport is the preferred travel document. As the traffic rolls in with easter travelers, so do people who will be eating, buying gas, and spending their money in Laredo.