The work-in-progress overhaul of the San Ysidro Port of Entry got a hefty boost this week when the House Appropriations Committee revealed details of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes money for the third and final phase of the project.
The fiscal year 2014 omnibus bill includes $128.3 million for the border-crossing infrastructure projects California lawmakers have been rallying around for months.
The legislation represents a compromise of both Democrat and Republican priorities. It restores funding for domestic agencies and eases sequester skimping, but shortchanges some agency budgets that Democrats had pushed to be higher. House lawmakers told the Washington Post they expected the bill to go over well on both sides of the aisle.
The influx of money could eventually speed up border lines: Phase III specifically would expand southbound roadways and border facilities.
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According to a September report by SANDAG, San Ysidro is the busiest international border crossing. The agency estimates 2012 saw 55.5 million crossings between Tijuana and San Diego, slight decrease compared with recent years.
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Extending the trolley into Tijuana would seem like the most direct way to improve cross-border travel times and would take some traffic off of I-5. It would also be a lot more effective to do a security check on a person getting on the trolley than on a person in their car crossing the border.
Please keep shining a light on this issue!!! 40 years ago one could drive back and forth from Tijuana in 15 minutes, or less. Now, it's a bloody nightmare. There are so many great things to share with our neighbors to the south, all held back by an antiquated border crossing. Tijuana, Tecate, Ensenada, Rosarito, and the Valle de Guadalupe now have great restaurants, movie theaters, shopping, and sporting events, all well within areas to be visited without fear of the violence we saw years ago.
Thanks for the update Catherine. Has there been any word as to whether the U.S. point of entry in San Ysidro will be relocated closer to where the current Mexico port of entry is located? If I'm not mistaken, Mexico completed its share of the border project last year with what appeared to be a ton of new lanes albeit with an increased chance of a secondary inspection. Right now, one has to drive west off the 5 parallel along the border until one reaches the new Mexican port of entry.