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Binational Community Celebrates Completion of San Ysidro's Northbound Vehicle Lanes

November 10, 2014

GSA, CBP’s project brings efficiency and reduced crossing times to the port

November 10, 2014

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. – Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) to commemorate the completion of Phase 1B of the port’s modernization and expansion project. Guests from both the U.S. and Mexico joined GSA; CBP; San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazaran; Cónsul General Remedios Gomez Arnau; Congresswoman Susan Davis; Deputy Chief of Mission Laura Dogu, U.S. Embassy in Mexico; and California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins in celebrating the state-of-the-art improvements that have been completed at the San Ysidro border crossing since beginning Phase 1B in February 2011.

Phase 1B expands the port’s capacity to 25 northbound vehicle lanes with 46 primary inspection booths (double stacked) and includes a secondary inspection area canopy and construction of a new headhouse building for CBP operations. The work has already improved efficiency and significantly reduced northbound vehicle traffic since opening for testing in mid-September. The additional capacity has dramatically decreased wait times. Previously, travelers in general lanes could wait as long as two to four hours during peak periods. With the new construction, wait times are frequently as little as 40 minutes.

Key Facts:

  • Location: 720 East San Ysidro Blvd. San Diego, CA 92173-3116
  • Project size: ~ 240,000 Gross Square Feet; ~ 50 Acres (Project Area)
  • Total Funding: Approximately $735 Million; Plus $6 Million in ARRA Funds
  • Primary Tenants: U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection (CBP) U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Overall Project Objectives:

  • Increase vehicle and pedestrian inspection processing capacities at the San Ysidro LPOE
  • Reduce northbound vehicle and pedestrian queues and wait times to cross the border
  • Improve the safety of the San Ysidro LPOE for vehicles and pedestrians crossing the border, and for employees at the LPOE
  • Modernize facilities to accommodate current and future demands and implementation of border security initiatives, such as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program (US-VISIT), and the Secure Border Initiative (SBI)
  • Provide facilities to enhance mobility and multi-modal connections in San Ysidro
  • Reduce southbound vehicle queues and wait times to cross the border during “pulse and surge” operations
  • Lower idling times for drivers and reduce emissions
  • Enhance infrastructure to serve the San Diego Regional Economy
  • Invest in the San Diego region

GSA Pacific Rim Regional Administrator Ruth Cox:
“It’s through projects like this that GSA has made great strides in modernizing our nation’s federal infrastructure. This project will not only speed the processing of vehicles and eventually the processing of pedestrians; it also plays an important role in stimulating the local economy through job creation and the employment of small businesses. In Phase 1B, over 1,500 workers were employed and small businesses were awarded 55 percent of subcontracts, exceeding GSA’s goal of 41 percent.”

Pete Flores, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Diego:
"As America's first line of defense, CBP is not only committed to protecting and securing our nation's borders, but also facilitating and welcoming travelers from all over the world through our facilities. The San Ysidro port of entry when fully complete will serve as a model for what can be accomplished with improved infrastructure, increased efficiencies and partnerships dedicated to having an effective border process."

San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer:
“This ribbon cutting represents a celebration of new opportunities for our City. By allowing for the free flow of goods and work across the border, the San Ysidro Port of Entry is a critical link for thousands of people to access jobs and opportunities in both Mexico and America.”

California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins:
“I was impressed with the progress at the San Ysidro Port of Entry when I took a tour of the construction site in September. It held such promise for a better future of reduced wait times and better service for the busy mega-region we have become. This is just the beginning and it shows what a remarkable facility the Port of Entry will be when the entire project is complete.”

The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere; currently processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) projects an 87 percent increase in vehicle traffic in San Ysidro by the year 2030. To accommodate that growth and to better meet the changing needs of the tenant agencies and the traveling public, GSA is conducting a complete reconfiguration and expansion of the port.

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