Bi-national community joins GSA in celebrating San Ysidro’s new pedestrian infrastructure


Last Friday, the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Pacific Rim Region had the pleasure of co-hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry’s new pedestrian processing facility, PedWest, and the Virginia Avenue Transit Center. More than 200 federal, state and local leaders from both the United States and Mexico, including Mexico’s Undersecretary for North America Paulo Carreño King, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States Carlos Sada, and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson joined us for this exciting community event.

While our last major milestone, completion of Phase 1B, was all about vehicle improvements and helping passengers travel through the port in an efficient and timely manner, this celebration was about the people, the community, and the thousands who walk across this border each and every day. It was also a celebration of the great partnership between the two countries and their stakeholder agencies as well as the important role these facilities will play in the San Diego-Tijuana region.

PedWest is an approximately 22,300 gross square foot pedestrian processing facility on the west side of the San Ysidro port with 12 northbound lanes and two reversible lanes. This facility was designed to give travelers an additional crossing option into the United States and will complement the new and expanded pedestrian infrastructure planned for the east side of the port during the next phase of GSA’s overall modernization and expansion project.

The Virginia Avenue Transit Center is a multi-modal transit center that accommodates taxis, buses, and privately owned vehicles dropping off and picking up passengers at PedWest. The transit center was inspired by community feedback on how to improve pedestrian mobility and connects the community to mass transit options through the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System bus line and trolley. Its design and construction was a collaborative effort between the federal government, CalTrans, the city of San Diego and the San Diego Association of Governments.

The San Ysidro project is not just an investment in the port’s infrastructure; it’s a commitment to the economic vitality of the San Diego-Tijuana region, and ultimately the United States and Mexico.

As the ceremony was coming to a conclusion, I was excited to see pedestrians starting to spiral down through Mexico’s temporary walkway, knowing that within a few minutes they would be walking into the United States through PedWest for the very first time. For me, seeing these pedestrians and the MTS buses roll through highlighted the significance of our project and the role these facilities will now play in the San Diego-Tijuana region.

Last Reviewed: 2018-03-12