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GSA unveils transit center concept at San Ysidro community workshop

By Javier Fernandez

On June 2, 2015, GSA unveiled the design for the new multimodal transit center on Virginia Avenue at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry. The Virginia Avenue Transit Center (VATC) will introduce much-needed public transit access to West San Ysidro and will be a valued asset for the community and traveling public. Located adjacent to the planned pedestrian crossing, the transit center will accommodate buses, taxis, pedicabs and privately owned vehicles for passenger pick up and drop off.

“The Virginia Avenue Transit Center will fill a critical need in the transportation system in San Ysidro,” said Anthony Kleppe, GSA Senior Asset Manager. “For the first time, there will be a dedicated place where pedestrians crossing the border can be safely picked up by friends or family. The new transit center will supplement the trolley station on the east side of the port and will provide travelers additional public transportation options.”

The $8 million facility was jointly funded by GSA, the Federal Highway Administration and Caltrans District 11, which allocated Coordinated Border Infrastructure Initiative funds. This collaborative effort involved close coordination between the community, local businesses, federal agencies, Caltrans, the City of San Diego, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and numerous transportation and planning professionals.

During the community workshop, GSA provided an overview of the planned facility and sought input from the San Ysidro community on the proposed design. The workshop was held at Casa Familiar’s The Front facility and was well attended by members of the community who expressed excitement about the project. With the community’s feedback in hand, GSA will soon begin the procurement for the project’s design-build contractor. The contract for the VATC project will be awarded later this year, and its completion is anticipated to occur concurrently with the opening of the new PedWest pedestrian facility.

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