Easier Border Crossing

Easy Peasy

BorderFacility-400x271.jpgArtist’s conception of pedestrian terminal in Otay Mesa, just inside the United States. Passengers flying out of the Tijuana airport will check in here, and then hike across the 160 yard pedestrian bridge, hauling their luggage behind them, ending up directly inside the TJ airport. This saves them from parking in private lots in Otay Mesa, taking a shuttle to the border, then dragging their rollies down a sidewalk for about 500 yards, and then hailing a cab to the airport. That cab costs about $10 if you dash across a very busy street with no traffic light, or about twice that if you take a cab from the safe side of the street.

But the real savings in time will be returning. Walking across the border into the United States is an ordeal, made worse by all the Mexicans who have visas to come into the States, which they use to go to the head of the line. Hopefully this pedestrian bridge crossing will be restricted to flyers only.

The $78 million project has been in the works since October 2013 and is expected to be operational by this coming November.