The long awaited bridge to walk from parking in the US to the Tijuana airport has been built. It is expected that the customs and immigration facilities will open by the end of 2015. The enclosed bridge is 390 feet long and has divided north/south corridors. Ticketed passengers will be able to walk across between the United States and Mexico, avoiding lines at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry.
The bridge was built using private funds and cost an estimated $120-million USD. The developer, Otay Tijuana Venture, LLC, is calling the project “Cross Border Xpress.” A fee for using the bridge has not been released but previous estimates run as low as $13 USD up to $20 USD, per passenger.
A new app developed by the University of California, San Diego will tell you the best time to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. For all of you with smart phones, this free app can be downloaded from your app store. The name of the app is Best Time to Cross the Border, and it gives border crossing wait times for standard, Sentri and Ready lanes for both vehicles and pedestrians. It includes all borders for Mexico and Canada, and includes live web cam views.
This app is different from other border crossing wait times apps, in that in addition to providing current wait times to enter the US from Canada and Mexico, it also tells you what is the best time to cross the border, via graphs, based on the average wait times for the past three months.
Over that past few months there has been talk of developing a way to get from Otay Mesa in San Diego that will feed directly to the airport in Tijuana (TIJ) It appears the pedestrian bridge may move forward with construction to start as Spring 2013. If the bridge is built it could mean more US travelers may be willing to use the Tijuana airport as they will have fewer struggles with parking or transportation.
For more details see the article in UT San Diego
BajaMed fusion movement is catching on. See the entire story here: Fusion Cuisine
Also see the story about Restaurant Misión 19.
Many great restaurants are a short way from the San Ysidro or Otay Mesa border crossings.
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