San Ysidro Port of Entry’s New PedWest Facility, Transit Center Opens
SAN YSIDRO, Calif.– Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony near the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) to commemorate the opening of the PedWest pedestrian processing facility and the Virginia Avenue Transit Center. Speakers from both the U.S. and Mexico joined the federal government in celebrating the new state-of-the-art northbound pedestrian infrastructure that was recently constructed by GSA. Speakers highlighted the great collaboration between the two countries and their stakeholder agencies as well as the important role these facilities will play in the San Diego – Tijuana region.
“One cannot exaggerate the significance of the largest-ever pedestrian expansion to the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere,” said GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth. “Management of land ports of entry is one of the General Services Administration’s most important missions. These facilities are a crucial strategic national investment, helping secure our borders, and contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the American economy.”
PedWest is an approximately 22,300 gross square foot pedestrian processing facility on the west side of the San Ysidro LPOE with twelve northbound lanes and two reversible lanes. This facility will complement the new pedestrian infrastructure planned for the east side of the port which will be constructed during the next phase of construction.
“CBP is pleased to open this brand new facility together with our partners,” said Sidney Aki, CBP Port Director of the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry. “As part of the larger infrastructure changes at the San Ysidro port of entry, we are looking forward to additional improvements to come in the next several years, helping to facilitate legitimate travel between Mexico and the U.S.”
The Virginia Avenue Transit Center is a multimodal transit center that