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Privately-Funded Border-Crossing Bridge Moves Forward in Tijuana

Excerpt from U-T San Diego

Sep 08, 2013 3:01 am

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If completed, this would probably lower airfares into San Diego, as Tijuana would become a competitive alternative with only minor added hassle for those entering, or staying within, the United States.

— Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

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A 525-foot-long pedestrian bridge would connect the Tijuana International Airport directly with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Otay Mesa, California. Screenshot


A long-standing plan for a cross-border bridge used exclusively by passengers of Tijuana international airport is moving forward, with developers announcing this week that they have started construction on the Mexican side despite Mayor Carlos Bustamante’s continued opposition.

The privately developed project, dubbed the “Gateway to Las Californias,” consists of a 525-foot-long pedestrian bridge connecting the A.L. Rodríguez International Airport directly with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection station in Otay Mesa…The developers envision that by the end of 2014, ticketed airline passengers who pay a toll will be able to cross the U.S.-Mexico border within minutes in both directions.

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