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San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study

SANDAG and the City of San Diego, in collaboration with Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and the San Ysidro community, are conducting a study to identify a multimodal concept for a world-class Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) in the vicinity of the San Ysidro Port of Entry (POE). A financial feasibility analysis will be conducted and strategies identified for development of the ITC.

The San Ysidro Port of Entry (POE) is reported to be the busiest international land border crossing in the world. The POE currently processes an average of 35,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day and these volumes are projected to increase over time. Currently, Trolley, local and regional bus, jitney and taxi operations are located at multiple locations through the constrained area surrounding the POE. An opportunity exists to create a new ITC which would provide a high quality user experience and serve as a welcoming gateway to the United States.

Study Focus

The study will produce a mobility and economic/fiscal feasibility analysis for an ITC concept for evaluation and consideration as part of the comprehensive San Ysidro Community Plan update process. The selected ITC concept will serve as a framework for the development of a grand gateway to the world’s busiest POE.

The study will include a comprehensive effort to evaluate opportunities and constraints in the study area, conduct case studies of other domestic and international ITCs, and develop a commercial market analysis to identify supportable commercial development concepts and a target market orientation for the ITC. The study will also include an analysis of off-street parking and develop two initial ITC alternatives. Input from the community and partner agencies and evaluation criteria will be used to help develop a preferred ITC concept. A cost estimate, phasing plan, and implementation strategy will be developed for the preferred ITC concept and off-street parking resources.

Public Involvement

The study greatly emphasizes community input in order to guarantee its success. The public will have an opportunity to provide input, review, comment, and ask questions throughout the development of the ITC alternatives and implementation strategy. Stakeholder input will be sought at four public meetings scheduled throughout 2013 in partnership with the San Ysidro Community Plan Update Advisory Committee. All project materials, including a fact sheet and public workshop materials (handouts, presentations and more) will be accessible via the study website. Additional input will also be sought through an online survey and comment tool. 

To submit comments regarding this study, please use our online comment form.

Draft San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Design Concepts

Two initial design concepts for a future San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center (SYITC) were presented at the third public meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, and at the Casa Familiar Sin Límites workshop on July 11, 2013.

Community members are encouraged to provide their feedback on the two concepts, which can be viewed here. To submit comments on the SYITC concepts, please use our online comment form.

Survey

Please share your vision of the SYITC and the specific uses you believe should be incorporated in its design by taking this three minute survey. Your input will be reflected in the alternatives developed for the SYITC’s redesign and expansion.

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Community Meetings

The first community meeting was held on January 9, 2013, at Willow Elementary in San Ysidro. The following presentations were given:

San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study
Public-Private Partnerships for Intermodal Transfer Stations
Components of Intermodal Transfer Stations, Visual Preference Study

The second community meeting was held on March 13, 2013, at Willow Elementary in San Ysidro. The following presentations were given:

Market Assessment and Parking Overview
Interactive Exercise
Survey Results

SANDAG also presented at the April 18, 2013, Casa Familiar’s Sin Límites meeting at San Ysidro Community Park. The following presentation was given: Centro Intermodal de Transporte de San Ysidro.

A third community meeting was held July 10, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Colonel Irving Salomon San Ysidro Community Activity Center in San Diego. The public was invited to review and provide feedback on two design concepts for a future SYITC. The following presentation was given: Alternatives Overview.

SANDAG also presented at the July 11, 2013, Casa Familiar’s Sin Límites meeting at San Ysidro Community Center. The following presentation was given: Alternatives Overview.

A fourth community meeting to review a new design alternative based on community imput was held on November 13, 2013, at the San Ysidro Civic Center. The following presentation was given: San Ysidro ITC Options.

Schedule

The initial study efforts will include the evaluation of previous and on-going studies, the creation of a public outreach strategy, and a review of other ITC facilities. The first community workshop will be held in winter 2012. The study, which is anticipated to conclude in spring 2014, will include community outreach, a commercial market analysis, development of a preferred ITC concept, and a cost estimate and phasing plan. The study will also develop a strategy for implementing the preferred ITC concept and off-street parking resources.

Downloads

December 13, 2013, Transportation Committee: San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study report and presentation

November 15, 2013, Borders Committee: San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study report and presentation

September 20, 2013, Transportation Committee: San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study report and presentation

May 3, 2013, Transportation Committee: San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study report and presentation

April 26, 2013, Borders Committee: San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study report and presentation

February 22, 2013, Borders Committee: San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study report and presentation

October 26, 2012, Borders Committee: San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study report and presentation

Project Managers

Rachel Kennedy, Senior Transportation Planner, SANDAG
Phone: (619) 699-1929, Email: rachel.kennedy@sandag.org

Nic Abboud, Associate Traffic Engineer, City of San Diego
Phone: (619) 236-6576; Email: NAbboud@sandiego.gov