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San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study

The final San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Study (SYITC) was accepted by the SANDAG Transportation Committee on Friday, June 20, 2014. The study identifies a concept for a potential future multimodal Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) in the vicinity of the San Ysidro Port of Entry (POE) and includes a financial feasibility analysis and strategies for development of the ITC.

Overview

SANDAG and the City of San Diego, in collaboration with Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and the San Ysidro community, conducted a study to identify a multimodal concept for a world-class ITC in the vicinity of the San Ysidro Port of Entry (POE). A financial feasibility analysis was conducted and strategies were 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 produced 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 included a comprehensive effort to evaluate opportunities and constraints in the study area, case studies of other domestic and international ITCs, and developed a commercial market analysis to identify supportable commercial development concepts. The study also included an analysis of off-street parking. Input from the community, partner agencies, and other stakeholders was sought throughout the study process to develop a preferred ITC concept. A cost estimate, phasing plan, and implementation strategy were developed for the preferred ITC concept.

Public Involvement

The study greatly emphasized community input in order to guarantee its success. The public had an opportunity to provide input, review, comment, and ask questions throughout the development of the ITC alternatives and implementation strategy. Stakeholder input was 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) are accessible on this web page. Additional input also was sought through an online survey and comment tool and through meetings with community stakeholder groups. 

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.

Downloads

May 2, 2014, Transportation Committee: San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study report and presentation

April 25, 2014, Borders Committee: San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center Study report and presentation

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

Tanner French, Associate Traffic Engineer, City of San Diego
Phone: (619) 236-6576; Email: tfrench@sandiego.gov