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Comprehensive Borders Projects

Impacts of Border Delays at California-Baja California Ports of Entry

In 2021, SANDAG, in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC), completed the Impacts of Border Delays at California-Baja California Land Ports of Entry study.

Building upon previous studies and data collected in the border region, this study assesses the economic and air quality/climate impacts caused by border delays at California-Baja California Ports of Entry (POEs): San Ysidro- Puerta México, Otay Mesa-Mesa de Otay, Tecate-Tecate, Calexico West-Mexicali I, Calexico East-Mexicali II, and Andrade-Los Algodones. The study also estimates future impacts that consider planned border infrastructure investments including the Otay Mesa East-Mesa de Otay II POE.

The study includes recommendations for reducing border delays and associated impacts including further investment in POE infrastructure and physical capacity, strategies for improving operations, enhancing transportation access and services connecting to a POE, and long-term strategies for supporting binational coordination and planning. These recommendations also align with State of California goals and objectives noted in planning efforts such as the 2016 California Sustainable Freight Action Plan, 2020 California Freight Mobility Plan, and the 2021 California-Baja California Border Master Plan.

Study Report Volumes

Volume 1: Background and Summary Findings
Volume 1: Appendices
Volume 2: Economic Impact Analysis Report
Volume 2: Appendices
Volume 3: Emissions Impact Analysis Report

Project Manager

Rachel Kennedy, Corridor Planning Manager
Phone: (619) 699-1929, Email: rachel.kennedy@sandag.org