SANDAG and Caltrans, along with a number of key local, state, and federal agencies in the United States and Mexico,
are working aggressively to expedite the construction of an innovative port of entry in the San Diego-Baja California
region with the objective of dramatically reducing border wait times. Insufficient capacity at existing border
crossings in the region costs the United States and Mexico billions of dollars in foregone economic output each year.
Hours-long delays are undermining productivity and industry competitiveness at the regional, state, and national levels.
The State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (POE) Project is employing several innovative financing and intelligent
transportation system (ITS) tools to deliver border infrastructure that would provide fast, secure, and predictable
crossings via tolled approach roads on both sides of the border. The tolled roads would seamlessly link a new
state-of-the-art POE to the regional highway system. By applying variable tolling to the approach roads to the
Otay Mesa East POE, the region aims to achieve the goal of operating the new crossing with an average 20-minute
wait time while also generating sufficient revenues to finance most of the project. Based on demand estimates
derived from an investment-grade Traffic and Revenue Study completed in 2014, the new POE could generate toll
revenues of $4.2 billion (in constant 2012 dollars) over a 40-year period. About 75 percent of the revenue
would come from passenger vehicles, and the remaining 25 percent would come from commercial vehicles. It is
estimated that nearly 90 percent of the toll revenue collected at the proposed POE would come from northbound
vehicles; the remaining 10 percent would be collected from southbound vehicles.
The tolls generated from the project will serve multiple purposes:
Innovative hallmarks of the project include:
Recent project milestones include:
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