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California to Open Additional Border Crossing in 2014

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, December 8, 2008 - “Today I am pleased to announce that the State Department has authorized Otay Mesa East to be a third crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California. This crossing will facilitate safe and secure trade and travel between the United States and Mexico and reduce delays at the border.

“The two existing San Diego crossings at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa process a massive flow of traffic. In 2007, 20 million passenger vehicles, 738,000 trucks, 145,000 buses, and 9.1 million pedestrians crossed into the United States at those two ports of entry alone. The crossing will help to address what the California Department of Transportation estimates to be some $4.2 billion in annual regional losses caused by delays at the border.

“Recognizing the need to reduce such delays, the California Department of Transportation requested a Presidential permit to open a crossing at Otay Mesa East. Per established procedure, the Presidential permit was approved by the State Department on November 19 and issued by the General Services Administration today, December 8. Today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the decision in a ceremony at Otay Mesa.

“Otay Mesa East will ensure that pedestrians, passenger vehicles, and trucks get to their destinations in the United States more quickly. The California Department of Transportation plans a $600 million project to build the port of entry and a connected road, which are planned for completion in 2014.”

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