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Recently, four new southbound lanes through the Mexican border station at San Ysidro were opened. The new lanes, in addition to the previously functional six inspection lanes, represent a partial fulfillment of Baja's master plan to accommodate more tourism in Tijuana, Rosarito, Ensenada, and points further south.

One of the principal goals of Tijuana business leaders since the September 11, 2001, attacks on America has been to facilitate border crossing both north and south; to expedite traffic flow while increasing border security.

Several months back, the installation of electronic license-plate-reading equipment in four crossing lanes reignited business groups’ complaints that traffic congestion at the border has dissuaded tourists from crossing into Mexico, aggravated returning Mexicans, and resulted in the loss of millions of dollars in business for both countries. Wait times of up to two hours became commonplace.

Though southbound commuters and tourists heading into Mexico now have 10 lanes of crossing access while northbounders into the U.S.A. have a total of 24, the 4 new lanes have allowed for more rapid crossings.

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Founder July 21, 2010 @ 3:47 p.m.

During these tough times both Countries (and especially Mexico) should be waving folks in to shop and have fun, so they will spend some of their hard earned money and provide jobs for local shop keepers on both sides of the border...

Both Countries are worried about smuggling but it seems that despite huge amounts of money spent inspecting, tons of illegal things are going both ways often and will continue to do so until someone figures out a better way to monitor border traffic...

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David Dodd July 21, 2010 @ 5:02 p.m.

Twenty billion dollars per year, and that's a government estimate, so double that and I think it's closer to accurate. The cartels should take out full-page ads and thank America for their drug habits.

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