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The San Ysidro port of entry plans to open up five new northbound traffic lanes on Friday, August 16. According to the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat, the new lanes will put San Ysidro at the highest northbound capacity of all time with 25 lanes. The lanes will be directed through an old access road, which was previously known as Puerta Mexico.

Wait times have been a constant struggle at San Ysidro, backing up traffic onto Tijuana city streets. Many cross-border travelers have diverted to the Otay Mesa port of entry or have stopped crossing the border all together.

On Tuesday, August 13, improvements were unveiled at the San Ysidro pedestrian line. New kiosks and a “ready line” have been opened with hopes to speed up wait times.

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Visduh Aug. 14, 2013 @ 8:55 a.m.

This should bring some relief for border-crossers, especially at peak traffic times, with one huge "IF". If all those lanes are actually staffed, it will help. But over the years, the record has been one of a failure to staff all the available lanes during such peak periods. So, it didn't matter how many lanes the gates had, what mattered was how many inspectors were working. If all these physical improvements really make the crossing easier and simpler, that will be good for those who cross frequently. But I wouldn't assume that anything will really change much.

For me, it will not make a difference. I've not crossed at the San Ysidro POE (or any other POE on our southern border) for about a decade, and have no plans to do so again.


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