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Caltrans District 11 joined U.S. Ambassador Ken Salazar,
Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis, U.S. and Mexican
dignitaries, and business leaders today to celebrate a “California
Day” reception in Mexico City where SANDAG, along with the state of
California, signed a binational Toll Revenue Sharing Agreement with
The agreement is a legally binding document that will establish the revenue split between the U.S. and Mexico for the toll affiliated with the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry.
“This new agreement, which I signed as a witness today, will bring economic prosperity to our cross-border region,” said Lt. Governor Kounalakis. “The Otay Mesa East Port of Entry is a vital link in our nation’s supply chain and in creating thousands of jobs. This historic revenue sharing agreement solidifies the joint commitment of California and the Government of Mexico to boosting trade and creating jobs.”
Today’s signing strengthens the state’s bilateral partnership with Mexico, helps advance key border projects and initiatives, and brings the San Diego-Baja California region one step closer to an innovative new border crossing. The future facility will reduce wait times, curb emissions, power economic growth, and bolster binational trade along the busiest border region in the Western Hemisphere.
“The signing of the revenue-sharing agreement for the operation of the new Otay Mesa East Port of Entry is another major step toward realizing a vision for border security and efficiency that’s been 20 years in the making,” said SANDAG Vice Chair and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. “The reduction in border wait times will have a substantial positive economic impact and will improve quality of life for the people in our binational mega-region.”
By signing the Toll Revenue Sharing Agreement, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to various revenue sharing strategies, including a single toll collection point on the U.S.’s side of State Route 11, a set toll rate by SANDAG Board of Directors, and finalizing North American Development Bank as custodian and distributor of the toll funds.
The signing of the Toll Revenue Sharing Agreement comes off the heels of the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry receiving a $150 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which will go towards financing the construction of the new border crossing facility and related transportation infrastructure.
“The economic, social, and cultural power of our binational region depends greatly on the strong relationships and collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico,” said SANDAG Transportation Committee Chair and San Diego County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Nora Vargas. “As Chair of the Transportation Committee for SANDAG I am proud to have signed this historic revenue-sharing agreement to help advance the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry. This project will increase cross-border mobility, create jobs, strengthen our supply chain, and help us reach our climate goals.”
The California Day reception encapsulated the long-standing relationship that California and Mexico have as well as their joint commitment to invest in border initiatives that foster bilateral trade growth, enhance mobility, and reduce emissions for the Baja California-California mega region, an economic engine for the State of California, United States, and Mexico.
About the State Route 11 Otay Mesa East Port of Entry project
The SR 11 Otay Mesa East Port of Entry project is a joint venture between SANDAG and Caltrans in collaboration with state and federal partners in the U.S. and Mexico to create a 21st-century border crossing for the San Diego-Baja California mega-region that will enhance regional mobility and fuel economic growth and binational trade.
The proposed border improvements will provide fast, predictable, and secure border crossings by constructing a four-lane, tolled road connecting directly to a state-of-the-art Customs and Border Protection Land Port of Entry and a California Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility.
Additional improvements include:
1. A new border wait-time detection system
2. Advanced traveler information to improve route planning
3. An optimized port of entry capacity to decrease congestion and wait times
Caltrans’ mission is to provide a safe and reliable transportation network that serves all people and respects the environment. District 11 in San Diego and Imperial counties serves one of the country’s most geographically and culturally diverse areas, spanning the entire California-Mexico Border from the Pacific coast to Arizona and reaches north from the international border to Orange and Riverside counties.
SANDAG is the regional agency that connects people, places, and innovative ideas by implementing solutions with our unique and diverse communities. We are committed to creating a San Diego region where every person who visits, works, and lives can thrive.
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority (Airport Authority) will host eight virtual “Meet the Primes” events between September 14 and 30.
First introduced in 2015, “Meet the Primes” is a free annual event for the business community to connect with and learn from, the Airport Authority, the Airport Authority’s partners, San Diego’s small business support service centers, and public agencies.
Eileen Maher, Director of Environmental Services
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It’s that time of the year when Chula Vista business owners can renew their business license. All currently issued business licenses will expire on December 31, 2022, and must be renewed by January 31, 2023 in order to avoid penalties.Renew Business License
This time of year, everyone gets ready for the changing seasons – and
the Water Authority is no exception. We started our annual “shutdown
season” this week.
That means for the next six months, sections of our large-scale aqueducts will be taken offline for maintenance to ensure a safe and reliable water supply.
SCEDC Joins San Diego Regional Chamber on their Deligation to Mexico
The South County EDC is proud to join the San Diego Regional Chamber
on their delegation to Mexico. Thank you to our Chair of the Board
Patricia Alvarez for representing on behalf of the SCEDC.
Nearly 100 business, community, and government leaders from San Diego and Baja California are in Mexico City this week to champion U.S.-Mexico relations and advance issues critical to the success of the binational business community.
After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual Binational Delegation to Mexico City is back with a list of priorities to advance the border region. The group started their meetings today with a discussion on the economy, USMCA, and the U.S.-Mexico relationship with Roberto Velasco, Chief Officer for North America from the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE). Following that meeting representatives from the delegation joined together for a press conference to share trip priorities.
Flu season has arrived and County health officials are encouraging San Diegans to familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of influenza, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their family members.Read More
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