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Mexican Southbound Screening Snarling San Ysidro Traffic

Mexico's screening of cars headed south across the U.S. Mexico border into Tijuana is snarling traffic on San Ysidro streets and on freeways in the South Bay. It can take an hour and a half to cross into Tijuana during peak hours.

Long waits are nearly synonymous with crossing the border north from Tijuana to San Diego. Waiting twenty minutes or more to cross south into Tijuana is also becoming customary.

The back up begins around three in the afternoon and doesn't go down some evenings until after nine.

Ben Hueso, who represents San Ysidro on the San Diego City Council, said Mexico has the right to screen cars for national security, but its causing economic and environmental problems.

"Our freeways weren't designed to have vehicles backed up two miles from the border," he said. "Traffic gridlock on the neighborhood streets of San Ysidro have been bad for the economy and it has effected our ability to respond to fires in high traffic situations."

Mexico has delayed fully launching southbound screening at the San Ysidro crossing. Customs agents stop all cars for a few seconds but inspect a small percentage.

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Mexico's screening of cars headed south across the U.S. Mexico border into Tijuana is snarling traffic on San Ysidro streets and on freeways in the South Bay. It can take an hour and a half to cross into Tijuana during peak hours.

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superchango | October 29, 2009 at 2:31 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

I live in TJ/Chula Vista and cross the border everyday. The waits have little to do with the southbound inspection and are caused by the customs workers in TJ setting up all kinds of barriers with cones, pickups and metal tubes. People in TJ have been complaining bitterly because of the lack of sensitivity by the customs workers to the people who cross everyday and the people who have stopped going to TJ because of the lines. TJ's Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Tourism Bureau are on the case. There were some changes this monday and the wait has been a lot better. All the agents had to do was use a little common sense.

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