Pedestrians will soon be able to use the PedWest in both directions at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
It’s the final phase of the largest-ever pedestrian expansion to the border entry between the U.S. and Mexico, considered the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere.
Jason Wells with the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce said right now the transit center only allows people to cross into the U.S. An average of 20,000 people crosses on foot into the U.S. at San Ysidro each day.
However, the crossing will be open in both directions by July 31.
In late September, vehicle lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry will be closed for two days during construction.
He's encouraging people to try the new crossing then.
"People will now have options depending on where they are going," Wells said.
The pedestrian processing facility is on the west side of the port of entry and includes 12 northbound lanes and two reversible lanes.
The San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce plans to hold a "Ped Fest" in September to encourage people to use the entrance.
The nearby Virginia Avenue Transit Center will serve as a terminal connecting people with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System’s blue line trolley and buses, and will also function as a pick-up and drop-off point for pedestrians at PedWest.
The center, located on the west side of the pedestrian bridge, allows for commuter vehicles as well as buses and taxis.