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Technical Update

The 2008 California-Baja California Border Master Plan is a binational comprehensive approach to coordinate planning and delivery of projects at land POEs and transportation infrastructure serving those POEs in the California-Baja California region. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Secretariat of Infrastructure and Urban Development of Baja California (Secretaría de Infraestructura y Desarrollo Urbano del Estado de Baja California or SIDUE) and the U.S./Mexico Joint Working Committee (JWC), retained the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Service Bureau to provide the first technical update to the 2008 plan.

The 2008 California-Baja California Border Master Plan developed criteria for prioritizing POE and related transportation projects and rank the mid- and long-term projects. Criteria included quantitative and qualitative indicators that measure current and projected POE travel demand, crossborder trade, congestion at POEs and transportation facilities, as well as cost effectiveness, project performance, project readiness, and regional benefit.

The development of criteria for ranking POE and transportation projects has allowed the California-Baja California Border Master Plan to create a list of prioritized projects within the binational study area.

An important objective of the 2008 California-Baja California Border Master Plan was to establish a process to institutionalize dialogue among federal, state, regional, and local stakeholders in the United States and Mexico to continue identify future POE and connecting transportation infrastructure needs and coordinate projects. As part of this effort, it was determined that Caltrans and SIDUE would lead the efforts to conduct periodic updates to the California-Baja California Border Master Plan. The purpose of the 2010 technical update is to provide an opportunity for stakeholder agencies to incorporate information on new planned projects, transmit changes to projects already submitted, and report on completed projects. The updated project list could serve as a guideline to identify projects of importance within the California-Baja California border region.