The Cross Border Xpress is officially open for travelBy Dania Vargas Austryjak
Pedestrian skybridge connecting Mexico and USA
Early this year, we reported that the Tijuana International Airport and Otay Mesa, San Diego where being connected by a long pedestrian skybridge, the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), the first of its kind in the Americas; it’s a simple and easy way for people to get to the other side of the border in one of the busiest international crossings between Mexico and the U.S.
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As of December 9, 2015 the CBX is officially open for travel, only available for passengers with tickets to fly out of the airport within 24 hours, or those who have flown into the airport and want to use the bridge within two hours after landing. Other areas of the terminal are open to the general public who are dropping off or picking up passengers.
Being a highly transited border crossing point, it is common that those who want to cross take a 15-minute drive and then wait for several hours to enter San Diego; in contrast, the CBX only takes an approximate of 5-minute walk up to a U.S. border inspector.
This privately-operated project was possible because of the geographic location of the Tijuana International Airport, given that it was built a few steps from the international line back in the 50’s; "It's an amazing accident of geography," said Stanis Smith, the terminal's architect, quoted on an article by the USA Today.
During the welcome week, from December 9 to the 18, the crossing fee will be waived, after the 18th, the price for a one way crossing will be of $18 dollars for adults and with a 20% saving for Seniors 65+ and children in the ages from 3 to 12; children under 2 do not have to pay the fee.
Carlos Laviada, an investor in the project, stated “CBX will transform the border crossing experience for millions of travelers… We started the planning and approvals for CBX over eight years ago, and it has garnered incredible support on both sides of the border. Intercountry travel for leisure and business is a critical economic driver for this entire region.” quoted on an article from Business Wire.
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