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Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 | I am in agreement with Richard Kiy on the position that a binational air shuttle between the Tijuana Rodriguez airport and the transportation hubs of San Diego (Santa Fe depot and Lindbergh airport) would be a tremendous benefit to travelers.
As a businessman and tourist, I travel to Mexico frequently. The air service to Mexican cities offered by Rodriguez airport is vastly superior to anything offered by Lindbergh field. The proximity of the Tijuana airport to San Diego, its convenient, low cost parking and frequent non-stop flights to Mexico’s larger cities make it the No. 1 airport choice for me and my business. Add in low cost air fares and the argument that we should develop regional transportation to the Rodriquez airport is very strong. The only caveat is that the U.S. border crossing by vehicles has become unbearable; taking three hours the last few times I crossed. It took longer to cross the border into the U.S. than my flight took to travel 1200 miles in Mexico.
Addressing the delays in border crossing will have to be addressed if this transportation system is to have any chance of succeeding. So a convenient, inexpensive, fast mass transit system linking the regional transportation hubs of San Diego and Tijuana seems a reasonable first step to explore the development of a binational airport system.