New San Ysidro pedestrian entry opens

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SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — A pedestrian crossing being built at the San Ysidro Port of Entry began operating Friday.

The facility known as “PedWest” will service northbound pedestrians into the United States initially. Border crossers who pass through will be able to access public transportation nearby on Virginia Avenue.

Processing for southbound pedestrians into Mexico will begin at a later date.

Officials said around 25,000 pedestrians enter the U.S. daily at San Ysidro, the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere. Lines during peak periods can force waits of a couple of hours or more.

According to the U.S. General Services Administration, the pedestrian facility is part of a $735 million renovation of the border crossing that will continue to at least 2019.