As we reported last week, a new bus route will be in place in June of this year. In addition in the next couple of years, MTS will be working on setting up a new bus loop (Route 925) between Otay Mesa and Imperial Beach with electric buses.
Boosted by a $41 million grant awarded from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), MTS will purchase 11 zero-emission articulated buses to operate service on the newly proposed Rapid 925 route. Rapid 925 will be a 25.3 miles round trip between the Otay Mesa Transit Center and Imperial Beach, providing a direct connection to the UC San Diego Blue Line. Operation of Rapid 925 would be funded by MTS through another SB 1 grant program. Additional funds will be destined to improve the existing stops along the new Rapid 925 to the standard of stops in the existing MTS Rapid network. Improvements include lighted shelters with seating, electronic signage with real-time arrival information, as well as curb pop-outs to provide more room for waiting and boarding passengers at some locations.
TIRCP funding is provided through Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and from the proceeds of the Cap and Trade program which will help modernize the MTS system, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety.
Thank you MTS for investing in our region.
The City of San Diego received a $6 million grant for the Otay Truck Route Phase IV. This project will allow the City to improve the additional “border fence” road by adding an emergency lane.
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MEXPORT’s Inaugural B2B Sessions include major manufacturers and service providers such as Plantronics, Kyocera and Jensen Meat, in addition to a variety of industry representatives from the medical, aerospace, furniture and electronics industry.
Major services and components being sought out include labels, packaging, plastics, copper and steel wiring, trucking and specialized logistics services.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet with these companies. Get your booth now and participate in the B2B sessions at no extra cost.
Our member Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC) has begun using specialized post-processing services from Pasha Automotive Services at the National City Marine Terminal.
Toyota Tacoma trucks arrive via auto hauler to National City Marine Terminal from TMMBC’s. Following processing and accessorization, the Toyota Tacoma trucks will then be transported from National City via Pasha Hawaii’s Jones Act roll-on/roll-off vessels to Toyota dealers in Hawaii, or via rail and auto hauler to dealer destinations across the Continental U.S. and Mexico.
Marijuana Production Facilities have applied for Conditional Use Permits to operate facilities in Otay Mesa.
Unlike marijuana dispensaries, which are limited to four per City of San Diego District, marijuana production facilities are limited to 40 within the City of San Diego and they are approved through a Conditional Use Permit process. The application process can be found here.
- Organizations, such as the Chamber, and businesses would have the opportunity to voice support or concerns at the Otay Mesa Planning Group, the City Planning Commission, and City Council.
- The CTPAT office within Customs and Border Protection has made the following statement.
- Marijuana production facilities are only eligible to be considered if they are located in properties zoned IL-1, 2 or 3 or IH-1 or 2. Properties under the International Business and Trade, IBT-1-1, are not eligible.
- There are currently 9 applications in Otay Mesa moving forward in the permitting process and the proposed facilities are located at: 9731 Siempre Viva Road, 2335 Paseo De Las Americas, 2275 Michael Faraday Drive, 2365 Marconi Court, 1515 Laurel Bay Lane, 9870 Marconi Drive, 9874 Via de la Amistad, 9565 Heinrich Drive, and 2220 Niels Bohr Ct.
Attention Trucking Companies: Don’t miss this interesting article about how electric trucks have evolved and are now viable economically and could even save you money while reducing carbon emissions.
Trucks are the lifeblood of commerce. Perhaps nowhere is that more true than in the San Diego region, where the economy thrives on the movement of goods between the United States and Mexico. While the truck traffic is vital to our region’s economy, it’s also a major source of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The good news is that with today’s advanced battery technology, businesses can both save money in operating costs and reduce local vehicle emissions by switching to electric trucks.
In recent years, electric vehicle (“EV”) technology – particularly battery technology – has come down significantly in cost, while also improving in performance. As a result, the passenger EV market has blossomed, and the medium and heavy-duty EV market is emerging. Tesla’s recent unveiling of its Class 8 semi-truck has generated lots of excitement around medium-duty and heavy-duty EVs. The Tesla semi is expected to hit roads in 2019. Observers expected the vehicle to have a range of 200 miles. However, it beat the expectations of some analysts. According to Tesla’s website, the larger battery model will be able to travel 500 miles between charges. The base model (300-mile range) is expected to come in at $150k, also beating expectations by analysts. The most exciting part is that the total cost of ownership is projected to be better than incumbent vehicles due to much lower maintenance and fuel costs. Major players are already lining up to receive the vehicle. Reservations and deposits have been made by United Parcel Service (“UPS”) (125 trucks), PepsiCo (100 trucks), Sysco (50 trucks), Anheuser-Busch (40 trucks) and others. Tesla is not alone in targeting this market. They face competition from Daimler Fuso, Navistar International, Volkswagen, Cummins, BYD, and others.
Better than expected vehicle costs and range are one part of the puzzle. Another piece of the puzzle is the growing EV charging network in California. The state’s three major electric utilities have put forth EV charging infrastructure programs that will provide charging infrastructure for reduced or no cost to the customer. Additionally, California has set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to reduce the up-front cost of medium-duty and heavy-duty electric vehicles of all weight classes. More information on programs and incentives can be found here
In case you missed it, check out this insightful presentation by Dr. Deborah Riner.
Dr. Riner is the Latin American Economist for “Action Economics, LLC”, specializing in the economy of Mexico. Previously, she was Chief Economist of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City between 1993 & 2015.
As part of the Otay II Port of Entry Project, CALTRANS will be developing and sharing real-time wait time information for both the San Ysidro and existing Otay Mesa Ports of Entry. This is a critical step for Otay II, since this project will be a toll port, and the price will vary depending on the traffic at other regional ports.
The initial phase of this project has been launched and southbound wait times at San Ysidro are now available through the CALTRANS website.
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In response to high ridership demand along the Otay Mesa border area, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) purchased and started operating large 60-foot articulated buses to supplement standard 40-foot buses during peak commute hours on Routes 905 and 950. The first articulated bus began operations last week and more will be added in the coming months.
This move allows MTS to increase its capacity to transport riders along two heavily-used routes in the South Bay. The new buses will nearly double from about 55 passengers to nearly 100, allowing the agency to carry more people and provide extra seating for more comfortable rides.
The two routes span from the Otay Mesa Border to the Iris Avenue Transit Center. They are popular among cross-border commuters who connect from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley. Route 905 runs every 20-30 minutes most of the day between the Iris Avenue Transit Center and Otay Mesa with multiple stops through the business corridor and some neighborhoods. Route 950 is an express route that runs approximately every 10-20 minutes during peak commute times. Routes 905 and 950 served 857,415 passengers in FY 2017 – a 25 percent increase over just four years ago when the routes served 682,830 passengers in FY 2014.
The addition of articulated buses is currently in its initial phase and service is limited to weekday peak hours only. Additional vehicles are expected to begin operating in the coming weeks, with some added throughout the day and on select weekend days.