For anyone living in or visiting San Diego who has taken a trip by car to Mexico both ways through the San Ysidro crossing, one thing is absolutely apparent: Something truly needed to be done about the wait time to cross. It seems that officials got the message but they applied it to the wrong direction. Getting into Tijuana was never an issue, backup occurred only rarely; it's coming northbound that really needs some fixing.
A rerouting of tens of thousands of vehicles a day began Thursday without a hitch at the busiest crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a major expansion that aims to keep lines manageable while allowing heightened inspections for drugs, weapons and other contraband.
The smooth sailing eased fears that the reconfigured lanes for Mexico-bound motorists would create epic traffic jams.
Mexican customs employees in yellow jackets waved motorists to empty inspection lanes Thursday. Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who drove through an inspection booth Wednesday night, said the $76.4-million upgrade will mean shorter waits to enter Tijuana.