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Collaboration with Imperial County

Imperial County is a member of the Borders Committee, helping to provide oversight for planning activities that impact the borders of the San Diego region. In addition, SANDAG staff coordinates regular planning meetings with Imperial County counterparts to exchange information on key transportation planning projects and studies, and to explore opportunities for collaboration.

In March 2014, the Imperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC), in partnership with Caltrans, SANDAG, and the State of Baja California (SIDUE), began the California/Baja California Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Access Study,  a multi-phased project to analyze pedestrian and bicycle access at all six of the California-Baja California land ports of entry (POE). The goal of the study is to improve travel experiences for people walking or bicycling across the Baja California-California border. The study examined existing conditions at each of the six POEs, gathered ideas on improvements from border travelers, community groups, and public agencies, and recommended ways to make walking and biking trips safer, easier, and more comfortable. The final report was adopted by ICTC in February 2015.

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In March 2009, the Borders Committee accepted the San Diego - Imperial County I-8 Corridor Strategic Plan. This study was funded through a grant from Caltrans and identified issues, established goals and objectives, and developed interregional strategies in the areas of transportation, housing, and employment to ensure adequate levels of service on the I-8 corridor. It also identified employment opportunities in Imperial County, and integrated smart growth principles into planned land use/transportation projects that benefit the quality of life in the San Diego/Imperial County regions.

Since the plan's completion, progress has been made toward the goal of exploring opportunities to expand ridesharing and other elements of the 511 service to Imperial County. Staff continues to monitor progress on implementation of the San Diego-Imperial County I-8 Corridor Strategic Plan strategies.

Project Manager

Zach Hernandez, Associate Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-6912, Email: