California and the San Diego Association of Governments signed a binational Toll Revenue Sharing Agreement on Monday with Mexico for the toll affiliated with the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
The document legally establishes the revenue generated by the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (OMEPOE) to be split between the United States and Mexico. Officials say this document strengthens the bilateral partnership and helps advance key border projects and initiatives.
SANDAG and Caltrans District 11 joined U.S. Ambassador Ken Salazar, Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis, U.S. and Mexican dignitaries, and business leaders in signing the document.
“The Otay Mesa East Port of Entry is a vital link in our nation’s supply chain and in creating thousands of jobs. This historic revenue sharing agreement solidifies the joint commitment of California and the Government of Mexico to boosting trade and creating jobs,” said Lt. Governor Kounalakis.
The OMEPOE project is a joint venture between SANDAG and Caltrans in collaboration with state and federal partners in the U.S. and Mexico. It is expected to reduce wait times, curb emissions, power economic growth and bolster binational trade along the Western Hemisphere.
“Mexico is one of California’s most important international partners and we share a deep bond that stretches back generations,” said Governor Newsom. “Our state is a national leader when it comes to international cooperation and smart, clean infrastructure investments that are critical to the U.S. supply chain. At a time when states are using the border as a wedge issue to divide people, California and Mexico are showing how cross-border agreements can strengthen our communities while growing our economy and bringing a host of shared benefits.”
The Toll Revenue Sharing Agreement comes on the heels of the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry project receiving a $150 million INFRA grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, this award will go toward the construction of the new border crossing facility and related infrastructure.
The new port of Entry is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024.