San Ysidro, CA, United States: Detail-Mapping the busiest land border crossing area in the world

Posted by The Temecula Mapper on 14 August 2014 in English (English)

Down to the Border

San Ysidro Port of Entry area San Ysidro Port of Entry area

I was down in the San Ysidro area which is the southernmost suburb of San Diego, California a few weeks ago. I visited (but did not cross) the busiest worldwide land border crossing which separates the USA and Tijuana, Mexico. There were lots of features that I found which needed to mapped on the US side alone. In fact it took me 8 separate changesets to get all the data tagged into JOSM and uploaded to OSM. Anyway, here are some features:

San Ysidro Port area features:

  • San Ysidro Transit Center and surrounding bus stations.
  • Numerous fast food outets including the McDonald's Trolley Station.
  • Tagged the bathrooms at the Trolley Station McD's as a fee-based toilet.
  • Found and tagged a few other fast food outlets in the area including another McDonald's--Customers can use those toilets free :)
  • Benches and drinking fountain amenities along the pathway to Mexico near the historic Old Customs House.
  • Drinking fountains at the transit station which are located under the pedestrian bridge.
  • Numerous Baja-Mex currency trading outlets.
  • Locations of border crossing parking lots.
  • Locations non-public parking lots which are tagged as "private" or "customer".
  • Detailed-mapped area sidewalks, crossings and landscaping.
  • El Bordo, Tijuana - Known by some as "Deportee Purgatory" (loc_name), El Bordo is a makeshift shantytown within the dry mud and concrete Tijuana River between the Mexican port and downtown Tijuana. Unofficial estimated population is 2,000-3,000 according to sources. Added the neighborhood as a point of awareness.
  • Note that the address numbers, and some of the public bus stops, the transit station and a few shops and restaurants were already added by other OSM mappers.

By the way, construction upgrades of the San Ysidro port are moving along which includes operations of the new port office/station building, the shelter covering the northbound primary vehicle inspection area and the secondary inspection area shelter. The northbound pedestrian inspection area is what's left of the previous port building. Also, the primary southbound inspection area on the US side now uses a temporary tent shelter. Across the border, the southbound Mexican port was moved alongside the Tijuana River a few years ago. US officials plan to realign the southbound lanes over the existing SVG Venture parking lot on the US side to better align the southbound lanes with the El Chaparral port.

If you're planning on editing this region, please feel free to do. But keep in mind that the Bing and other satellite imagery are a few years old and most still show the previous port building, pedestrian bridge and southbound routing which are demolished and no longer there.

Happy mapping from The Temecula Mapper!

Location: Park Haven, San Diego, San Diego County, California, 92173, United States of America

Comment from k1wi on 15 August 2014 at 16:17

Wow! Nice work!

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Comment from seoadvertisement on 16 August 2014 at 18:11

We really need to put a stop to this, or we could see some future troubles

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Comment from The Temecula Mapper on 16 August 2014 at 20:19

seoadvertisement: Who is "we", what is "this" you suggest needs to stop, and what trouble do you foresee? The data mapped was all surveyed from public, non-restricted areas combined with the Bing imagery and public construction update documents from the GSA. The GSA is a US federal government agency which makes those resources public domain.

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Comment from Harry Wood on 17 August 2014 at 11:03

SPAM Ignore the above comment. They're just spammers littering the web with pointless comments and links to their youtube video:

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Comment from The Temecula Mapper on 18 August 2014 at 15:07

Harry Wood: Thanks for the tip.

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