San Diego International has only one runway and a big capacity problem. Airport officials could ship the extra passengers out to floating runways via underwater trains, or they could just ask them to please walk over to Mexico and use that country's airports. A proposal from a group called Otay-Tijuana Venture, which is led by Sam Zell's Equity Group Investments, is moving right along with plans for a pedestrian toll bridge that would span from San Diego to Tijuana's Rodriguez International. The State Department issued a finding of no significant environmental impact for the project in July. The pedestrian bridge would be 525 feet long (250 of those in the US), 33 feet wide, and elevated on pylons, with a base at "a minimum of 19 feet above finished grade," according to the finding. It would be enclosed and have separate northbound and southbound corridors. The project would also include a parking garage and a 75,000 square foot building, and "accommodate U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities, retail facilities, administrative and security offices, and mechanical and electrical space." No word yet on any luggage movers.
· San Diego-Tijuana airport pedestrian bridge proposed [USA Today]
· Finding of No Significant Impact: San Diego-Tijuana Airport Cross Border Facility [AirportBusiness.com]