Regional planners have scheduled a series of four meetings to get public input on a potential redesign of the San Ysidro Intermodal Transportation Center. The first is slated for 6 p.m. on Jan. 9, at Willow Elementary School, 226 Willow Road in San Ysidro.

The San Diego Association of Governments, also known as Sandag, with planners from the city of San Diego and other local agencies, are working with a San Ysidro community advisory committee on ways to improve transportation and bring other economic benefits to the area.

A Sandag statement said regional planners, as well as representatives of Caltrans and the Metropolitan Transit System, will be meeting with residents and business owners throughout 2013. Input is being gathered on potential public and private uses at the center, in addition to transit services.

Officials are considering options for developing what would be a “grand gateway” to the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the world’s busiest land port based on traffic flow. Trolley, taxi, and local and regional bus operations are currently located at multiple points within a constrained area surrounding the port of entry.

— SDBJ Staff Report