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U.S. - Mexico Joint Working Committee
on Transportation Planning


Tricia Harr
Team Leader, Border & Interstate Planning Team
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
(202) 366-9214

Sylvia Grijalva
U.S. - Mexico Border Planning Coordinator
(602) 510-7986

Regional Border Master Plans

The Joint Working Committee (JWC) proposes to create a compendium of border-wide regional master plans with a comprehensive and prioritized assessment of transportation needs along the border including at the Ports of Entry (POE). The Regional Master Plan provides the next logical step in a comprehensive, binational transportation planning process. The Border Master Plan (BMP) will go beyond the Binational Transportation Infrastructure Needs Assessment Study, Phase II (BINS II) to gather land use, environment, population, and socio-economic data. This data will be used to adequately evaluate growth and future capacity needs at the border and to more realistically forecast future conditions in the border region. Additionally, this data can be utilized to evaluate the existing binational transportation and POE system, its current and future demand, and the infrastructure necessary to handle the expected growth. The Regional Master Plan would help foster consistency amongst the individual agency planning processes, which creates a documentation that feeds back into the periodic updates of the plan. The Master Plan must consider short-term, mid-term, and long-term needs. The comprehensive list and prioritized assessment of the transportation and POE needs will support international trade as well as improve cross-border travel and the quality of life for the residents and visitors of each region. Therefore, the Border Master Plan should be incorporated as a component of Federal, State, and local strategic plans. Additionally, the outcome of the Master Plan process must be accepted and embraced by stakeholders throughout the border region. Stakeholders should make the Master Plan part of their overall planning and forecasting process. The master plan would be regularly updated (every 3-5 years) with new data, policy issues, and economic and infrastructure changes as planned by the stakeholders (Arizona/Sonora, West Texas/New Mexico/Chihuahua, Laredo/Nuevo Leon/Coahuila/Tamaulipas; and Lower Rio Grande Valley/Tamaulipas).

Arizona Border Master Plan

Arizona – Sonora Border Master Plan (February 2013)
This Border Master Plan presents a comprehensive binational approach to coordinating the planning and delivery of projects to improve traffic operations at each of nine land ports of entry (LPOEs) along the Arizona-Sonora border and to enhance the efficiency of the multimodal transportation infrastructure providing access to the LPOEs.

California Border Master Plan

California – Baja California Border Master Plan/Plan Maestro Fronterizo California-Baja California
The California-Baja California Border Master Plan is a binational comprehensive approach to coordinate planning and delivery of projects at land ports of entry (POEs) and transportation infrastructure serving those POEs in the California-Baja California region. The California Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Secretariat of Infrastructure and Urban Development of Baja California (Secretaría de Infraestructura y Desarrollo Urbano del Estado de Baja California or SIDUE) and the U.S. - Mexico Joint Working Committee, retained the San Diego Association of Governments Service Bureau to assist in the development of this Plan.

July 2014

September 2008

Texas Border Master Plans

Texas – El Paso/Santa Teresa - Chihuahua Regional Border Master Plan (October 2013)
A comprehensive, binational, long-range plan to improve the border transportation system in the El Paso/Santa Teresa-Chihuahua Region.


Texas – Lower Rio Grande Valley - Tamaulipas Border Master Plan (October 2013)
A comprehensive, binational, long-range plan to improve the border transportation system in the Lower Rio Grande Valley-Tamaulipas Region.


Texas – Laredo District Coahuila/Nuevo León/Tamaulipas Border Master Plan (June 2012)
This Border Master Plan documents the needs and priorities of the Laredo-Coahuila/Nuevo León/Tamaulipas region. It also recommends a mechanism to ensure coordination on current and planned future projects and supporting transportation infrastructure to serve the anticipated demand imposed by a growing population and an increase in economic activity in the study area.

Aerial photo of the U.S. - Mexico border crossing Calexico East Port of Entry between Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja California

Calexico East Port of Entry between Calexico, California and Mexicali, Baja California. (Source: FHWA)


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