San Ysidro Rail Yard

The San Ysidro Freight Rail Yard is located in the community of San Ysidro, in the City of San Diego. The existing rail yard has been in its current location since the early 1900s, at the terminus of the freight line directly north of the US/Mexico border, east of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Trolley line and East Beyer Boulevard.

Due to the geographic constraints of Beyer Boulevard, the international border, and Trolley line, the only viable option is to expand the rail yard to the east. The project will add two new storage tracks, a new access road, and paved area to improve circulation to load and unload rail cars. These improvements will increase efficiency and expedite loading between freight cars and trucks.

The project will extend the lead track, which will make it possible to construct larger trains within the yard without blocking the main line and without loss of time within the operating window to move freight on the main line. The improved yard enhancements will include storm drain upgrades, brow ditches, and other improvements to address current drainage issues. 

Other Project Benefits

• The project will replace aging rail infrastructure
• Rail yard enhancements will alleviate drainage issues
• The project will expand eastward into vacant, undeveloped land 
• Safety and security will be enhanced by light and fence improvements

South Line Rail Freight Capacity Project

A related improvement project, the South Line Rail Freight Capacity Project, will enable expanded freight operations to meet existing and future growth of freight rail in the region without interfering with San Diego Trolley service.

Construction Updates

Construction updates for this project will be available under the Notices tab.

Project Manager 

Peter d'Ablaing, P.E.
SANDAG Senior Transportation Engineer
Phone: (619) 699-1906

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