The Norman Y. Mineta International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies (IISTPS) at San Jos. State University conducted this study to identify impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on transportation in the U.S. border areas, with emphasis on the California-Baja California border zone. Major focus was placed on the identification of recommendations to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to improve the ability of that organization to identify and accelerate short-term implementation of the needed infrastructure improvements. The subjects covered include a literature review, identification of issues in the form of questions, discussion of the questions, and categorization of the questions as: 1. Issues not appropriate for further consideration in this study, 2. Issues recommended for action at a later date, 3. Issues addressed by others, and 4 Issues recommended for short-term action. A summary of the categorization of all the questions appears in a matrix at the end of Chapter 4, with the details presented in the body of the report. Finally, Category 4 issues, those recommended for action, are further addressed with recommendations and a brief action plan, if appropriate. The appendices include a review of work in progress, and several reference documents.

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NAFTA, Transportation planning, U.S. Mexico border, International borders, International trade, Ports of entry policy, Transportation policy, Privatization