image002 Tijuana Page


Just across the Mexican border, a half-hour trolley ride from downtown San Diego, is the city of Tijuana, the gateway to Baja California.  A city of roughly 1.5 million people and growing, Tijuana is one of the fastest growing cities in Mexico, and the fourth-largest city in the country after México City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey.  The two main public transit agencies in Tijuana are Transportes Baja California Azul y Blanco (Blue and White Transport of B.C.) and Transportes Urbanos y Suburbanos de Tijuana (Tijuana Urban and Suburban Transport).  Both bus fleets use second-hand buses from the United States, including GM and Flxible New Look, AMG Metropolitan, Grumman 870 and Flxible Metro, Gillig Phantom, Flyer D900 series and New Flyer D40 buses.  Tijuana is the only city in Mexico using second-hand American buses, though these are being joined by Mercedes and International front-engined buses similar to those used in other Mexican cities.


All photos are by the webmaster.



1-108 is a Blue and White Grumman 870, spotted on Avenida Frontera near the San Ysidro border crossing on July 22, 2005.  Blue and White buses connect the border crossing to central Tijuana including Avenida Revolución, the city’s main shopping district.


1-300 is a Blue and White Gillig Phantom shown on Ave. Frontera on July 22, 2005.  This terminal is located near the traffic circle with Ave. de la Amistad and Calle Padilla, a short walk Plaza Viva Tijuana and the US border crossing, the busiest international crossing in the world.


38 is a Blue and White Flyer D901, seen waiting for riders on Ave. Frontera on July 22, 2005.  Tijuana is one of few cities in the world to use whitewall tires on its buses.


98 is an Urban & Suburban Transport Gillig Phantom, shown on Ave. Frontera on July 22, 2005.  These buses transport riders to other destinations in the city, such as the airport or the Otay Mesa border crossing.  Oddly, this bus has a GMC logo on the front.