A man stopped on the Scenic Highway in front of Bajamar last Tuesday to help two men who waived him down, feigning that their white Honda was broken down. Upon parking his car to help them, the men pulled out a pistol and took his briefcase, cell phone and $80 in cash, got in their car and headed South.
Alonso Pascual Garcia Tames, CEO of National Bank of Public Works and Services (Banobras), reported to the Mexican Congress last Thursday that the Scenic Highway between Tijuana and Ensenada is operating at a shortfall of 390,000 pesos ($31,000) daily. Due to this, Banobras is transferring funds from other toll roads to maintain the operations of the Scenic Highway.
Garcia Tames reported that between 1994 up until 2006, traffic on the Scenic grew at an annual rate of 5.2%. Between 2007 and 2010, traffic has been falling at a 7.4% annual rate. He noted that one of the reasons for the drop was the opening of Boulevard 2000, which allowed users to leave the Scenic in Rosarito and travel for free into Tijuana, without having to pass through the Western part of Tijuana.