Public Transportation

TransportationUtah’s history is tied to transportation. At different times in the state’s history, the transcontinental railroad, the Pony Express, and the Lincoln Highway all crossed through the Salt Lake area. Today Salt Lake City benefits from the intersection of two major interstate freeways: Interstate 80 and Interstate 15), and houses a major railroad hub and an international airport.

Getting around Salt Lake City has never been easier—or more affordable. People are using public transit in record numbers. Because of their convenience and ease, public transit gets people to work, to the ski slopes, and to the airport every day.

High-speed commuter rails are expanding from Brigham City in the north Utah to Provo in the South, and the TRAX light rail system connects much of Salt Lake County—including the Salt Lake International Airport and downtown Salt Lake City.

Utah’s first commuter rail system, ‘FrontRunner’ gets people to work at up to 79 miles per hour. Both light rail and commuter rail will feed into Salt Lake Central Station, which will serve as the junction for bus, train, light rail and commuter rail traffic. A new

Streetcar line connecting TRAX light rail to the Sugar House neighborhood opens in 2013.

In all, the Utah Transit (UTA) authority provides public transit to about 80 percent of Utah’s population along the Wasatch Front and beyond. UTA services include:

TRAX light rail, an inter-county fixed-route bus system, the ‘Flextrans’ paratransit operation, which provides curb-to-curb transportation for riders with disabilities, the

‘Rideshare’ program offers (and encourages) carpooling, and, of course, to local ski areas during the winter.

Salt Lake City has become a leader in environmentally friendly transit. The city has specifically taken numerous steps to becoming a walkable and bike-friendly city. The SLC Bike Share program, called GREENbike, makes 100 bikes available at 10 stations, providing commuters and visitors inexpensive access to some of the most sustainable, environmentally friendly modes of transportation ever invented.

Utah also offers the CommuterLink web site, which uses the latest technology to inform motorists of potential delays—saving people lots of time, fuel, and money.


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