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Transportation

Utah’s has long been known as “the Crossroads of the West.” With two major interstates converging in the heart of the state, a robust rail network and a busy international airport, the state is a major hub for distribution and travel.

Significant Interstate Highways:

  • I-15 runs north into Idaho and south into Arizona; ultimately, it runs from southern California to the Canadian border.
  • I-80 runs coast to coast from San Francisco to New York.
  • I-70 originates in central Utah and heads east through Colorado and all the way to Maryland.
  • I-84 originates in north-central Utah and runs to the Pacific Northwest.
  • I-215 is a major link for interstate traffic in the Salt Lake metro area.
  • Recent roadway projects have saved more than $23 million in user costs, according to travel time studies.

Port of Entry

Salt Lake City is home to a full-service customs port city and has a designated “Freeport Center”, just west of downtown. Goods that enter under bond may be stored in customs-bonded facilities for up to five years without payment of customs duty. If goods are exported during this period, no duty is paid. Otherwise, duties are payable at the end of the term or upon entry into U.S. markets for consumption.

Exports

  • Utah’s exports totaled $16 billion in 2013.
  • 3,353 companies exported from Utah locations in 2011.
  • The Salt Lake area experienced the highest growth in the country in exports as a share of GDP from 2003 to 2012.

Utah’s Top Five Export Industries

1) Primary Metals
2) Computer & Electronics
3) Food & Kindred Products

Chemicals
Transportation Equipment

Highlights

Utah is a one-day truck drive or less from almost every major city in the Western U.S.

Salt Lake International Airport ranked No. 2 in North America in 2012 for on-time departures, according to FlightStats.

Main rail lines link Utah directly to the major seaports of Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland and Seattle.

135.8 total operational miles of commuter and light rail.

Salt Lake’s public transportation system is No. 1 in the nation for connecting people to jobs, according to the Brookings Institution.

Utah is a central, highly cost-effective distribution point for the Western U.S.

Air Travel

Salt Lake International Airport

  • Delta Air Line’s Western hub.
  • Served by all major airlines and their affiliates.
  • Serves more than 90 cities with non-stop flights.
  • Ranked No. 2 in North America in 2013 for on-time departures, according to FlightStats.
  • Has about 625 scheduled daily flights serving 20 million passengers each year.
  • Located about 15 minutes from the Salt Palace Convention Center and downtown hotels.
  • Eleven major ski resorts are within an hour of the airport.
  • More than 300 million pounds of air freight move through the cargo acility each year.
  • Light rail connection from airport to downtown.

Source: Salt Lake International Airport; FlightStats

Airports with Commercial Service

Cedar City // Cedar City Regional Airport // KCDC

Moab // Canyonlands Field Airport // KCNY

Ogden // Ogden-Hinckley Airport // KOGD

Provo // Provo Municipal Airport KPVU

Salt Lake City // Salt Lake City International Airport // KSLC

St George // St George Municipal Airport // KSGU

Vernal // Vernal Regional Airport // KVEL

 

Mass Transit:

  • The Utah Transit Authority operates a fleet of more than 600 buses and paratransit vehicles, 400 vanpools, 146 light rail vehicles, 63 commuter rail cars and 18 locomotives.
  • UTA has a 1,600-square-mile service area that serves 1.8 million Utahns and includes 75 cities in six counties, one of the largest geographical service areas of any transit agency in the U.S.
  • TRAX light rail consists of three lines with 50 stations and carries about 80,000 riders each weekday.
  • FrontRunner commuter rail spans 89 miles from Ogden, through Salt Lake and to Provo, and connects with bus and light rail stops.
  • FrontLines 2015 is a $2.8 billion program with five UTA rail projects that will be in operation by 2015 and will add 70 miles to the network.
  • The new Streetcar began service in 2013, with six stops in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake.

 

 

 

Rail:

  • Utah’s central location in the Western U.S. makes it an excellent interline switching route.
  • Utah has about 1,350 miles of railroad track.
  • Union Pacific’s intermodal hub in Salt Lake can service 250,000 truck, rail and ocean-going containers annually.
  • Eight freight railroads operate in Utah.
  • For passenger rail, Amtrak provides a wide range of times and connections.

Motor Carriers/Trucking:

  • More than 2,300 interstate and intrastate motor freight carriers operate in Utah.
  • Carriers within Utah can provide one-day and two-day direct service to any point in the continental Western U.S.
  • Carriers also offer daily direct service from Salt Lake City to all major cities in the continental U.S. and Canada.
  • The trucking industry employs more that 13,000 workers in Salt Lake County.
  • The Union Pacific intermodal hub provides connections to major Eastern and Western population centers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Significant Interstate Highways:

  • I-15 runs north into Idaho and south into Arizona; ultimately, it runs from southern California to the Canadian border.
  • I-80 runs coast to coast from San Francisco to New York.
  • I-70 originates in central Utah and heads east through Colorado and all the way to Maryland.
  • I-84 originates in north-central Utah and runs to the Pacific Northwest.
  • I-215 is a major link for interstate traffic in the Salt Lake metro area.
  • Recent roadway projects have saved more than $23 million in user costs, according to travel time studies.

Port of Entry

Salt Lake City is home to a full-service customs port city and has a designated “Freeport Center”, just west of downtown. Goods that enter under bond may be stored in customs-bonded facilities for up to five years without payment of customs duty. If goods are exported during this period, no duty is paid. Otherwise, duties are payable at the end of the term or upon entry into U.S. markets for consumption.

Exports

  • Utah’s exports totaled $16 billion in 2013.
  • 3,353 companies exported from Utah locations in 2011.
  • The Salt Lake area experienced the highest growth in the country in exports as a share of GDP from 2003 to 2012.

Utah’s Top Five Export Industries

  1. Primary Metals
  2. Computer & Electronics
  3. Food & Kindred Products
  4. Chemicals
  5. Transportation Equipment