Utah’s geographic location in the heart of the American West propels its continuing functional role as “The Crossroads of the West.” Whether by road, rail or air, the State is optimally placed as a hub for distribution and travel.
Utah is a central, highly cost-effective distribution point for the Western U.S.
#1: Salt Lake City ranked first in Forbes’ 2010 study of the Best and Worst Cities for Commuters.
One-day: Utah is a one-day truck drive or less from almost every major city in the Western U.S.
#1: Salt Lake International Airport ranked No. 1 in North America in 2012 for on-time departures, according to FlightStats.
135.8: Total operational miles of commuter and light rail by end of 2013
#6: Salt Lake City Utah ranked No. 6 in U.S. News’ 2011 Best Cities for Public Transportation.
Utah’s Salt Lake International Airport serves as Delta Air Lines’ Western hub, which, along with commuter partners, operates approximately 220 scheduled daily domestic flights. Beyond Delta Air Lines, Salt Lake International is also served by all major airlines and their affiliates, including American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways. Utah also has nonstop service out of its Provo and Ogden airports provided by Allegiant Airlines.
Salt Lake City International:
- Serves more than 90 cities with non-stop flights.
- Ranked No. 1 in North America in 2011 and 2012 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.
- 11 major ski resorts are within an hour of the airport.
- More than 300 million pounds of air freight move through the cargo facility each year.
- Beaver: Beaver Municipal Airport (U52)
- Blanding: Blanding Municipal Airport (KBDG)
- Bluff: Bluff Airport 6(6V)
- Brigham City: Brigham City Airport (KBMC)
- Bryce Canyon: Bryce Canyon Airport (KBCE)
- Cedar City: Cedar City Regional Airport (KCDC)
- Delta: Delta Municipal Airport (KDTA)
- Duchesne: Duchesne Municipal Airport (U69)
- Dutch John: Dutch John Airport (33U)
- Escalante: Escalante Municipal Airport (1L7)
- Fillmore Fillmore Municipal Airport (KFOM)
- Glen Canyon: Bullfrog Basin Airport (U07)
- Green River: Green River Municipal Airport (U34)
- Halls Crossing: Cal Black Memorial Airport (U96)
- Heber: Heber City Municipal Airport
- Huntington: Huntington Municipal Airport (69V)
- Hurricane: General Dick Stout Field Airport (1L8)
- Junction: Junction Airport (U13)
- Kanab: Kanab Municipal Airport (KKNB)
- Loa: Wayne Wonderland Airport (38U)
- Logan: Logan-Cache Airport (KLGU)
- Manila: Manila Airport (40U)
- Manti: Manti-Ephraim Airport (41U)
- Milford: Milford Municipal/
- Moab: Canyonlands Field Airport (KCNY)
- Monticello: Monticello Airport (U43)
- Morgan: Morgan County Airport (42U)
- Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant Airport (43U)
- Nephi: Nephi Municipal Airport (U14)
- Ogden: Ogden-Hinckley Airport (KOGD)
- Panguitch: Panguitch Municipal Airport (U55)
- Price: Carbon County Regional Airport (KPUC)
- Provo: Provo Municipal Airport (KPVU)
- Richfield: Richfield Municipal Airport (KRIF)
- Roosevelt: Roosevelt Municipal Airport (74V)
- Salina: Salina-Gunnison Airport (44U)
- Salt Lake City: Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC)
- Salt Lake City: Salt Lake City Municipal 2 Airport (U42)
- Spanish Fork: Spanish Fork-Springville Airport (U77)
- St George: St George Municipal Airport (KSGU)
- Tooele: Bolinder Field-Tooele Valley Airport (KTVY)
- Vernal: Vernal Regional Airport (KVEL)
Significant Interstate Highways
Utah’s interstate highways provide efficient access to population and economic centers in neighboring states, while the in-state highways offer effective connections between cities and the State’s many recreation areas.
- 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.
There are approximately 700 trucking companies based in Utah, and intrastate and interstate motor freight services are provided by approximately 2,500 registered carriers. Carriers within the State provide one-day and two-day direct services to any point in the continental Western United States. Because of the State’s dynamic transportation system, the State is ideal for distribution and logistics companies, which is why businesses like Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart have located their regional hubs within the State.
- More than 2,300 interstate and intrastate motor freight carriers operate in Utah.
- Daily direct service from Salt Lake City to all major cities in the continental U.S. and Canada is available through these carriers.
- 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.
Port of Entry
Salt Lake City is home to a full-service customs port city. 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.
Utah’s total exports rose from $13.9 billion in 2010 to an estimated $19.0 billion in 2011, an increase of 37.9%. A large majority of Utah exports are primary metals. Shipments of primary metals, particularly gold, accounted for approximately 64% of total exports during 2011, up from 55% in 2010.
Utah has a robust mass transit network, including a complementary system of bus transit, TRAX light rail and FrontRunner commuter rail.
- 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 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 41 stations. By the end of 2013, TRAX will also serve the airport and will expand south for a total of 50 stations.
- TRAX carries about 80,000 riders per weekday.
- FrontRunner commuter rail spans 89 miles, connecting Ogden, Salt Lake and 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.
- UTA has installed GPS technology on each of its transit vehicles, allowing riders to get real-time, accurate information regarding bus routes or train locations.
Utah has approximately 1,700 miles of railroad track stretching from Iron County in the southwest, Grand County in the southeast, Tooele County in the west and Box Elder and Cache counties in the north. Utah’s central location in the Western U.S. makes it an excellent interline switching route for shipments headed to the West Coast, as well as to Eastern and Midwestern main terminals.
- Utah has about 1,500 miles of railroad track.
- Union Pacific’s intermodal hub in Salt Lake can service 250,000 truck, rail and ocean-going containers annually.
- Utah’s central location makes it an excellent interline switching route.
- Eight freight railroads operate in Utah.
- For passenger rail, Amtrak provides a wide range of times and connections.