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Infrastructure in Utah

Public Transportation

Salt Lake City Ranks #2
“10 Best Cities for Public Transportation” – Feb, 2011

Freeway Infrastructure

Utah is a centralized, low-cost distribution point for the Western U.S.

Salt Lake City ranks #1 best city for commuting
“Best and Worst Cities for Commuters”
– Forbes

To find the cities with the best commutes, Forbes measured travel time, road congestion and travel delays for the 60 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the U.S. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, they then calculated what percentage of commuters in each metro area took an hour or more to get to work in each of these cities in 2008, the most recent year for which these data are kept.


Rail Infrastructure

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


Airport Infrastructure

Salt Lake International has more than 746 scheduled daily departures with non-stop service to 108 different cities and is a Delta hub.

Salt Lake International ranks #1
Country’s  Speediest Major Airport
U.S. Today June 2013

U.S. Today compiled data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), averaged real-time crowdsourced security wait times, and compared expedited-screening options and airport layouts to come up with this list of the country’s 10 speediest major airports.

You might not think that a busy airport in a city that gets slammed with winter weather would outperform many sunny climes when it comes to on-time departures, but Salt Lake City International Airport manages to do just that. The recipient of a number of awards for excellence in snow and ice removal, the airport ranks first among U.S. airports in both on-time departures and arrivals, even with its busy schedule of about 650 daily flights. And since the terminals and concourses are connected beyond security, passengers making connections don’t have to exit and reenter security screening lines to get to their ongoing gates.

Freight Delivery Times

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


Building Infrastructure

Utah Building Infrastructure ranks #1
“Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2013
Pollina Corporate – 2013

Independent research by Pollina Corporate Real Estate puts Utah at the top of its list of Ten Pro Business States for 2013.

Brent Pollina, Vice President of Park Ridge, Illinois-based Pollina Corporate Real Estate and co-author of the 2013 study, said, “America’s most pro-business state for the second consecutive year and again making it the brightest star on the American Flag.  Utah is a symbol of economic growth and prosperity that other states should emulate.”

The Pollina Top 10 study is considered a “Gold Standard” for evaluating states. The research identifies states with exemplary pro-business policies that counteract the effects of economic instability. The authors of the study point to Utah as a guidepost, not only for other state governments, but also for the federal government.


Broadband Infrastructure