The Salt Lake area is known as the "Crossroads of the West," and is located equidistant from all major western markets. An east-west, north-south interstate highway system, two railroads, a growing light rail system, a new commuter rail system and an international airport provide the state with an efficient transportation system and ideal conditions for manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facilities. Salt Lake is also an important regional trade and shipping center to the Rocky Mountain region and the West Coast.
Transportation is at the forefront of key issues within Salt Lake County. The I-15 corridor that runs through the center of county was completely renovated in 2001. In 2010, work began to renovate I-15 from the Point of the Mountain through Utah County. The I-80 corridor through Salt Lake County was also completed renovated. New bridges and the addition of new lanes through the most traveled areas have upgraded I-80.
A newly completed Intermodal Hub is now the key collector for Trax, FrontRunner, bus service and Amtrak. Trax has three current lines of operation. Construction is currently underway for the Trax line from downtown Salt Lake City to the airport and a line to Draper. The entire Trax project in Salt Lake is expected to be completed by 2015.
Utah's new commuter rail, FrontRunner began operation in May 2008 and currently serves riders from Salt Lake to Ogden. The FrontRunner line will eventually stretch from Brigham City to Payson, Utah and should be completed by 2015.
Salt Lake City is located within a 2 1/2-hour flight from half of the country's population. And beginning on June 1, 2008, Salt Lake has become a gateway to Europe and Asia through Delta's new non-stop flight from Salt Lake City to Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan.
There is non-stop air service to 90 cities from Salt Lake City's International Airport. The Airport is the second largest hub for Delta Air Lines. There are over 750 scheduled daily flights from the facility.