Transportation in Salt Lake City consists of a wide network of roads, an extensive bus system, a light rail system, and a recently introduced commuter rail line. Although Salt Lake City is a traditionally car-oriented city (as are most other cities in the United States), the rapidly-growing public transit system has a high number of riders for a city of its size, and public transit is widely-supported by the populace.
All public transit in the city is operated by the Utah Transit Authority. In addition to operating the bus system, they also operate the TRAX light rail system, which contains three lines, the first of which runs from downtown south to Sandy, the second runs from University of Utah south west to South Jordan, and the third from downtown west to West Valley City. TRAX also has two more extensions currently under construction that are anticipated to be completed by 2014, including a connection with the Salt Lake City International Airport. A recently completed commuter rail line, called FrontRunner, runs north to Ogden. FrontRunner has a nearly completed line that runs south to Provo that will be open for riders in December 2012. The road system is also extensive, with 3 interstate highways and an additional state freeway. However, the geographical constrictions of the valley, as well as its rapid growth, has led to severe congestion problems.
Famous quotes containing the words salt, lake and/or city:
“At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect.”
—Herman Melville (18191891)
“What a wilderness walk for a man to take alone! None of your half-mile swamps, none of your mile-wide woods merely, as on the skirts of our towns, without hotels, only a dark mountain or a lake for guide-board and station, over ground much of it impassable in summer!”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on itan oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view.”
—Peter Conrad (b. 1948)