Salt Lake City is served by two different commuter rail systems. The FrontRunner, which opened in 2008, connects Salt Lake City to stations in Farmington, Ogden and other local areas. Each station on its route features park-and-ride lots and offers connections to city buses. Overhead electrical wires are used to power the trains.
The TRAX light rail system is the second option. Three separate lines connect to a series of stations around Salt Lake City and other local areas. The red line connects to places like the University of Utah, Midvale and South Salt Lake. The green line takes passengers to West Valley and Murray. Passengers who wish to connect to the downtown region of Salt Lake City can ride the blue line.
The Utah Transit Authority operates a series of over 650 buses covering more than 1,400 square miles in and around Salt Lake City. Hybrid-electric buses provide an environmentally friendly ride for commuters. Paratransit buses are available to provide curbside assistance to passengers with disabilities. Express buses offer a faster commute between the city and major suburbs. People who wish to escape to Utah's mountain resorts can catch one of the ski buses found throughout the city.
The city offers three different taxicab services. These services include Yellow Cab, Ute Cab and City Cab. These taxis are able to take visitors to all major points within the city. Taxis offer greater flexibility than other modes of public transportation.
Riding a bike through the city is a great option for people who wish to enjoy a greener ride. Certain areas in the downtown region even allow cyclists to ride on sidewalks. Many "whirly-gig" sculptures found throughout the city have been created from recycled bicycle parts and include bike racks for safe parking. Riders can also enjoy a series of multi-use paved trails such as Jordan River Parkway, Liberty Park and a trail leading to Salt Lake City International Airport.
The Salt Lake City International Airport offers many non-stop domestic and international flights to cities like New York, Puerto Vallarta and Mexico City. The airport is also a major hub for Delta Airlines. South Valley Regional Airport, a smaller general aviation airport in the vicinity, is often used to offload flights from Salt Lake City International Airport.