Thursday, April 7, 2011
Flux and Flow
Salt Lake City has a 'daytime' population almost three times its resident population. With a resident population of about 200,000 people, that means about 400,000 people enter and leave the city every weekday. While intra-urban circulation is critical for quality of life for Salt Lake City citizens, inter-urban circulation is key for Salt Lake City's business environment. Congestion can literally choke the life out of cities. All economic activity depends on transportation access--nobody can make money if their employees can't make it to work. TRAX is so successful as an Inter-Urban access point. Like I-15, it links Salt Lake City to places all over the Salt Lake Valley (and beyond). When planning for Salt Lake City, this dynamic can't be ignored. The most demanding needs for mobility do not originate within Salt Lake City.