South Salt Lake is at the epicenter of the state's public transportation system and is uniquely positioned to connect people with travel access in any direction. Downtown SSL includes the confluence of interstates I-15 and I-80, public transit with UTA's Central Pointe Station to connect to three TRAX light rail lines and numerous bus routes, and regionally significant bike trails that connect the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the Jordan River Trail. Over the past several years, SSL has made great strides in implementing transportation improvements within the community. To continue developing a transportation system that can sustain the long-term needs of SSL, the city is working with partners on every level to develop a strategy that guides mobility investments for the greater community.
See the SSL Mobility Plan below to read about our guiding vision for transportation that should be used in conjunction with other planning documents that are applicable to the SSL community, including the city’s general plan, the regional transportation plan and transit plans, to holistically meets the needs of residents and visitors..
Our goal: Provide an integrated mobility system that is safe, accessible and inclusive for all and promotes a thriving economy, supports healthy communities and enhances quality of life.
SSL lies at one of the busiest freeway interchanges in the state, the I-15 and I-80 interstate confluence. At this interchange, these freeways see a combined average daily traffic count of 465,000 vehicles. SSL is also home to several main traffic arteries that connect people to and from surrounding cities, including State St, 700 East, 2100 South, 3300 South, and 3900 South. All of this traffic means the daytime population of SSL more than triples the residential nighttime traffic. Safely connecting our residents and commuters is at the heart of our transportation planning. Additional concerns include controlling and finding ways to decrease vehicle traffic, protecting our air and water quality, and protecting pedestrians who use trails/paths for transportation and recreation.
Alone, Downtown SSL contains a TRAX station, a streetcar station, and twelve bus stops. Together, these stations and stops serve all three TRAX lines, the S-Line streetcar, and bus routes 17, 21, and 200. These routes serve a combined average of 37,063 riders each weekday, 2,313 of which are getting on or off at stations/stops in and around Downtown SSL. With an estimated 5,000-10,000 new residential housing units anticipated within the area in the coming decade, a strategic public transportation plan is crucial to decreasing vehicle congestion, increasing air quality, and transporting this growing community.
UTA S-Line celebrates 10 years in service, and will continue to grow in ridership as transit-oriented development projects increase. In December 2013, the S-Line opened as a single track line along an historic rail corridor serving stops ever 20 minutes. Over the years, a double-track was added to sections of the line to speed up run times, a bike and pedestrian greenway running alongside the track has grown and matured, and residential development continues to flourish along the rail.
SSL is working to develop walking and bicycling trails that encourage these options as mode choices for residents of all abilities, ages, and income levels as means of transportation and recreation. These include several on-going projects such as the Central Pointe Station Area Plan that is improving how people move through and experience Downtown SSL and connect to Central Pointe Station, a first/last mile project funded through a RAISE grant that will install a high-comfort bike lane to connect bike trails through SSL to the Parley's Trail, and the 3900 South Shared Use Path Plan that is developing a shared use path for people to cross the valley - east to west - from I-215 to the Jordan River Trail.
The Parley's Trail just hit a milestone with the JRT connection bridge over 900 West. Mayors of Salt Lake County, South Salt Lake, and West Valley City held a ribbon cutting event in September 2023 to unveil the final bridge of the Parley's Trail that now safely connects bikes and foot traffic to the Jordan River Tail. The connection of Parley's Trail to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Jordan River Trail has been a dream long in the making, and improvements to Parley's Trail will continue for decades to come.
Your Voice Matters
Resident input plays an important role in the growth of South Salt Lake. This summer we conducted a Central Pointe Station Area Plan survey to gather resident response on how Downtown SSL should be developed. When plans are ready, they will be shared for further public input.