Long before its status as the largest and most populated city in Utah and also the state’s capital, Salt Lake City was originally founded in 1847 by Mormon pioneers searching for a quiet valley in which to practice their religion and cultivate the land. In 1869 the driving of the Golden Spike, signaling the completion of the transcontinental railroad, took place a mere 80 miles northwest of the city, officially connecting Salt Lake City to the East and West and forever changing its municipal and economic trajectory. The hundreds of mines that began springing up around the region were now connected by rail to the greater United States, and soon facilities were being built to accommodate the growing number of workers and entrepreneurs flowing into the city. Known as “the crossroads of the west”, modern Salt Lake City has lived up to its moniker. As one of the largest cities in the Great Basin region, Salt Lake City has created a formidable infrastructure of transportation and shipping in order to move people and cargo through the region and from one coast to the other. The rail system provides interline switching routes for West coast, East coast, and Midwest shipments, and a trans-loading facility in the city is the first major destination and interchange point for Union Pacific Railroad lines originating from Seattle, Portland, Oakland, and Los Angeles. The Salt Lake City International Airport, eighteenth busiest in the world in terms of combined passenger and cargo volume, serves sixteen cargo carriers and handles over 550 million pounds of cargo annually. The city is also directly connected to east/west interstates I-80 and I-70, as well as north/south corridor I-15, allowing for the 2300+ motor freight carrier operations in Utah to truck goods into and out of Salt Lake City with ease. Though the economy of the city, like that of much of the country, has shifted from its agricultural and manufacturing roots toward finance, service, seasonal tourism, and real estate, the shipping innovations and infrastructure of the region have allowed Salt Lake City to continue to earn its title as the “crossroads of the west” and remain the biggest cargo mover of the Great Basin region.
Market Capacity represents the balance between the number of shipments from a given market and the available trucks in that market. Tight Capacity signifies more shipments than available trucks, and indicates a higher chance of late shipments or cancellations. Loose Capacity signifies that there are more available trucks than current shipments in that market, indicating a greater likelihood of on time shipments and no cancellations.
Below is the contact information and terminal location of the local freight shipping providers. Rather than being redirected from a generic national support line, the contact information provided includes specific location-based office numbers, so that you are able to get in touch directly with the appropriate local office to answer questions about your shipments.