Produce Everything you Consume
Out on the edges of human space, you can't build a city by spending credits. Instead, you'll have to put your first astronauts to mining work and get some raw materials. Once you have some iron, carbon, sand, and sulfur, it's time to set up your first steel mill and concrete factory to start laying down some infrastructure. Even necessities like food and oxygen require a steady production chain that must not be broken!
InfraSpace simulates every. single. car. Each resource you ever produce needs to be transported to a factory for processing and each product needs to go to a habitat for consumption. Your road network can handle a lot, but without your oversight it will grind to a halt and drown in traffic eventually. Build highways, roundabouts, and multi lane roads to ensure the production heart of the city keeps beating.
Trains, Pipes, and Cargo Lifts
Your road network might be versatile, but it's not the right choice for every kind of resource - or the most fun one. Build rails and train stations to haul massive amounts of goods. Build underground pipes to pump liquids and gases all over the city. Build cargo lifts to reach the highest mountain tops and traverse even the most rugged terrain.
Your first colonists will be astronauts, the best and the bravest humanity has to offer. Give them food and shelter and they'll keep your outpost running no matter what. As your settlement grows, you need to cover the increasing workload by employing scientists and engineers, which require a few more creature comforts. Any city of sufficient size will sooner or later be home to more and more families as well, so make sure your schools can handle it and you are able to deliver the latest VR-edutainment products as well.
Terraform the Planet
Living on a desert planet can be harsh - but you have your eyes set on the dream: Terraform the planet, make the desert green and the atmosphere breathable. It's a huge undertaking, requring a collosal amount of resources. Don't despair, because by the time you're starting this project, you have all the technology, infrastructure, and manpower necessary to make this dream a reality!
You don't have to play hard
Traffic management can be fickle and survival can be tough. You can adjust the difficulties of both to make your city management experience as easy - or as hard - as you want it to be.