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Greater Brisbane

Method of travel to work

In Greater Brisbane 41,774 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Greater Brisbane's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. There are a number of reasons why people use different modes of transport to get to work including the availability of affordable and effective public transport options, the number of motor vehicles available within a household, and the distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'How did the person get to work on Tuesday, 9 August 2011?'

Employed persons (aged 15 years and over)

Method of travel to work
Greater Brisbane - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2006 to 2011
Train64,9176.53.553,4206.03.1+11,497
Bus60,0446.03.844,7675.03.2+15,277
Tram or Ferry2,4980.20.12,5290.30.2-31
Taxi2,2570.20.22,2940.30.2-37
Car - as driver590,32958.860.9522,33258.359.4+67,997
Car - as passenger55,4965.56.155,4036.26.7+93
Truck11,4031.11.313,2471.51.6-1,844
Motorbike9,7291.00.99,4011.01.1+328
Bicycle10,3731.01.18,1130.91.1+2,260
Walked only31,4013.13.727,4693.14.0+3,932
Other11,6241.21.49,0441.01.3+2,580
Worked at home40,8354.14.936,8424.15.1+3,993
Did not go to work100,80210.010.796,96210.811.4+3,840
Not stated13,1051.31.413,9711.61.7-866

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2011
Method of travel to work, 2011 Train, Queensland: 3.5% Bus, Queensland: 3.8% Tram or Ferry, Queensland: 0.1% Taxi, Queensland: 0.2% Car - as driver, Queensland: 60.9% Car - as passenger, Queensland: 6.1% Truck, Queensland: 1.3% Motorbike, Queensland: 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland: 1.1% Walked only, Queensland: 3.7% Other, Queensland: 1.4% Worked at home, Queensland: 4.9% Did not go to work, Queensland: 10.7% Not stated, Queensland: 1.4% Train, Greater Brisbane: 6.5% Bus, Greater Brisbane: 6.0% Tram or Ferry, Greater Brisbane: 0.2% Taxi, Greater Brisbane: 0.2% Car - as driver, Greater Brisbane: 58.8% Car - as passenger, Greater Brisbane: 5.5% Truck, Greater Brisbane: 1.1% Motorbike, Greater Brisbane: 1.0% Bicycle, Greater Brisbane: 1.0% Walked only, Greater Brisbane: 3.1% Other, Greater Brisbane: 1.2% Worked at home, Greater Brisbane: 4.1% Did not go to work, Greater Brisbane: 10.0% Not stated, Greater Brisbane: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Train, Greater Brisbane: +11,497 Bus, Greater Brisbane: +15,277 Tram or Ferry, Greater Brisbane: -31 Taxi, Greater Brisbane: -37 Car - as driver, Greater Brisbane: +67,997 Car - as passenger, Greater Brisbane: +93 Truck, Greater Brisbane: -1,844 Motorbike, Greater Brisbane: +328 Bicycle, Greater Brisbane: +2,260 Walked only, Greater Brisbane: +3,932 Other, Greater Brisbane: +2,580 Worked at home, Greater Brisbane: +3,993 Did not go to work, Greater Brisbane: +3,840 Not stated, Greater Brisbane: -866
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2011, there were 127,459 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Brisbane, compared with 666,957 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in Greater Brisbane in 2011, compared to Queensland, shows that 12.7% used public transport, while 66.4% used a private vehicle, compared with 7.4% and 69.2% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of Greater Brisbane and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by train (6.5% compared to 3.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (6.0% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (58.8% compared to 60.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Brisbane increased by 109,019 between 2006 and 2011.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in Greater Brisbane between 2006 and 2011 were for those nominated:

  • Car - as driver (+67,997 persons)
  • Bus (+15,277 persons)
  • Train (+11,497 persons)
  • Worked at home (+3,993 persons)

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