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Greater Capital Cities

Method of travel to work

In Greater Capital Cities 282,120 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

Greater Capital Cities'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 Capital Cities - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Victoria %Number%Victoria %2006 to 2011
Train609,5079.37.9470,9798.06.5+138,528
Bus280,8344.31.3234,3194.01.1+46,515
Tram or Ferry56,0450.91.744,4230.81.5+11,622
Taxi15,9320.20.215,5390.30.2+393
Car - as driver3,850,09858.761.63,456,74658.761.5+393,352
Car - as passenger317,9984.94.6317,3025.44.9+696
Truck59,5440.90.867,8921.21.0-8,348
Motorbike39,8790.60.434,7580.60.5+5,121
Bicycle69,7791.11.253,6750.91.1+16,104
Walked only212,3413.23.3195,1023.33.6+17,239
Other73,5991.11.156,8401.01.0+16,759
Worked at home245,9463.84.3221,3983.84.6+24,548
Did not go to work629,6429.69.9612,78610.410.6+16,856
Not stated94,2561.41.6105,2241.81.9-10,968

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, Victoria: 7.9% Bus, Victoria: 1.3% Tram or Ferry, Victoria: 1.7% Taxi, Victoria: 0.2% Car - as driver, Victoria: 61.6% Car - as passenger, Victoria: 4.6% Truck, Victoria: 0.8% Motorbike, Victoria: 0.4% Bicycle, Victoria: 1.2% Walked only, Victoria: 3.3% Other, Victoria: 1.1% Worked at home, Victoria: 4.3% Did not go to work, Victoria: 9.9% Not stated, Victoria: 1.6% Train, Greater Capital Cities: 9.3% Bus, Greater Capital Cities: 4.3% Tram or Ferry, Greater Capital Cities: 0.9% Taxi, Greater Capital Cities: 0.2% Car - as driver, Greater Capital Cities: 58.7% Car - as passenger, Greater Capital Cities: 4.9% Truck, Greater Capital Cities: 0.9% Motorbike, Greater Capital Cities: 0.6% Bicycle, Greater Capital Cities: 1.1% Walked only, Greater Capital Cities: 3.2% Other, Greater Capital Cities: 1.1% Worked at home, Greater Capital Cities: 3.8% Did not go to work, Greater Capital Cities: 9.6% Not stated, Greater Capital Cities: 1.4%
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 Capital Cities: +138,528 Bus, Greater Capital Cities: +46,515 Tram or Ferry, Greater Capital Cities: +11,622 Taxi, Greater Capital Cities: +393 Car - as driver, Greater Capital Cities: +393,352 Car - as passenger, Greater Capital Cities: +696 Truck, Greater Capital Cities: -8,348 Motorbike, Greater Capital Cities: +5,121 Bicycle, Greater Capital Cities: +16,104 Walked only, Greater Capital Cities: +17,239 Other, Greater Capital Cities: +16,759 Worked at home, Greater Capital Cities: +24,548 Did not go to work, Greater Capital Cities: +16,856 Not stated, Greater Capital Cities: -10,968
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 946,386 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Capital Cities, compared with 4,267,519 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 Capital Cities in 2011, compared to Victoria, shows that 14.4% used public transport, while 65.1% used a private vehicle, compared with 11.0% and 67.4% respectively in Victoria.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of Greater Capital Cities and Victoria were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (4.3% compared to 1.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by train (9.3% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (58.7% compared to 61.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Capital Cities increased by 668,418 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+393,352 persons)
  • Train (+138,528 persons)
  • Bus (+46,515 persons)
  • Worked at home (+24,548 persons)

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