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Greater Western Sydney Region

Method of travel to work

In the Greater Western Sydney Region 18,902 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2016.

The Greater Western Sydney Region'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 2016?'

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Method of travel to work
Greater Western Sydney Region - Employed persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Train132,86814.016.2108,57512.713.8+24,293
Bus30,7643.26.123,1272.75.8+7,637
Tram or Ferry3550.00.42470.00.4+108
Taxi1,3400.10.21,3600.20.3-20
Car - as driver585,21661.552.7524,35561.153.7+60,860
Car - as passenger44,8644.73.945,8495.34.5-986
Truck11,9651.30.913,1601.51.1-1,195
Motorbike3,4580.40.73,1530.40.6+305
Bicycle2,1000.20.72,2440.30.8-144
Walked only16,8021.84.016,6291.94.1+172
Other9,4201.01.16,9370.81.0+2,483
Worked at home32,4413.44.425,5043.04.0+6,936
Did not go to work70,9527.57.871,3698.38.6-418
Not stated9,7301.00.915,2861.81.5-5,557

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2016
Method of travel to work, 2016 Train, Greater Sydney: 16.2% Bus, Greater Sydney: 6.1% Tram or Ferry, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Taxi, Greater Sydney: 0.2% Car - as driver, Greater Sydney: 52.7% Car - as passenger, Greater Sydney: 3.9% Truck, Greater Sydney: 0.9% Motorbike, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Bicycle, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Walked only, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Other, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Worked at home, Greater Sydney: 4.4% Did not go to work, Greater Sydney: 7.8% Not stated, Greater Sydney: 0.9% Train, Greater Western Sydney Region: 14.0% Bus, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.2% Tram or Ferry, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.0% Taxi, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.1% Car - as driver, Greater Western Sydney Region: 61.5% Car - as passenger, Greater Western Sydney Region: 4.7% Truck, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.3% Motorbike, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.4% Bicycle, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.2% Walked only, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.8% Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.0% Worked at home, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.4% Did not go to work, Greater Western Sydney Region: 7.5% Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Train, Greater Western Sydney Region: +24,293 Bus, Greater Western Sydney Region: +7,637 Tram or Ferry, Greater Western Sydney Region: +108 Taxi, Greater Western Sydney Region: -20 Car - as driver, Greater Western Sydney Region: +60,860 Car - as passenger, Greater Western Sydney Region: -986 Truck, Greater Western Sydney Region: -1,195 Motorbike, Greater Western Sydney Region: +305 Bicycle, Greater Western Sydney Region: -144 Walked only, Greater Western Sydney Region: +172 Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,483 Worked at home, Greater Western Sydney Region: +6,936 Did not go to work, Greater Western Sydney Region: -418 Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: -5,557
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 163,987 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Western Sydney Region, compared with 645,503 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 the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016, compared to Greater Sydney, shows that 17.2% used public transport, while 67.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 22.7% and 58.1% respectively in Greater Sydney.

The major differences in persons between the method of travel to work of the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (61.5% compared to 52.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by bus (3.2% compared to 6.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked only (1.8% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (14.0% compared to 16.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Western Sydney Region increased by 94,475 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in the Greater Western Sydney Region between 2011 and 2016 were for those nominated:

  • Car - as driver (+60,860 persons)
  • Train (+24,293 persons)
  • Bus (+7,637 persons)
  • Worked at home (+6,936 persons)

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