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Greater Western Sydney Region

Method of travel to work

In the Greater Western Sydney Region 18,695 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

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 2011?'

Employed persons (aged 15 years and over)

Method of travel to work
Greater Western Sydney Region - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Train105,62012.513.889,71711.512.3+15,903
Bus22,0222.65.814,2211.85.4+7,801
Tram or Ferry2900.00.41650.00.4+125
Taxi1,3910.20.31,4740.20.3-83
Car - as driver518,79961.453.8469,50660.353.7+49,293
Car - as passenger45,3355.44.548,2146.25.3-2,879
Truck12,9971.51.114,9851.91.3-1,988
Motorbike3,3270.40.63,2180.40.5+109
Bicycle2,4560.30.82,7210.30.6-265
Walked only16,2391.94.117,3192.24.2-1,080
Other7,1120.81.05,7390.70.9+1,373
Worked at home25,1513.04.023,8563.13.9+1,295
Did not go to work69,0838.28.570,8879.19.5-1,804
Not stated15,0101.81.516,8672.21.9-1,857

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, Greater Sydney: 13.8% Bus, Greater Sydney: 5.8% Tram or Ferry, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Taxi, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Car - as driver, Greater Sydney: 53.8% Car - as passenger, Greater Sydney: 4.5% Truck, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Motorbike, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Bicycle, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Walked only, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Other, Greater Sydney: 1.0% Worked at home, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Did not go to work, Greater Sydney: 8.5% Not stated, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Train, Greater Western Sydney Region: 12.5% Bus, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.6% Tram or Ferry, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.0% Taxi, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.2% Car - as driver, Greater Western Sydney Region: 61.4% Car - as passenger, Greater Western Sydney Region: 5.4% Truck, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.5% Motorbike, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.4% Bicycle, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.3% Walked only, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.9% Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: 0.8% Worked at home, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.0% Did not go to work, Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.2% Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.8%
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 Western Sydney Region: +15,903 Bus, Greater Western Sydney Region: +7,801 Tram or Ferry, Greater Western Sydney Region: +125 Taxi, Greater Western Sydney Region: -83 Car - as driver, Greater Western Sydney Region: +49,293 Car - as passenger, Greater Western Sydney Region: -2,879 Truck, Greater Western Sydney Region: -1,988 Motorbike, Greater Western Sydney Region: +109 Bicycle, Greater Western Sydney Region: -265 Walked only, Greater Western Sydney Region: -1,080 Other, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,373 Worked at home, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,295 Did not go to work, Greater Western Sydney Region: -1,804 Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: -1,857
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 127,932 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Greater Western Sydney Region, compared with 580,458 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 2011, compared to Greater Sydney, shows that 15.1% used public transport, while 68.7% used a private vehicle, compared with 20.0% and 60.0% 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) (61.4% compared to 53.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by bus (2.6% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked only (1.9% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (12.5% compared to 13.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Greater Western Sydney Region increased by 65,943 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+49,293 persons)
  • Train (+15,903 persons)
  • Bus (+7,801 persons)
  • Car - as passenger (-2,879 persons)

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