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Macarthur Region

Method of travel to work

In the Macarthur Region 1,702 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

The Macarthur 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
Macarthur Region - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Train12,87711.313.811,93211.212.3+945
Bus9920.95.89150.95.4+77
Tram or Ferry250.00.4160.00.4+9
Taxi1310.10.31170.10.3+14
Car - as driver73,14664.153.865,51061.553.7+7,636
Car - as passenger5,8855.24.56,2365.95.3-351
Truck2,1371.91.12,4452.31.3-308
Motorbike4690.40.65110.50.5-42
Bicycle1750.20.82290.20.6-54
Walked only1,5271.34.11,7411.64.2-214
Other9070.81.07150.70.9+192
Worked at home3,3552.94.03,4133.23.9-58
Did not go to work10,6129.38.510,76310.19.5-151
Not stated1,8651.61.51,9921.91.9-127

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, Macarthur Region: 11.3% Bus, Macarthur Region: 0.9% Tram or Ferry, Macarthur Region: 0.0% Taxi, Macarthur Region: 0.1% Car - as driver, Macarthur Region: 64.1% Car - as passenger, Macarthur Region: 5.2% Truck, Macarthur Region: 1.9% Motorbike, Macarthur Region: 0.4% Bicycle, Macarthur Region: 0.2% Walked only, Macarthur Region: 1.3% Other, Macarthur Region: 0.8% Worked at home, Macarthur Region: 2.9% Did not go to work, Macarthur Region: 9.3% Not stated, Macarthur Region: 1.6%
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, Macarthur Region: +945 Bus, Macarthur Region: +77 Tram or Ferry, Macarthur Region: +9 Taxi, Macarthur Region: +14 Car - as driver, Macarthur Region: +7,636 Car - as passenger, Macarthur Region: -351 Truck, Macarthur Region: -308 Motorbike, Macarthur Region: -42 Bicycle, Macarthur Region: -54 Walked only, Macarthur Region: -214 Other, Macarthur Region: +192 Worked at home, Macarthur Region: -58 Did not go to work, Macarthur Region: -151 Not stated, Macarthur Region: -127
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 13,894 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Macarthur Region, compared with 81,637 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 Macarthur Region in 2011, compared to Greater Sydney, shows that 12.2% used public transport, while 71.5% 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 Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (64.1% compared to 53.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by bus (0.9% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked only (1.3% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (11.3% compared to 13.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Macarthur Region increased by 7,568 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+7,636 persons)
  • Train (+945 persons)
  • Car - as passenger (-351 persons)
  • Truck (-308 persons)

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