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The Hills Shire

Method of travel to work

In The Hills Shire 873 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

The Hills Shire'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
The Hills Shire - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Train
2,1092.913.82,8124.012.3-703
Bus
7,2559.95.83,4634.95.4+3,792
Tram or Ferry
00.00.430.00.4-3
Taxi
410.10.3800.10.3-39
Car - as driver
47,13364.553.845,71765.353.7+1,416
Car - as passenger
2,9714.14.53,3834.85.3-412
Truck
7471.01.18961.31.3-149
Motorbike
2370.30.62440.30.5-7
map this data in atlas.idBicycle1030.10.81090.20.6-6
map this data in atlas.idWalked only7701.14.19411.34.2-171
Other
4360.61.04870.70.9-51
map this data in atlas.idWorked at home4,2745.84.04,0075.73.9+267
Did not go to work
6,2128.58.56,6829.59.5-470
Not stated
8431.21.51,1891.71.9-346

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, The Hills Shire: 2.9% Bus, The Hills Shire: 9.9% Tram or Ferry, The Hills Shire: 0.0% Taxi, The Hills Shire: 0.1% Car - as driver, The Hills Shire: 64.5% Car - as passenger, The Hills Shire: 4.1% Truck, The Hills Shire: 1.0% Motorbike, The Hills Shire: 0.3% Bicycle, The Hills Shire: 0.1% Walked only, The Hills Shire: 1.1% Other, The Hills Shire: 0.6% Worked at home, The Hills Shire: 5.8% Did not go to work, The Hills Shire: 8.5% Not stated, The Hills Shire: 1.2%
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, The Hills Shire: -703 Bus, The Hills Shire: +3,792 Tram or Ferry, The Hills Shire: -3 Taxi, The Hills Shire: -39 Car - as driver, The Hills Shire: +1,416 Car - as passenger, The Hills Shire: -412 Truck, The Hills Shire: -149 Motorbike, The Hills Shire: -7 Bicycle, The Hills Shire: -6 Walked only, The Hills Shire: -171 Other, The Hills Shire: -51 Worked at home, The Hills Shire: +267 Did not go to work, The Hills Shire: -470 Not stated, The Hills Shire: -346
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 9,364 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in The Hills Shire, compared with 51,088 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 Hills Shire in 2011, compared to Greater Sydney, shows that 12.8% used public transport, while 69.9% 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 Hills Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (64.5% compared to 53.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by bus (9.9% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by train (2.9% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked only (1.1% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in The Hills Shire increased by 3,118 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Bus (+3,792 persons)
  • Car - as driver (+1,416 persons)
  • Train (-703 persons)
  • Did not go to work (-470 persons)

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