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WSROC Region

Method of travel to work

In the WSROC Region 14,443 people rode their bike or walked to work in 2011.

The WSROC 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
WSROC Region - Employed persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Train83,10513.913.867,83912.412.3+15,266
Bus13,7152.35.89,1981.75.4+4,517
Tram or Ferry1930.00.41340.00.4+59
Taxi9720.20.31,1270.20.3-155
Car - as driver360,16260.353.8324,15459.453.7+36,009
Car - as passenger33,0505.54.534,8176.45.3-1,766
Truck9,0861.51.110,3751.91.3-1,289
Motorbike2,3030.40.62,2730.40.5+30
Bicycle1,7760.30.82,2170.40.6-441
Walked only12,6672.14.113,4022.54.2-735
Other4,8520.81.04,2130.80.9+639
Worked at home16,2642.74.015,4062.83.9+858
Did not go to work47,6568.08.548,9149.09.5-1,258
Not stated10,9981.81.512,0992.21.9-1,101

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, WSROC Region: 13.9% Bus, WSROC Region: 2.3% Tram or Ferry, WSROC Region: 0.0% Taxi, WSROC Region: 0.2% Car - as driver, WSROC Region: 60.3% Car - as passenger, WSROC Region: 5.5% Truck, WSROC Region: 1.5% Motorbike, WSROC Region: 0.4% Bicycle, WSROC Region: 0.3% Walked only, WSROC Region: 2.1% Other, WSROC Region: 0.8% Worked at home, WSROC Region: 2.7% Did not go to work, WSROC Region: 8.0% Not stated, WSROC 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, WSROC Region: +15,266 Bus, WSROC Region: +4,517 Tram or Ferry, WSROC Region: +59 Taxi, WSROC Region: -155 Car - as driver, WSROC Region: +36,009 Car - as passenger, WSROC Region: -1,766 Truck, WSROC Region: -1,289 Motorbike, WSROC Region: +30 Bicycle, WSROC Region: -441 Walked only, WSROC Region: -735 Other, WSROC Region: +639 Worked at home, WSROC Region: +858 Did not go to work, WSROC Region: -1,258 Not stated, WSROC Region: -1,101
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 97,013 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in WSROC Region, compared with 404,601 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 WSROC Region in 2011, compared to Greater Sydney, shows that 16.3% used public transport, while 67.8% 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 WSROC Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who travelled by car (as driver) (60.3% compared to 53.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who travelled by bus (2.3% compared to 5.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked only (2.1% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who worked at home (2.7% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in WSROC Region increased by 50,632 between 2006 and 2011.

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

  • Car - as driver (+36,009 persons)
  • Train (+15,266 persons)
  • Bus (+4,517 persons)
  • Car - as passenger (-1,766 persons)

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