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WSROC Region

Method of travel to work

In the WSROC Region 17,417 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
Train104,82314.513.886,33813.012.3+18,485
Bus16,3922.35.811,6721.85.4+4,720
Tram or Ferry2340.00.41790.00.4+55
Taxi1,3690.20.31,5470.20.3-178
Car - as driver432,19059.953.8389,55558.953.7+42,636
Car - as passenger39,5475.54.542,1286.45.3-2,580
Truck10,7791.51.112,3751.91.3-1,595
Motorbike2,7140.40.62,6050.40.5+108
Bicycle2,1780.30.82,5810.40.6-403
Walked only15,2392.14.116,2442.54.2-1,005
Other5,9410.81.05,0230.80.9+918
Worked at home19,0522.64.017,8912.73.9+1,161
Did not go to work56,9827.98.558,3128.89.5-1,330
Not stated13,7181.91.515,3462.31.9-1,628

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: 14.5% Bus, WSROC Region: 2.3% Tram or Ferry, WSROC Region: 0.0% Taxi, WSROC Region: 0.2% Car - as driver, WSROC Region: 59.9% 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: 2.6% Did not go to work, WSROC Region: 7.9% Not stated, WSROC Region: 1.9%
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: +18,485 Bus, WSROC Region: +4,720 Tram or Ferry, WSROC Region: +55 Taxi, WSROC Region: -178 Car - as driver, WSROC Region: +42,636 Car - as passenger, WSROC Region: -2,580 Truck, WSROC Region: -1,595 Motorbike, WSROC Region: +108 Bicycle, WSROC Region: -403 Walked only, WSROC Region: -1,005 Other, WSROC Region: +918 Worked at home, WSROC Region: +1,161 Did not go to work, WSROC Region: -1,330 Not stated, WSROC Region: -1,628
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 121,449 people who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in WSROC Region, compared with 485,230 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 16.8% used public transport, while 67.3% 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) (59.9% 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 (2.6% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in WSROC Region increased by 59,363 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 (+42,636 persons)
  • Train (+18,485 persons)
  • Bus (+4,720 persons)
  • Car - as passenger (-2,580 persons)

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