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Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in the City of Adelaide have a higher proportion of people using public transport to get to work than South Australia.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the City of Adelaide's local resident workers use (either within or outside the local area), informs decision-makers about the effectiveness of transport modes, routes and availability of local public transport.

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 between place of residence and place of work;
  • The number of motor vehicles available within a household; and
  • The travel distance to work, which for example, can allow people to walk or bicycle to their place of employment.

Method of Travel to Work data should be viewed in conjunction with Residents place of work and for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

Local resident workers method of travel to work
City of Adelaide 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver3,30436.463.82,97538.462.3+329
Car, as passenger3634.05.32973.85.6+66
Train530.61.0450.61.0+8
Train and Car120.10.430.00.2+9
Train and other210.20.2290.40.3-8
Train and multiple other methods60.10.140.10.1+2
Bus6367.04.15587.24.1+78
Bus and car250.30.690.10.5+16
Bus and other (not train)280.30.1150.20.1+13
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)80.10.130.00.0+5
Ferry40.00.000.00.0+4
Tram1261.40.3110.10.2+115
Truck30.00.8210.31.0-18
Motorbike/Motor scooter640.70.5610.80.6+3
Bicycle2743.01.02242.91.2+50
Taxi/Other1071.20.91091.40.9-2
Other - multiple methods730.80.7420.50.5+31
Walked only2,48627.43.21,94325.13.6+543
Worked at home4124.54.23694.84.5+43
Did not go to work1,01011.111.493812.111.8+72
Not stated740.81.4941.21.7-20

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local resident workers method of travel to work, 2011
Local resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 Car, as driver, South Australia: 63.8% Car, as passenger, South Australia: 5.3% Train, South Australia: 1.0% Train and Car, South Australia: 0.4% Train and other, South Australia: 0.2% Train and multiple other methods, South Australia: 0.1% Bus, South Australia: 4.1% Bus and car, South Australia: 0.6% Bus and other (not train), South Australia: 0.1% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), South Australia: 0.1% Ferry, South Australia: 0.0% Tram, South Australia: 0.3% Truck, South Australia: 0.8% Motorbike/Motor scooter, South Australia: 0.5% Bicycle, South Australia: 1.0% Taxi/Other, South Australia: 0.9% Other - multiple methods, South Australia: 0.7% Worked at home, South Australia: 4.2% Did not go to work, South Australia: 11.4% Not stated, South Australia: 1.4% Car, as driver, City of Adelaide: 36.4% Car, as passenger, City of Adelaide: 4.0% Train, City of Adelaide: 0.6% Train and Car, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Train and other, City of Adelaide: 0.2% Train and multiple other methods, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Bus, City of Adelaide: 7.0% Bus and car, City of Adelaide: 0.3% Bus and other (not train), City of Adelaide: 0.3% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), City of Adelaide: 0.1% Ferry, City of Adelaide: 0.0% Tram, City of Adelaide: 1.4% Truck, City of Adelaide: 0.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Adelaide: 0.7% Bicycle, City of Adelaide: 3.0% Taxi/Other, City of Adelaide: 1.2% Other - multiple methods, City of Adelaide: 0.8% Worked at home, City of Adelaide: 4.5% Did not go to work, City of Adelaide: 11.1% Not stated, City of Adelaide: 0.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local resident workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in local resident workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Car, as driver, City of Adelaide: +329 Car, as passenger, City of Adelaide: +66 Train, City of Adelaide: +8 Train and Car, City of Adelaide: +9 Train and other, City of Adelaide: -8 Train and multiple other methods, City of Adelaide: +2 Bus, City of Adelaide: +78 Bus and car, City of Adelaide: +16 Bus and other (not train), City of Adelaide: +13 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), City of Adelaide: +5 Ferry, City of Adelaide: +4 Tram, City of Adelaide: +115 Truck, City of Adelaide: -18 Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Adelaide: +3 Bicycle, City of Adelaide: +50 Taxi/Other, City of Adelaide: -2 Other - multiple methods, City of Adelaide: +31 Worked at home, City of Adelaide: +43 Did not go to work, City of Adelaide: +72 Not stated, City of Adelaide: -20
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2011, there were 793 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Adelaide, compared with 3,796 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the local labour force in the City of Adelaide shows that 8.7% used public transport, while 41.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.5% and 70.1% respectively in South Australia.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the local labour force in the City of Adelaide and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Walked only (27.4% compared to 3.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (7.0% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bicycle (3.0% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Car, as driver (36.4% compared to 63.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the local labour force in the City of Adelaide between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Walked only (+543 local labour force)
  • Car, as driver (+329 local labour force)
  • Tram (+115 local labour force)
  • Bus (+78 local labour force)

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