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Local workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the City of Adelaide, the have a higher proportion of people using public transport to get to work than South Australia.

This data reveals the main modes of transport used by local workers in a particular industry to get to work. Workforce transport data for the City of Adelaide is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the effectiveness and availability of 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 (For instance, industries located near railway stations are likely to have higher public transport use than those located away from main public transport routes);
  • The number of motor vehicles available from 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 Workers pace of residence and Residents Place of work for a clearer picture of where people come from to work in the the City of Adelaide, and Employment locations for the Destination Zones they work in and how they arrive there.

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

Local workers method of travel to work
City of Adelaide - All industries20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver44,42440.664.241,18041.862.9+3,244
Car, as passenger7,3576.75.36,9727.15.5+385
Train5,7515.31.05,1515.21.0+600
Train and Car1,6911.50.31,3121.30.2+379
Train and other7650.70.37950.80.3-30
Train and multiple other methods4040.40.12330.20.1+171
Bus19,37817.74.118,02818.34.1+1,350
Bus and car2,7732.50.62,1342.20.5+639
Bus and other (not train)2960.30.11770.20.1+119
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)1810.20.11040.10.0+77
Ferry210.00.0120.00.0+9
Tram1,7421.60.39781.00.2+764
Truck630.10.8620.11.0+1
Motorbike/Motor scooter9760.90.67210.70.6+255
Bicycle2,7862.51.02,2102.21.2+576
Taxi/Other5800.50.94840.50.8+96
Other - multiple methods1,5491.40.76250.60.5+924
Walked only4,0223.73.23,5253.63.6+497
Worked at home1,0541.04.27730.84.6+281
Did not go to work12,91211.811.412,22712.411.8+685
Not stated6780.61.08350.81.1-157

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

Local workers method of travel to work, 2011
Local workers method of travel to work, 2011 Car, as driver, South Australia: 64.2% Car, as passenger, South Australia: 5.3% Train, South Australia: 1.0% Train and Car, South Australia: 0.3% Train and other, South Australia: 0.3% 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: 0.6% 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: 1.0% Car, as driver, City of Adelaide: 40.6% Car, as passenger, City of Adelaide: 6.7% Train, City of Adelaide: 5.3% Train and Car, City of Adelaide: 1.5% Train and other, City of Adelaide: 0.7% Train and multiple other methods, City of Adelaide: 0.4% Bus, City of Adelaide: 17.7% Bus and car, City of Adelaide: 2.5% Bus and other (not train), City of Adelaide: 0.3% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), City of Adelaide: 0.2% Ferry, City of Adelaide: 0.0% Tram, City of Adelaide: 1.6% Truck, City of Adelaide: 0.1% Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Adelaide: 0.9% Bicycle, City of Adelaide: 2.5% Taxi/Other, City of Adelaide: 0.5% Other - multiple methods, City of Adelaide: 1.4% Worked at home, City of Adelaide: 1.0% Did not go to work, City of Adelaide: 11.8% Not stated, City of Adelaide: 0.6%
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 workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011
Change in local workers method of travel to work, 2006 to 2011 Car, as driver, City of Adelaide: +3,244 Car, as passenger, City of Adelaide: +385 Train, City of Adelaide: +600 Train and Car, City of Adelaide: +379 Train and other, City of Adelaide: -30 Train and multiple other methods, City of Adelaide: +171 Bus, City of Adelaide: +1,350 Bus and car, City of Adelaide: +639 Bus and other (not train), City of Adelaide: +119 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), City of Adelaide: +77 Ferry, City of Adelaide: +9 Tram, City of Adelaide: +764 Truck, City of Adelaide: +1 Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Adelaide: +255 Bicycle, City of Adelaide: +576 Taxi/Other, City of Adelaide: +96 Other - multiple methods, City of Adelaide: +924 Worked at home, City of Adelaide: +281 Did not go to work, City of Adelaide: +685 Not stated, City of Adelaide: -157
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 31,260 people in the who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Adelaide, compared with 53,586 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the in the City of Adelaide in 2011 compared to South Australia shows that 28.6% used public transport, while 49.0% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.5% and 70.6% respectively in South Australia.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by bus (17.7% compared to 4.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers who travelled by train (5.3% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who travelled by car (as driver) (40.6% compared to 64.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers who worked at home (1.0% compared to 4.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+3,244 local workers)
  • Bus (+1,350 local workers)
  • Other - multiple methods (+924 local workers)
  • Tram (+764 local workers)

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