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Resident workers (Local) - Method of travel to work

The local labour force in Penrith City have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Greater Sydney.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Penrith City'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
Penrith City 20112006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Car, as driver56,43364.753.751,69761.953.5+4,736
Car, as passenger4,7665.54.55,1866.25.3-420
Train4,7125.49.14,3725.28.0+340
Train and Car2,0802.41.81,9582.31.8+122
Train and other1,1051.32.21,0971.32.0+8
Train and multiple other methods4700.50.53630.40.4+107
Bus6960.85.25550.74.9+141
Bus and car1100.10.4960.10.3+14
Bus and other (not train)00.00.190.00.1-9
Bus and two other methods (excluding train)140.00.070.00.0+7
Ferry80.00.330.00.3+5
Tram170.00.190.00.0+8
Truck1,7712.01.12,0962.51.3-325
Motorbike/Motor scooter4170.50.64420.50.5-25
Bicycle2570.30.83110.40.6-54
Taxi/Other4110.50.74700.60.8-59
Other - multiple methods4910.60.73600.40.4+131
Walked only1,3931.64.11,6001.94.2-207
Worked at home2,4292.84.02,3322.83.9+97
Did not go to work8,1949.48.68,89210.79.7-698
Not stated1,4521.71.51,6071.91.9-155

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, Greater Sydney: 53.7% Car, as passenger, Greater Sydney: 4.5% Train, Greater Sydney: 9.1% Train and Car, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Train and other, Greater Sydney: 2.2% Train and multiple other methods, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Bus, Greater Sydney: 5.2% Bus and car, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Bus and other (not train), Greater Sydney: 0.1% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Greater Sydney: 0.0% Ferry, Greater Sydney: 0.3% Tram, Greater Sydney: 0.1% Truck, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Bicycle, Greater Sydney: 0.8% Taxi/Other, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Other - multiple methods, Greater Sydney: 0.7% Worked at home, Greater Sydney: 4.0% Did not go to work, Greater Sydney: 8.6% Not stated, Greater Sydney: 1.5% Car, as driver, Penrith City: 64.7% Car, as passenger, Penrith City: 5.5% Train, Penrith City: 5.4% Train and Car, Penrith City: 2.4% Train and other, Penrith City: 1.3% Train and multiple other methods, Penrith City: 0.5% Bus, Penrith City: 0.8% Bus and car, Penrith City: 0.1% Bus and other (not train), Penrith City: 0.0% Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Penrith City: 0.0% Ferry, Penrith City: 0.0% Tram, Penrith City: 0.0% Truck, Penrith City: 2.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Penrith City: 0.5% Bicycle, Penrith City: 0.3% Taxi/Other, Penrith City: 0.5% Other - multiple methods, Penrith City: 0.6% Worked at home, Penrith City: 2.8% Did not go to work, Penrith City: 9.4% Not stated, Penrith City: 1.7%
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, Penrith City: +4,736 Car, as passenger, Penrith City: -420 Train, Penrith City: +340 Train and Car, Penrith City: +122 Train and other, Penrith City: +8 Train and multiple other methods, Penrith City: +107 Bus, Penrith City: +141 Bus and car, Penrith City: +14 Bus and other (not train), Penrith City: -9 Bus and two other methods (excluding train), Penrith City: +7 Ferry, Penrith City: +5 Tram, Penrith City: +8 Truck, Penrith City: -325 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Penrith City: -25 Bicycle, Penrith City: -54 Taxi/Other, Penrith City: -59 Other - multiple methods, Penrith City: +131 Worked at home, Penrith City: +97 Did not go to work, Penrith City: -698 Not stated, Penrith City: -155
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 9,195 people in the local resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Penrith City, compared with 62,987 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 Penrith City shows that 10.5% used public transport, while 72.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 19.7% and 59.3% respectively in Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the local labour force in Penrith City and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Car, as driver (64.7% compared to 53.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Bus (0.8% compared to 5.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Train (5.4% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local labour force who travelled to work by Walked only (1.6% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+4,736 local labour force)
  • Did not go to work (-698 local labour force)
  • Car, as passenger (-420 local labour force)
  • Train (+340 local labour force)

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