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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers 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 2011 and 2016 – by place of work

Resident workers method of travel to work
City of Adelaide 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver3,25335.166.03,30536.463.8-52
Car, as passenger2963.24.63644.05.3-68
Train1131.21.9840.91.6+29
Bus8148.84.77067.84.8+108
Ferry00.00.040.00.0-4
Tram1731.90.41251.40.3+48
Truck40.00.630.00.8+1
Motorbike/Motor scooter560.60.5650.70.5-9
Bicycle3473.71.02743.01.0+73
Taxi/Other330.40.2490.50.2-16
Other - multiple methods1421.51.51211.31.5+21
Walked only2,49126.92.82,48827.43.2+3
Worked at home4354.74.44124.54.2+23
Did not go to work1,03711.210.71,01211.111.4+25
Not stated830.90.9740.81.4+9

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016
Resident workers method of travel to work, 2016 Car, as driver, South Australia : 66.0% Car, as passenger, South Australia : 4.6% Train, South Australia : 1.9% Bus, South Australia : 4.7% Ferry, South Australia : 0.0% Tram, South Australia : 0.4% Truck, South Australia : 0.6% Motorbike/Motor scooter, South Australia : 0.5% Bicycle, South Australia : 1.0% Taxi/Other, South Australia : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, South Australia : 1.5% Worked at home, South Australia : 4.4% Did not go to work, South Australia : 10.7% Not stated, South Australia : 0.9% Car, as driver, City of Adelaide - All industries : 35.1% Car, as passenger, City of Adelaide - All industries : 3.2% Train, City of Adelaide - All industries : 1.2% Bus, City of Adelaide - All industries : 8.8% Ferry, City of Adelaide - All industries : 0.0% Tram, City of Adelaide - All industries : 1.9% Truck, City of Adelaide - All industries : 0.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Adelaide - All industries : 0.6% Bicycle, City of Adelaide - All industries : 3.7% Taxi/Other, City of Adelaide - All industries : 0.4% Other - multiple methods, City of Adelaide - All industries : 1.5% Worked at home, City of Adelaide - All industries : 4.7% Did not go to work, City of Adelaide - All industries : 11.2% Not stated, City of Adelaide - All industries : 0.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers method of travel to work, 2011 to 2016 Car, as driver, City of Adelaide - All industries: -52 Car, as passenger, City of Adelaide - All industries: -68 Train, City of Adelaide - All industries: +29 Bus, City of Adelaide - All industries: +108 Ferry, City of Adelaide - All industries: -4 Tram, City of Adelaide - All industries: +48 Truck, City of Adelaide - All industries: +1 Motorbike/Motor scooter, City of Adelaide - All industries: -9 Bicycle, City of Adelaide - All industries: +73 Taxi/Other, City of Adelaide - All industries: -16 Other - multiple methods, City of Adelaide - All industries: +21 Worked at home, City of Adelaide - All industries: +23 Did not go to work, City of Adelaide - All industries: +25 Not stated, City of Adelaide - All industries: +9
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 927 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in City of Adelaide, compared with 3,726 who drove in private vehicles (car – as driver, car – as passenger, motorbike, or truck).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide shows that 10.0% used public transport, while 40.2% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.6% and 71.5% respectively in South Australia.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Walked only (26.9% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (8.8% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bicycle (3.7% compared to 1.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (35.1% compared to 66.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in the City of Adelaide between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Bus (+108 people)
  • Bicycle (+73 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-68 people)
  • Car, as driver (-52 people)

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