Hornsby Shire

Resident workers - Method of travel to work - All industries

Within the Hornsby Shire, there is a higher proportion of resident All industries workers using public transport to get to work than the New South Wales workforce.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport the Hornsby Shire'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 resident place of work for a clearer picture of where working residents are employed.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

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Resident workers method of travel to work
Hornsby Shire 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%. New South Wales%Number%. New South Wales%2011 - 2016
Car, as driver35,11449.657.835,70651.657.6-592
Car, as passenger2,1923.14.32,4143.55.0-222
Train16,49523.311.213,63819.79.3+2,857
Bus2,7373.94.42,3473.44.2+390
Ferry100.00.270.00.2+3
Tram140.00.1120.00.0+2
Truck4010.61.05200.81.2-119
Motorbike/Motor scooter3480.50.63240.50.6+24
Bicycle2100.30.72390.30.7-29
Taxi/Other610.10.2940.10.2-33
Other - multiple methods6620.91.26581.01.1+4
Walked only1,9092.73.91,9932.94.1-84
Worked at home4,1115.84.83,7985.54.6+313
Did not go to work6,0758.68.76,6799.79.5-604
Not stated4500.61.07101.01.5-260
Total 70,789100.0100.069,139100.0100.0+1,650

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

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Dominant groups

In 2016, there were 19,256 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in the Hornsby Shire, compared with 38,055 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 Hornsby Shire shows that 27.2% used public transport, while 53.8% used a private vehicle, compared with 15.9% and 63.7% respectively in New South Wales.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Hornsby Shire and the New South Wales workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers who travelled by train (23.3% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as driver (49.6% compared to 57.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who travelled by car, as passenger (3.1% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers who walked only (2.7% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel to work of the resident workers in the Hornsby Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Train (+2,857 resident workers)
  • Did not go to work (-604 resident workers)
  • Car, as driver (-592 resident workers)
  • Bus (+390 resident workers)

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