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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in RDA BGLAP Region have a lower 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 RDA BGLAP Region'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
RDA BGLAP Region 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%South Australia %Number%South Australia %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver23,12771.366.021,59469.363.8+1,533
Car, as passenger1,1233.54.61,2744.15.3-151
Train7172.21.96592.11.6+58
Bus1530.54.71670.54.8-14
Ferry160.00.040.00.0+12
Tram30.00.430.00.30
Truck3161.00.63711.20.8-55
Motorbike/Motor scooter1080.30.51290.40.5-21
Bicycle820.31.01150.41.0-33
Taxi/Other140.00.290.00.2+5
Other - multiple methods3861.21.53721.21.5+14
Walked only7892.42.89032.93.2-114
Worked at home1,6525.14.41,6845.44.2-32
Did not go to work3,64711.310.73,49211.211.4+155
Not stated2840.90.93861.21.4-102

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, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 71.3% Car, as passenger, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 3.5% Train, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 2.2% Bus, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 0.5% Ferry, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 0.0% Tram, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 0.0% Truck, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 1.0% Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 0.3% Bicycle, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 0.3% Taxi/Other, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 0.0% Other - multiple methods, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 1.2% Worked at home, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 5.1% Did not go to work, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries : 11.3% Not stated, RDA BGLAP Region - 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, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: +1,533 Car, as passenger, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: -151 Train, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: +58 Bus, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: -14 Ferry, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: +12 Tram, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: 0 Truck, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: -55 Motorbike/Motor scooter, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: -21 Bicycle, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: -33 Taxi/Other, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: +5 Other - multiple methods, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: +14 Worked at home, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: -32 Did not go to work, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: +155 Not stated, RDA BGLAP Region - All industries: -102
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 886 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in RDA BGLAP Region, compared with 24,569 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 RDA BGLAP Region shows that 2.7% used public transport, while 75.8% 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 RDA BGLAP Region and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (71.3% compared to 66.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (0.5% compared to 4.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as passenger (3.5% compared to 4.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the method of travel of work of the resident workers in RDA BGLAP Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Car, as driver (+1,533 people)
  • Did not go to work (+155 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-151 people)
  • Walked only (-114 people)

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