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Resident workers - Method of travel to work

The resident workers in Toowoomba have a lower proportion of people using public transport to get to work than Queensland.

Maximising access to employment is a key objective in any economic development strategy. Understanding the modes of transport Toowoomba'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
Toowoomba 20162011Change
Main method of travelNumber%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Car, as driver49,44669.564.145,66866.461.2+3,778
Car, as passenger4,2576.05.34,9047.16.1-647
Train640.13.2520.13.5+12
Bus3960.63.64170.63.9-21
Ferry160.00.170.00.1+9
Tram40.00.130.00.0+1
Truck7931.10.99961.41.3-203
Motorbike/Motor scooter5490.80.95640.80.9-15
Bicycle5210.71.05660.81.1-45
Taxi/Other1580.20.22050.30.2-47
Other - multiple methods9641.41.58441.21.4+120
Walked only2,4153.43.32,7173.93.7-302
Worked at home4,0595.75.33,7395.44.9+320
Did not go to work6,8979.79.77,18310.410.2-286
Not stated6400.90.99601.41.4-320

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, Queensland : 64.1% Car, as passenger, Queensland : 5.3% Train, Queensland : 3.2% Bus, Queensland : 3.6% Ferry, Queensland : 0.1% Tram, Queensland : 0.1% Truck, Queensland : 0.9% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Queensland : 0.9% Bicycle, Queensland : 1.0% Taxi/Other, Queensland : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Queensland : 1.5% Worked at home, Queensland : 5.3% Did not go to work, Queensland : 9.7% Not stated, Queensland : 0.9% Car, as driver, Toowoomba - All industries : 69.5% Car, as passenger, Toowoomba - All industries : 6.0% Train, Toowoomba - All industries : 0.1% Bus, Toowoomba - All industries : 0.6% Ferry, Toowoomba - All industries : 0.0% Tram, Toowoomba - All industries : 0.0% Truck, Toowoomba - All industries : 1.1% Motorbike/Motor scooter, Toowoomba - All industries : 0.8% Bicycle, Toowoomba - All industries : 0.7% Taxi/Other, Toowoomba - All industries : 0.2% Other - multiple methods, Toowoomba - All industries : 1.4% Worked at home, Toowoomba - All industries : 5.7% Did not go to work, Toowoomba - All industries : 9.7% Not stated, Toowoomba - 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, Toowoomba - All industries: +3,778 Car, as passenger, Toowoomba - All industries: -647 Train, Toowoomba - All industries: +12 Bus, Toowoomba - All industries: -21 Ferry, Toowoomba - All industries: +9 Tram, Toowoomba - All industries: +1 Truck, Toowoomba - All industries: -203 Motorbike/Motor scooter, Toowoomba - All industries: -15 Bicycle, Toowoomba - All industries: -45 Taxi/Other, Toowoomba - All industries: -47 Other - multiple methods, Toowoomba - All industries: +120 Worked at home, Toowoomba - All industries: +320 Did not go to work, Toowoomba - All industries: -286 Not stated, Toowoomba - All industries: -320
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 476 resident workers who caught public transport to work (train, bus, tram or ferry) in Toowoomba, compared with 54,500 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 Toowoomba shows that 0.7% used public transport, while 76.6% used a private vehicle, compared with 6.9% and 70.4% respectively in Queensland.

The major differences between the method of travel to work of the resident workers of Toowoomba and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Car, as driver (69.5% compared to 64.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Train (0.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers travelled to work by Bus (0.6% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Car, as driver (+3,778 people)
  • Car, as passenger (-647 people)
  • Worked at home (+320 people)
  • Walked only (-302 people)

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