Workers' homes and workplaces - how well do they match?

Providing for travel to employment has traditionally been seen as one of the most important components of transport planning. However, due to the lack of comprehensive data, we do not have a real understanding of the relationship between choice of home location and choice of work location; for example do people live near where they work, or work near where they live? This paper provides a detailed examination of the distribution of workers residences and workplaces in Melbourne. Data is derived from Australian Bureau of Statistics Census Data, and the Victorian Integrated Travel, Activities and Land-Use (VITAL) toolkit produced by the Transport Research Centre. Geographic Information Systems enable us to use new methods of data presentation to obtain new insights into the spatial distribution of workers. Workers' homes and workplaces are disaggregated to a census collection district level and by industry. A ratio of employment density to residential density is produced for each zone and the journey to work trip lengths examined for residential zones with different ratios. It is shown that journey to work distance tends to decline as the ratio increases, providing tentative support for the concept of mixed use residential developments as a way of reducing journey to work distances.


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  • Pagination: 14p (Session 1c, Paper 2)
  • Monograph Title: Promoting sustainable development in the transport sector
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 20
    • Issue Number: Part 1

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  • Accession Number: 01436023
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 7:27PM