Lengthy commutes in Australia

In Australia, there seems to be a general perception that residents of the nation’s largest cities (and particularly of the outer suburbs) spend long periods commuting each day and that commuting times are trending strongly upwards. The reality is that significant population growth and rising road congestion levels in Australian major cities have not translated into a significant rise average commuting times. The best available data for Sydney and Melbourne indicates that average commuting times have shown limited growth during the last decade. Since around 2010, commuting times have either stabilised or fallen. Research suggests this is due to various processes of adaptation by individuals, including shifting places of residence or work, changing work hours, changing travel modes and reducing non-commuting travel. In the past, BITRE produced a series of research reports which were based on the analysis of average commuting times for major cities and of how average commuting times vary spatially within a city. The analysis in this report is focused on individuals, rather than cities or regions— namely those individuals who undertake lengthy commutes. This research provides a solid evidence-base to understand who is undertaking lengthy commutes, their prevalence and trend. It also explores whether the same individuals are consistently taking lengthy commutes or whether this tends to be temporary. The processes of adaptation of locational choices over time are also explored.

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    • INFRA 2833
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    Australia. Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)

    GPO Box 501, Canberra, ACT, Australia 2601
    Canberra, ACT   
  • Authors:
    • Johnson, L
    • Hossain, I
    • Thomson, K
    • Jones, W
  • Publication Date: 2016-5


  • English

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  • Pagination: 231p
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    • Issue Number: 144

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  • Accession Number: 01602493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781925401394
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 21 2016 10:21AM