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PUBLIC TRANSPORT


In October 2009, usual residents aged 18 years and over in the Brisbane Major Statistical Region (hereafter referred to as Brisbane) were surveyed to find out if they had used public transport in the month prior to the survey. If they had used it, they were asked how often they usually used it and their main reason for doing so. If they had not used public transport in the month prior to the survey, they were asked their main reason for not using it.


Use of public transport in Brisbane

In October 2009 in Brisbane, 509,500 usual residents aged 18 years and over used public transport in the month prior to being surveyed. This represented 35% of Brisbane's 1,458,500 usual residents aged 18 years and over. There were 941,500 Brisbane adults (65%) who did not use public transport in the month prior to being surveyed.

Use varied across age groups, persons aged 18 to 24 years were most likely to use public transport, with 54% (113,700) of total persons in this age group using it. Of the 202,500 persons aged 65 years and over, about one in three (33% or 66,100) used public transport in the month prior to being surveyed (table 5.1).

Proportion of persons using public transport, Age groups: Brisbane - Oct. 2009
Graph: Proportion of persons using public transport, Age of person: Brisbane—Oct. 2009


Of the 509,500 Brisbane adults that used public transport, 55% (280,800) were women and 45% (228,600) were men. Of the 941,500 Brisbane adults who did not use public transport, 49% (457,900) were women and 51% (483,500) were men (table 5.2).

Proportion of persons using or not using public transport, Sex of person: Brisbane - Oct. 2009
Proportion of persons using or not using public transport, Sex of person: Brisbane - Oct. 2009



Use of public transport in Brisbane Labour Force Regions

For a map of the Brisbane Labour Force Regions, refer to Labour Force Region Map - Queensland_inset.

There were 354,300 persons aged 18 years and over in the Brisbane City Inner Ring, of which 54% (191,800) used public transport in the month prior to being surveyed. Of the 464,100 persons aged 18 years and over in the Brisbane City Outer Ring, 36% (167,200) used public transport in the same period. For the remaining regions, 25% (63,600) of adults who usually resided in the North Brisbane Statistical Division (BSD) Balance used public transport, 23% (28,400) of those in Ipswich City used it and 22% (58,500) of those in the South and East BSD Balance used it (table 5.3).

Proportion of persons using public transport, Brisbane Labour Force Regions - Oct. 2009
Graph: Proportion of persons using public transport, Brisbane Labour Force Regions—Oct. 2009



Main reason for using public transport

Of the 509,500 persons in Brisbane who used public transport in the month prior to being surveyed October 2009, the most common main reason for using it was that public transport was more convenient than their own transport (45% or 228,900).

For a further 21% (104,500), the main reason was that they had no private form of transport, and 15% (76,800) reported the main reason as being cheaper than their own transport.

Proportion of persons, Main reason for using public transport(a): Brisbane - Oct. 2009
Graph: Proportion of persons, Main reason for using public transport(a): Brisbane—Oct. 2009


The most common main reason for using public transport reported by both males and females was that it was more convenient than their own transport (males 50% or 114,300 and females 41% or 114,500). Having no private form of transport was reported as the main reason by 20% of males (44,500) and 21% (60,000) of females (table 5.4). This was also the most common reason reported by all the age groups. For the youngest age group, 18 to 24 years, over one quarter (27% or 31,100) reported the main reason for using public transport was they had no private form of transport (table 5.5).


Main reason public transport was not used

Of the 941,500 persons in Brisbane who had not used public transport in the month prior to the survey, the most common main reason for not using it was that they used their own car for convenience/comfort/privacy (65% or 612,000) (table 5.6).

The next two most common main reasons reported were inadequate/inconvenient public transport services (13% or 121,100) and no service available at right/convenient time (9% or 86,700).

Proportion of persons, Main reason for not using public transport: Brisbane - Oct. 2009
Graph: Proportion of persons, Main reason for not using public transport: Brisbane—Oct. 2009


Frequency of public transport use

In October 2009, of the 509,500 persons in Brisbane who used public transport, 41% (208,900) usually used it between three and seven days a week, 21% (108,900) used it one to two days a week and 16% (80,200) used it less than once a month (table 5.8).

Proportion of persons usually using public transport, Frequency of use: Brisbane - Oct. 2009
Graph: Proportion of persons usually using public transport, Frequency of use: Brisbane—October 2009


5.1 WHETHER PUBLIC TRANSPORT USED, Age groups: Brisbane(a) - Oct. 2009

Used public transport in last month
Did not use public transport in last month
Total(b)

Number ('000)
18-24 years
113.7
92.9
209.2
25-34 years
108.8
179.6
292.5
35-44 years
74.4
213.9
288.2
45-54 years
70.1
186.7
256.7
55-64 years
76.4
133.0
209.4
65 years and over
66.1
135.5
202.5
Total
509.5
941.5
1 458.5
Proportion (%)
18-24 years
54.4
44.4
100.0
25-34 years
37.2
61.4
100.0
35-44 years
25.8
74.2
100.0
45-54 years
27.3
72.7
100.0
55-64 years
36.5
63.5
100.0
65 years and over
32.7
66.9
100.0
Total
34.9
64.5
100.0

(a) Refers to the Brisbane Major Statistical Region.
(b) Includes persons who did not know whether public transport was used in last month.

5.2 SEX OF PERSONS AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Whether public transport used: Brisbane(a) - Oct. 2009

Male
Female
Total

Number ('000)
Used public transport in last month
228.6
280.8
509.5
Did not use public transport in last month
483.5
457.9
941.5
Total(b)
714.0
744.5
1 458.5
Proportion (%)
Used public transport in last month
44.9
55.1
100.0
Did not use public transport in last month
51.4
48.6
100.0
Total(b)
49.0
51.0
100.0

(a) Refers to the Brisbane Major Statistical Region.
(b) Includes persons whose public transport use was not known.

5.3 WHETHER PUBLIC TRANSPORT USED, Persons aged 18 years and over - Labour force regions: Brisbane(a) - Oct. 2009

Used public transport
in last month
Did not use public transport
in last month
Total(b)

Number ('000)
Brisbane City Inner Ring Statistical Region
191.8
158.4
354.3
Brisbane City Outer Ring Statistical Region
167.2
295.1
464.1
South and East BSD Balance Statistical Region
58.5
207.1
267.2
North BSD Balance Statistical Region
63.6
186.6
250.1
Ipswich City Statistical Region
28.4
94.3
122.8
Total(a)
509.5
941.5
1 458.5
Proportion (%)
Brisbane City Inner Ring Statistical Region
54.1
44.7
100.0
Brisbane City Outer Ring Statistical Region
36.0
63.6
100.0
South and East BSD Balance Statistical Region
21.9
77.5
100.0
North BSD Balance Statistical Region
25.4
74.6
100.0
Ipswich City Statistical Region
23.2
76.8
100.0
Total(a)
34.9
64.5
100.0

(a) Refers to the Brisbane Major Statistical Region.
(b) Includes persons who did not know whether public transport was used in last month.

5.4 MAIN REASON PUBLIC TRANSPORT USED, Sex of persons aged 18 years and over: Brisbane(a) - Oct. 2009

Public transport
services
near home
Cheaper than
own transport
More convenient
than own transport
Less
stress
Reduced
travel time
Have no
private form
of transport
Total(b)

Number ('000)
Male
14.0
27.7
114.3
*10.1
*5.3
44.5
228.6
Female
26.6
49.1
114.5
*8.7
**3.7
60.0
280.8
Total
40.6
76.8
228.9
18.8
*9.0
104.5
509.5
Proportion (%)
Male
6.1
12.1
50.0
*4.4
*2.3
19.5
100.0
Female
9.5
17.5
40.8
*3.1
**1.3
21.4
100.0
Total
8.0
15.1
44.9
*3.7
*1.8
20.5
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Refers to the Brisbane Major Statistical Region.
(b) Includes main reason 'other' and persons who did not know why public transport was used in last month.

5.5 MAIN REASON PUBLIC TRANSPORT USED, Age groups: Brisbane(a) - Oct. 2009

Public transport
services near home
Cheaper than
own transport
More convenient
than own
transport
Less stress
Reduced
travel time
Have no
private form
of transport
Total(b)

Number ('000)
18-24 years
*11.1
*14.0
49.1
np
np
31.1
113.7
25-54 years
21.0
39.0
115.3
*8.2
*5.8
47.5
253.2
55 years and over
*8.5
23.8
64.4
np
np
26.0
142.5
Total
40.6
76.8
228.9
18.8
*9.0
104.5
509.5
Proportion (%)
18-24 years
*9.8
*12.3
43.2
np
np
27.3
100.0
25-54 years
8.3
15.4
45.5
*3.2
*2.3
18.7
100.0
55 years and over
*6.0
16.7
45.2
np
np
18.3
100.0
Total
8.0
15.1
44.9
*3.7
*1.8
20.5
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Refers to the Brisbane Major Statistical Region.
(b) Includes main reason 'other' and persons who did not know why public transport was used in last month.

5.6 MAIN REASON PUBLIC TRANSPORT NOT USED, Sex of persons aged 18 years and over: Brisbane(a) - Oct. 2009

No service available at all
No service
available
at right or
convenient time
Public transport
services
inadequate/ inconvenient
Travel time
too long
Use own
car for
convenience/
comfort/
privacy
No need
to use
Prefers to walk
Uses company car/work vehicle
Total(b)

Number ('000)
Male
26.1
45.6
54.6
*5.6
315.6
*7.4
*4.1
*10.5
483.5
Female
*17.9
41.0
66.5
*9.9
296.4
*7.3
*3.1
**3.5
457.9
Total
*44.0
86.7
121.1
*15.5
612.0
*14.7
*7.2
*14.0
941.5
Proportion (%)
Male
5.4
9.4
11.3
*1.1
65.3
*1.5
*0.8
*2.2
100.0
Female
*3.9
9.0
14.5
*2.2
64.7
*1.6
*0.7
**0.8
100.0
Total
4.7
9.2
12.9
*1.6
65.0
*1.6
*0.8
*1.5
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
(a) Refers to the Brisbane Major Statistical Region.
(b) Includes main reason 'other' and persons who did not know why public transport was not used in last month.

5.7 MAIN REASON PUBLIC TRANSPORT NOT USED, Age groups: Brisbane(a) - Oct. 2009

No service
available
at all
No service
available at
right or
convenient time
Public transport
services
inadequate/
inconvenient
Travel time
too long
Use own car
for convenience/
comfort/
privacy
No need
to use
Prefers to walk
(Qld data only)
Uses
company
car/work
vehicle
Total(b)

Number ('000)
18-24 years
**4.8
*8.1
*9.8
np
66.4
np
np
92.9
25-54 years
*25.8
59.3
68.8
*10.7
372.6
*11.9
*4.7
*13.0
580.1
55 years and over
*13.4
19.2
42.5
np
173.0
**2.8
np
np
268.5
Total
*44.0
86.7
121.1
*15.5
612.0
*14.7
*7.2
*14.0
941.5
Proportion (%)
18-24 years
**5.1
*8.8
*10.5
np
71.5
np
np
100.0
25-54 years
*4.5
10.2
11.9
*1.8
64.2
*2.1
*0.8
*2.2
100.0
55 years and over
*5.0
7.2
15.8
np
64.4
**1.0
np
np
100.0
Total
4.7
9.2
12.9
*1.6
65.0
*1.6
*0.8
*1.5
100.0

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
— nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
np not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated
(a) Refers to the Brisbane Major Statistical Region.
(b) Includes main reason 'other' and persons who did not know why public transport was not used in last month.

5.8 FREQUENCY OF USUAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT USE, Persons aged 18 years and over: Brisbane(a) - Oct. 2009

Three to seven days
a week
One to two days
a week
Once a fortnight
Once a month
Less than once
a month
Total(b)

Number ('000)
208.9
108.9
41.0
69.5
80.2
509.5
Proportion (%)
41.0
21.4
8.1
13.6
15.7
100.0

(a) Refers to the Brisbane Major Statistical Region.
(b) Includes frequency of use not known.





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