As well as walking or cycling, encouraging people to use public transport to commute to and from work is high on the agenda for local and state governments. Good public transport can lead the way to less congested and less polluted roadways. Due to a lack of infrastructure, driving to work is often much quicker than public transport for many Australians, and so commuter numbers on these modes wane.
This FACT indicates the percentage of people in each Australian city using public transport for commuting to and from work on either a bus, train, ferry or tram (including light rail). The level of car dependency in Australian cities has increased, in terms of vehicle kilometres travelled, at a rate faster than the country's population growth. This phenomenon often results in dire circumstances for both individuals and governments. Car dependency aggravates traffic congestion, pollution, and discourages healthy lifestyles. Public transport, especially for those living too far to cycle or walk, provides a real solution to these problems. These numbers are most likely influenced by the quality of public transport networks available in each city.