Modelling Journey to Work Patterns in South East Queensland, Australia

Prem Chhetri, John Odgers, Rebecca Kiwan, Muhammad Ismail Hossain

Abstract


Journey to Work (JTW) describes the transportation mode used by an individual to travel from home to work. The paper analyses and models the spatial patterns of JTW. Using South East Queensland – a large conurbation and a popular destination for seachange, this study examined the aggregate JTW census data to capture travel to work patterns and the contextual factors that underpin different transportation modes. The results show heavy reliance on private cars to commute to work. Employment concentration, accessibility to the CBD and the number of bus stops per square kilometre all have a positive impact on public transport users; while the proportion of industrial land use to total zoned land elicits a negative impact on public transport users. These data suggest that the commute to industrial zones, which are largely located in suburban areas, necessitates the use of private cars; conversely better accessibility to the Central Business District via public transport encourages commuters to use public transport. However, the data uses in this study do not account for people who work from home, or whether the commuter’s employment is temporary or permanent, or account for the extent to which people’s work involves visiting multiple locations in one day.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/jgg.v6n1p46

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Journal of Geography and Geology   ISSN 1916-9779 (Print)   ISSN 1916-9787 (Online)

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