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Method of travel to work

In the Masterton District 861 people walked, jogged or rode their bike to work in 2013.

The Masterton District's commuting statistics reveal the main modes of transport by which residents get to work. There are a number of reasons why people use different modes of transport to get to work including the availability of affordable and effective public transport options, the number of motor vehicles available within a household, and the distance travelled to work.

Commuting data is very useful in transport planning as it informs decision-makers about the availability, effectiveness and utilisation of local transport options, particularly when analysed with Residents Place of Work data and Car Ownership.

Derived from the Census question:

'On Tuesday 5 March, what was the one main way you travelled to work – that is, the one you used for the greatest distance?'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Method of travel to work
Masterton District20132006Change
Main method of travelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2006 to 2013
Drove a car, truck or van6,36358.747.46,33657.948.5+27
Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus4474.14.55705.25.3-123
Motorbike or power cycle1711.61.31861.70.8-15
Train2041.96.21651.55.8+39
Public bus210.27.6300.37.6-9
Bicycle2942.72.43032.81.7-9
Walked or jogged5675.29.85675.28.80
Worked at home1,0419.66.21,0149.35.7+27
Did not go to work on census day1,25411.610.31,17010.710.1+84
Other750.71.1480.40.9+27
Not stated / included3993.73.25495.04.7-150

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Method of travel to work, 2013
Method of travel to work, 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, Wellington Region: 47.4% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Wellington Region: 4.5% Motorbike or power cycle, Wellington Region: 1.3% Train, Wellington Region: 6.2% Public bus, Wellington Region: 7.6% Bicycle, Wellington Region: 2.4% Walked or jogged, Wellington Region: 9.8% Worked at home, Wellington Region: 6.2% Did not go to work on census day, Wellington Region: 10.3% Other, Wellington Region: 1.1% Drove a car, truck or van, Masterton District: 58.7% Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Masterton District: 4.1% Motorbike or power cycle, Masterton District: 1.6% Train, Masterton District: 1.9% Public bus, Masterton District: 0.2% Bicycle, Masterton District: 2.7% Walked or jogged, Masterton District: 5.2% Worked at home, Masterton District: 9.6% Did not go to work on census day, Masterton District: 11.6% Other, Masterton District: 0.7%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013
Change in method of travel to work, 2006 to 2013 Drove a car, truck or van, Masterton District: +27 Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus, Masterton District: -123 Motorbike or power cycle, Masterton District: -15 Train, Masterton District: +39 Public bus, Masterton District: -9 Bicycle, Masterton District: -9 Walked or jogged, Masterton District: 0 Worked at home, Masterton District: +27 Did not go to work on census day, Masterton District: +84 Other, Masterton District: +27
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

In 2013, there were 225 people who caught public transport to work (train or bus) in Masterton District, compared with 6,981 who drove in private vehicles (as a driver, or passenger).

Analysis of the method of travel to work of the residents in the Masterton District in 2013 compared to the Wellington Region shows that 2.1% used public transport, while 64.4% used a private vehicle, compared with 13.9% and 53.1% respectively in the Wellington Region.

The major differences between the main method of travel to work of the population in the Masterton District and the Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of persons who drove a car, truck or van (58.7% compared to 47.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used public buses (0.2% compared to 7.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who walked or jogged (5.2% compared to 9.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons who used the train (1.9% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of employed people in Masterton District decreased by 102 between 2006 and 2013.

The largest changes in the method of travel to work by resident population in the Masterton District between 2006 and 2013 were for those nominated:

  • Passenger in a car, truck, van or company bus (-123 persons)
  • Did not go to work on census day (+84 persons)

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