Australia

The Costs of Commuting: An Analysis of Potential Commuter Savings

This report estimates the potential savings that Australian and New Zealand commuters can achieve if they decide to use public transport rather than a private vehicle to commute to work. These estimates are based on the potential savings commuters can achieve in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Canberra as well as Auckland and Wellington.

After identifying the potential costs to commute by car in Australian and New Zealand cities, this report uses two scenarios to examine potential commuter savings. The first scenario estimates the potential savings that can be made from leaving the car at home and using public transport to commute to work. The second scenario estimates the potential savings that can be made by selling the car (similarly, choosing not to buy an additional car) and using public transport to commute to work.

The Costs of Commuting: An Analysis of Potential Commuter Savings

To investigate the potential commuter savings that can be made from these scenarios, information has been gathered on car running costs, public transport fares, parking costs and also population data that illustrates labour force size and movement in each capital city.

Key findings

The report makes the following key findings:

  • The average Australian commuter pays $11,996.39 per annum in car ownership and running costs.
  • The average New Zealander commuter pays $11,852.98 per annum in car ownership and running costs.
  • For those that decide to not own a car and commute with public transport instead, Australians on average can potentially save $9,973.66 per annum.
  • For those that decide to not own a car and commute with public transport instead, New Zealand commuters on average can potentially save $9,065.78 each year.
  • On average, if an Australian car owner decides to leave their vehicle at home and use public transport to commute to work, they can potentially save $1,724.59 a year.
  • On average, if a New Zealand car owner decides to leave their vehicle at home and use public transport to commute to work, they can potentially save $2,119.03 a year.

The above potential savings increase further when additional costs not included in this study are incorporated.

Title: The Costs of Commuting: An Analysis of Potential Commuter Savings

Published by: Australasian Railway Association

Date: January 2015

Available from: Australasian Railway Association website at <http://www.ara.net.au/> or directly from <http://www.ara.net.au/UserFiles/file/Publications/15-01-REPORT-Commuter-costs-potential-savings-report-FINAL_Electronic.pdf> (PDF: 1.63MB).

Note from Urbanalyst: The above summary is sourced directly from the document and/or accompanying documentation. Aside from minor editorial modifications, the information is presented as-is.

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