Australia’s 12 million public transport users face a COVID19 dilemma – get back on the train or drive to work?

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 29-May-20

Research by Roy Morgan shows that over 12 million Australians aged 14+ (58%) use public transport in an average three months. Trains are the most popular form of public transport, used by 9.2 million (44%), ahead of buses (used by 8 million, or 38%) and trams (used by 3.4 million, or 16%). The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent months has raised new questions about the safety of mass transit systems as Australians start returning to a more normal work-life experience as restrictions are gradually eased. Usage of public transport is fairly similar for both women (56%) and men (59%). Analysis by generation shows a clear correlation between age and how likely someone is to use public transport, with 3.4 million Australians in the youngest generation, Gen Z (72%), using public transport. Over 3 million Millennials (60%) use public transport, compared with 2.6 million in Gen X (53%), 2.3 million Baby Boomers (51%) and 770,000 Pre-Boomers (42%).


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