When it comes to commuting to work or school, two in three Australians choose to opt for a private car in favour of public transport. In ten Australians, only one relies on public transport.

According to The Australasian Railways Association (ARA), it seems that people who are commuting to work would save sizeable amounts of money if they opted for public transport instead of driving a private car. This report indicates that an appreciative saving for capital city commuters would be $1,725 if commuters chose to arrive at their destination by train, bus or tram. If they depended on public transportation entirely, the saved capital would be $9,974.

The amount of money people would save if they changed their commuting habits would be utterly significant as the numbers of the studies point. However, it seems that, across many cities, 75 percent of the inhabitants rely on their private vehicle almost entirely.

Why do people opt for commuting with a private car?

The majority of local commuters find driving much more appealing and time-effective, compared to public means of transportation. Thus, they don’t seem to be resistant to paying that extra amount of cash, to enjoy the comfort of commuting with a private car. It’s not that difficult to understand what makes a private car a more attractive alternative than public transport. It’s more reliable, time-effective, and convenient.

While commuters acknowledge that they would be able to save money if they switched to public means of transportation instead, they simply consider the additional costs to be worth paying, as private commute offers a wide range of incomparable benefits.

Public transport is more effective in larger Australian cities

However, in larger cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne, 70 percent of CBD workers opt for public means of transportation, over a private car. Trains seem to be at the top of their preferred list. They choose to opt for the train in favour of a private car transportation for two key reasons. The first one is that the public means of transportation provided in these areas are genuinely time-effective and practical, compared to other cities. Additionally, during peak hours, opting for commuting by train is increasingly more effective than lingering in traffic jams for hours.

Australians, who still opt for private car commute in larger cities choose this decision given the fact that the jobs located in the outskirts of the cities are harder to access by public means of transportation. Moreover, the schedules are fixed, and that seems to be rather inconvenient.

At the moment, the majority of inhabitants choose to be commuting to work by car because they work in locations that are not so easily accessed by public transport. This fact makes driving a much more convenient and appealing alternative, regardless of the imminent additional costs.