Public transport use per person in the Waikato region peaked in 2011/12 and has subsequently fallen.
This indicator is the average number of passenger transport boardings in the Waikato region per resident per year.
Public transport is defined as any shared transport service available for use by the general public, such as buses, trains and ferries. Although there is continuing debate as to the true efficiency of different modes of transportation, public transport is generally regarded as significantly more energy efficient than other forms of travel, particularly in metropolitan areas.
Any increase in the number of people using public transport instead of their own vehicle also reduces the numbers of cars on our roads. This improves road safety and journey times for all road users (including public transport vehicles). Improved journey times are not only welcomed by individual travellers; they can assist with improved efficiencies in moving freight within and outside our region. This in turn can contribute to a better regional and national economy. Less use of private vehicles also improves the environment (and people’s health) by reducing air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases.
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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Boardings data are available from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) online(external link), PT008 Public transport boardings by region. Data are reported in millions of boardings per year.
The boardings data (in millions) were divided by regional population estimates from Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) NZ.Stat tables, selecting subnational population estimates (RC), then the result was multiplied by 1,000,000 to arrive at average public transport passenger boardings per resident per annum.
Update details: Annual data to November are usually published by the Ministry of Transport in December.
Customised data request requirements: Nil
DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:
Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: No
Other regions: Yes, but not a meaningful comparison due to differing geographical and other characteristics.
New Zealand: Yes, but not a meaningful comparison due to differing geographical and other characteristics.
Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): No