Research reveals pandemic’s enduring impact on mobility

Transurban has released its latest industry report, and Urban Mobility Trends August 2022 highlights that more than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, it continues to affect the way people think about movement and their use of transport networks.

The insights were gleaned from interviews undertaken with thousands of people across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, the Greater Washington Area and Montreal about a broad range of factors influencing mobility including working arrangements and transport preferences.  

Among the major findings were:

  • Most people expect to travel into their workplace around 3.5 days a week
  • 24% of respondents have changed the way they commute to work, with most of them switching from public transport to private vehicles  
  • 77%+ of respondents expect to use private vehicles at least several times a week in the next 12 months 
  • Most people expect their transport use to stay the same over the next 12 months, with slight increases expected on public transport  
  • 70%+ of respondents have the option to work flexibly to avoid peak traffic times, and the majority of those take up the option to work flexibly (at least a few times a month) to avoid peak traffic times. 
  • Most people do not consider, or only occasionally consider, the price of fuel when making short trips or commuting. The price of fuel has the greatest impact on planning for long trips across all surveyed cities.  

You can learn more about the research and its findings here

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