Adelaide's rich drive solo, leaving buses for the poor
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Author: Liam Mannix, Indaily
A higher proportion of Adelaide's drivers travel solo than any other Australian city. Photo: Nat Rogers/InDaily
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Adelaide's wealthy turn their noses up at the city's buses, leaving public transport to the poor, in defiance of a national trend.
And those drivers aren't taking passengers along for the ride, with Adelaide having the highest proportion for any capital city of people driving to work solo.
In Sydney and Melbourne the wealthy tend to be heavy users of public transport, compared to the less-well-off. Not so in Adelaide, according to the latest Federal Government State of Australian Cities report.
"In Adelaide, 7.7% of the people in the top income group ($2,000 or more per week) used mass transit for journeys to work, while 12.3% of the lowest income group ($0-$299 per week) made use of mass transit for journeys to work," the report says.
"This is the reverse of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, where a higher proportion of people in the top income groups use mass transit for journeys to work than those in the lowest group."
Nationally close to 20 per cent of people in the highest income bracket use public transport to get to work - the figure is as high as 30 per cent in Sydney.
Adelaide is the only mainland capital city where the average annual income of public transport users is lower than that of car drivers.
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