How Covid changed the way Australians move - more traffic jams, less public transport

by Josh Nicholas

17 May 2021

University of Sydney associate professor Matthew Beck says increased working from home will probably continue for some time, meaning transport networks will need to adjust to a new normal.

Public Transport Victoria is currently seeing just more than half of its pre-Covid passenger numbers. New South Wales is faring slightly better, at just more than 62% patronage. Queensland leads the big states with more than 70% of its pre-Covid numbers.

Compared with public transport, road traffic experienced shorter and sharper dips and has recovered uniformly around the country. On movement in general, there is a clear split between urban and regional areas, with the latter recovering more and faster.

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