In the time it takes for a quarter of Coasties to get to work, the rest of us could complete a University degree!
That’s the startling figure found by surveying 5000 commuters across the country, for the Australian Automobile Association and the NRMA.
The survey showed that 1 in 4 Coasties travels to Sydney each weekday, using the Motorway or rail line, both of which can barely cope with rush hour, thanks to an ever-growing population looking for a seachange.
This new national snapshot shows some of us spend around 1000 hours a year travelling to work. With an average 4 hours a day it’s 20 hours a week, a total of 800 hours — or almost 5 weeks — commuting. Multiply that each year and it’s the same amount of time it takes to earn a degree!
Travelling from Somersby to Homebush for example, takes a touch over 2 hours (127 minutes on average) to drive, walk and train.
The Wyong to Camperdown commute takes even longer: 133 minutes each way each day, including car, train, and walking. The Central Coast and Newcastle rail line is also one of the overcrowded services on the Sydney Trains system, with delays only adding to the trip time.
There are also multiple forms of transport being used in the commute: each morning Coasties have to walk, ride or drive to their nearest railway station, take the train, and back it up by a bus or another walk to the final destination.
Then do it all in reverse at the end of the day.
Most Coasties have to drive to the railway station particularly those living in suburbs with limited bus services like Terrigal or The Entrance, and parking at some stations can be hard to find even by 7am.
Even at the conservative estimate of 800 hours each year spent commuting, you could spend the same amount of time running a marathon…25 times over. Or perhaps drive the entire coastline of our country- including a ferry ride to Tasmania. You could even walk from Uluru to the A.C.T, if you were so inclined. Or simply take an extra few weeks' leave each year!
Whatever way you’re travelling, don’t forget you can take More Music Variety with you, click the pic to listen online now or download the Star104.5 app, free for Apple and Android devices. Listen to Star Traffic for regular updates, and phone any delays through to the studio on 02 4365 1045.
And for a little light reading, check out who else is riding the rails with you