Transport and Traffic

By clicking here or on this map below you can check on car and public transport travel times to and from many locations across Perth and a summary of available data on trends over time as well as satisfaction with services. 

 Perth travel times

The time and cost in moving people and goods around Perth shapes our lives and jobs in many ways. More time is now spent in a car, train or bus commuting between home and work, more time needed for the school drop-off and pick up or shopping but less time for family and friends or to relax. Here are some of the facts:

  • Traffic on Kwinana Freeway has swelled by more than 15,000 cars a day over the past four years and daily westbound traffic at the Northbridge tunnel has jumped 12,790 (or 27 per cent) since 2012-13 and eastbound traffic has increased 8619 (or 17 per cent), according to recent report by Main Roads.
  • After public transport patronage dropped to a four-year low in 2015-16, new figures reveal an even more dramatic fall in the first three months of 2016-17. Use of our public transportation system is down 4.5% in the first few quarter of 2016-17 after an already substantial drop of 3.2% in 2015-16. The total number of 145,594,036 boardings in 2015-16 was the lowest since 2011-12, including 1.75 million fewer bus boardings and 1.62 million fewer train boardings.
  • The RAC has forecast that congestion will cost the Western Australian economy $2.1 billion by 2020, with a massive 87% of businesses saying congestion had contributed directly to lost productivity, up from 78% in 2013. That means lost jobs. The full RAC report is available here.

 This video summarises some of these key points:

What's most important to you getting around the city? Do you use a car or public transport or both? We'd like to hear from you!

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Investment in public roads and public transport are classic examples of ‘common goods’ – these investments save everyone – business, families and individuals – time and money.  

However, over the past eight years the WA Liberal Government has made and broken many promises to improve traffic congestion and public transport.

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Check our transport references and resources here, which also includes details of the methods use for our maps.