Data driven insights 

Connect relies on data from our members to inform travel behaviour change campaigns, analyse travel demand and to share with all tiers of government to improve travel options to and from Macquarie Park and North Ryde.

With high levels of growth expected over the next 20 years and the significant accessibility challenges faced across multiple transport modes, long-term strategic transport and land use data for Macquarie Park and North Ryde is vital in guiding and prioritising the future development of transport infrastructure and services. 

Where do we come from?

Postcode analysis of 56,317 commuters under Connect membership umbrella - November 2017

18% of Commuters are from the ryde Region

With a high proportion of commuters living within Ryde region, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) will begin a trial on-demand micro-transit bus service in late January 2018. This service will cater to commuters living within 15 km of Macquarie Park and North Ryde, delivering on demand, door-to-door transport to work. This will improve connections that penetrate the core of Macquarie Park and North Ryde during peak hours and would reduce the need to drive, the demand for on-street parking and local congestion. 

The Hill District is the third most popular region with 8% commuting from this area - TfNSW has increased the number and frequency of bus services from the Hills District and travel options will increase dramatically for these commuters when the new metro train comes online in mid 2019. 

In Macquarie Park and North Ryde, people work in a range of offices, technology, laboratory buildings and logistics spaces. Macquarie Park is also home to Macquarie University, a teaching hospital, a major shopping centre and several housing precincts. 

How did we get here?

Mode share analysis of Connect membership employees only for the top 10 regions - November 2017

74% of Northern Beaches residents Drive alone to work

A high proportion of commuters drive alone from the Northern Beaches due to lack of public transport options. Transport for NSW has increased public transport access with the introduction of the new B-line in November 2017. An interesting fact is that commuters from the Northern Beaches that carpool have indicated on average their journey takes approximately 4 mins less than those that drive alone. This is due to carpoolers able to utilise the transit lanes with more people in the car.

Commuters from Blacktown and City regions have the most sustainable transport modes with more of them using public transport than driving alone.

OPAL train data for Macquarie Park and North Ryde

TfNSW supplied Connect OPAL data for Wednesday 7 September 2016. In preparation for the temporary rail shutdown Connect is analysing train station data to ascertain the number of trips and the time those trips are taken to inform temporary rail shutdown planning for our members. 

Macquarie University Station

Total trips: 24,692

Arriving: 12,588 - Departing: 12,104

This station is frequented outside peak times due to travel demand from shoppers and students. More travellers arrive by train than depart which tells us that this station is a meeting place and travellers choose different modes for their return journeys.

 Macquarie University Station Train Usage - 

Macquarie Park station

Total trips: 9,356

Arriving: 4,673 - Departing: 4,683

This station is frequented mostly during peak times due a high concentration of adult travellers - almost 90% are adult tickets. Prior to the shutdown train users will be encouraged to shift their journeys to avoid the most congested periods. 

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North ryde station

Total trips: 4,486

Arriving: 2,287 - Departing: 2,199

This station is frequented mostly during peak times due a high concentration of adult travellers - 83% are adult tickets. Prior to the shutdown train users will be encouraged to shift their journeys to avoid the most congested periods.