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Use public transport
Using public transport can greatly reduce your energy use. For car owners it saves on wear and tear and fuel costs for your car and you don't have to worry about traffic jams, red lights or looking for and paying for parking.
- Save money on fuel, car maintenance and parking
- Reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
- Reduce stress levels
- Reduce traffic congestion
At a glance
- Savings 3
- Ease 2
- Impact 3
Each trip you take on public transport instead of driving makes a difference. Starting with just one or two trips a week helps reduce your energy use. You can relax, daydream, or even catch up on some reading or work while the driver takes you to your destination.
If your circumstances change—for example, you move home or get a job in a new location—take the opportunity to make a change in your travel habits. If you usually drive, it could be the perfect time to investigate public transport options and take the bus, train or ferry instead. It could be quicker and easier than you think.
Many Australian cities and suburbs have good access to public transport. Your options could include trains, buses, trams or ferries.
- Find out where your local stops are and which routes are the quickest and the cheapest. You might also want to find the more scenic routes for when you have extra time.
- Timetables are usually available at train stations, tram and bus stops and online. There are generally different timetables for weekdays, weeknights and weekends.
- Contact your state or territory transport office to find out about your public transport options.
Park and Ride facilities are car parks with connections to public transport. It's generally cheaper to park in a Park and Ride facility than use regular city parking, and in some areas the parking is free.
Park and Ride options are available in:
- ACT Park & Ride ACT Government
- NSW Bike sheds and lockers Transport
- NT Public transport Northern Territory Government
- QLD Parking Queensland Government
- SA Park-n-Ride Government of South Australia
- TAS Park and ride Metro Tasmania
- VIC Stations and stops Public Transport Victoria
- WA Station facilities Transperth
Park and Ride car parks can also be used in combination with car pooling and car sharing.
It is also possible to combine cycling and public transport. Bicycles are allowed on public transport under certain conditions in most states and territories including:
- ACT Bike & ride ACT Government
- NSW Travelling with bikes and boards Transport
- NSW Walking and cycling Transport
- QLD Travelling with your bike Queensland Rail
- QLD How to travel with bikes on buses, trains, ferries Queensland Government
- SA Bikes on board Government of South Australia
- TAS Bikes on buses in Tasmania TRAVELLINGTWO
- VIC Bikes and public transport Public Transport Victoria
- WA Bikes on Transperth services Transperth
- WA Transwa luggage policy Transwa
Bicycles are not allowed on buses in the Northern Territory, and buses and trams in South Australia and Tasmania.
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