Measure Description

Journey to Work Mode measures the percentage of people who choose to get to work by a method of transportation other than driving themselves in a vehicle.

The data is collected as part of the Municipal Census. One question asks people how they normally travel from home to work. Journey to Work Mode is a sum of the percentage of respondents who select “auto passenger," “transit,” “walking,” “cycling” or “other modes of transportation.” There are data limitations because the data is not sensitive to seasonal variations in travel patterns and it under-emphasizes less frequent travel behaviour.

The Journey To Work question was asked as part of the Municipal Census in 2012, 2014, and 2016. There were slightly different methodologies applied that have been adjusted for in the reporting of the result. Asking the journey to work question on the Municipal Census allows for a reliable and consistent means of obtaining this data. The question will be asked again on the 2016 Municipal Census along with an additional question about the place of work, which will enrich the understanding of Edmontonians' journey to work. In order to compare with previous Census results, the 2016 result was calculated using the 0-30 hours and 30 hours employment categories, and excluding the no responses.

Measure Importance

This measure looks at how people normally travel to work in Edmonton. Although only 26 per cent of all daily trips made are to or from work, commuting sets the travel pattern for the day, results in periods of traffic congestion and influences the capacity requirements of the transportation network.

Historical Data

Data source: Edmonton Municipal Census, (2012, 2014,2016)

Explanation of Performance

In 2017, 50.5 percent of the respondents indicated they were either very satisfied (4.1 percent) or satisfied (46.4 percent) with the transportation system overall. The result remained steady from the last time that Satisfaction Survey was conducted in 2014. Businesses that responded to the 2017 Satisfaction Survey reported neutral levels of satisfaction in both 2014 and 2017; resulting in no significant improvement overall in satisfaction.

The 2017 result remains below the TWA target. The 2017 survey results indicate that the most effective immediate actions to increase overall satisfaction with the transportation system for goods and services are to improve the overall conditions of paved roads, the effectiveness of pavement repairs, and to focus on the current renewal investment.
The City of Edmonton’s monitoring and addressing issues related to traffic signal coordination, operations of on-street construction areas, loading and unloading areas along roadways and travel time on major truck routes has contributed to the survey results.

Useful Links

For information about the City's strategic plan, The Way Ahead: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/city_vision_and_strategic_plan/the-way-ahead.aspx