Commuter rail in Australia

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Commuter rail forms a vital part of public transportation in major Australian cities. The largest, most extensive system is found in Melbourne[citation needed], while the system in Australia with the highest and most dense patronage is found in Sydney.

Summary of commuter rail systems[edit]

Average daily patronage, where possible, is taken from the last calendar or financial year.

System Name Major Cities Served Average daily patronage Lines Stations Length Patronage/km
Sydney Trains Sydney 866,000[1] 7 178 815km 1,063/km
Metro Trains Melbourne Melbourne 618,000 [2] 16 212 837km 738/km
Adelaide Metro Adelaide 36,000[3] 6 81 126km 285/km
TransPerth Perth, Mandurah 176,000[4] 6 76 173km 1,017/km
Queensland Rail City network (formerly Citytrain) Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast 141,000[5] 12 146 689km 205/km
V/Line Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Latrobe Valley 36,000[6] 5 61 646km 56/km


  1. ^ "Summary of Train Journeys (Official Patronage Figures)- March 2015". Bureau of Transport Statistics. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "PTV Station by Station Fact Sheet 2015". Public Transport Victoria. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Record Adelaide Metro Patronage as passengers flock to train network". Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "PTA Annual Report 2014-2015" (PDF). Public Transport Authority. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Queensland Rail 2014-2015 Annual Financial Report" (PDF). Queensland Rail Limited. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2013-2014". V/Line. Retrieved 7 October 2015.