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In Australia in 2004, cars contributed 41.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide or equivalent greenhouse gases, which is 7.4% of total national emissions. Trucks and light commercial vehicles contributed 26.2 million tonnes. Together these represent 12% of Australia's total emissions and since 1990 this figure has increased by 25%.
Taking public transport may not be as slow as you think. Data on peak hour speeds on major routes in Australia’s capital cities shows some major roads with peak hour speeds down to 18 km/h2.
Apart from the immediate environmental benefits, using public transport for all or part of your journey can be economically beneficial especially when you consider and include university parking permits, the rising costs of fuel and the often ignored running and servicing cost of operating a vehicle. It can also be faster and less stressful than driving, allowing you time to talk with friends, plan and catch-up on reading or studies.
Each of the 4 Campuses are accessible by several forms of public transport including buses and trains.
Do you want to travel by public transport to Deakin but finding the cost of purchasing an annual Myki a barrier? Did you know that the Division of Student Life provides interest free loans to students who are either in financial need or are progressing satisfactorily with their studies for transportation expenses?
Visit the Division of Student Life for more information and read the conditions for an application under 'Loans Scheme'.