London (Underground) - $3.95 (Oyster card single)
Brisbane (all modes) - $3.11 (go card single)
Berlin (all modes) - $3.10 (paper ticket)
Madrid (Metro) - $2.70 (single)
Paris (Metro) - $2.30 (paper ticket single)
New York (MTA Subway/Bus) - $2.25 (Metrocard single)
London (Bus) - $2.05 (Oyster card single)Tokyo (Tokyo Metro) - $1.92 (regular ticket/PASMO single)
Los Angeles (Metro) - $1.47 (base fare)
Santiago (Metro) - $1.20 (paper ticket single)
Bangkok (Skytrain) - $0.96 (single)
Singapore (SMRT) - $0.95 (single)
Hong Kong (MTR) - $0.84 (Octopus card single)
Shanghai (Metro) - $0.45 (single-ride ticket)
Mexico City (Metro) - $0.24 (single ticket)
Out of 15 cities in the comparison, Brisbane had the second highest single adult fare at $3.11. Only London is more expensive, although it should be considered that London has capped daily fares, as well as weekly, monthly, and yearly options. There are no such periodical options for frequent commuters in Brisbane. A paper ticket in Brisbane is 65c more expensive than for an Oyster Card single fare in London! With the possible exception of Los Angeles, all of the transport networks in this comparison have a considerably more frequent service than Brisbane. The Australian Dollar is strong at the moment, and this comparison hasn't taken into account financial differences between cities, such as average wages. However, it appears that Brisbanites are paying above the odds for a mediocre public transport service. It is more evidence that TransLink's run of huge fare rises in an attempt to decrease Queensland Government subsidy is seriously ripping off Brisbane's public transport users!
The Courier Mail has run this story in both their paper, and website. A poll asking if "Brisbane's public transport is too expensive" was at the time of this update showing more than 95% saying yes. There are also an incredible 395 comments and counting. This goes to show that Brisbane's commuters are very angry about paying higher fares, with mediocre public transport, and minimal service improvements. It also goes to show that only TransLink and the Queensland Government believe their own spin!