Brisbane’s public transport costs revealed

The State’s peak motoring body has undertaken new research comparing Brisbane’s transport costs to Australia’s other major capital cities.

RACQ commissioned research by Deloitte Access Economics to produce its Cost of Living report, which examined prices of public transport, taxis and ride sharing services during the month of July.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said it was important to understand if prices were fair and where Brisbane residents were being hit hardest.

“Of the five cities compared, Brisbane locals were enjoying the second cheapest train and bus fares for travel within the CBD, but that changed dramatically as soon as longer journeys were taken,” Ms Smith said.

“The costs associated with train travel out of the city were the most expensive of the five major capital cities, second only to Perth, with those in Brisbane having to pay double what Adelaide residents were for an equivalent journey.”

Ms Smith said there were interesting findings when it came to ride sharing and taxi costs.

“Brisbane locals were paying the second most expensive taxi prices of the five major capital cities and that was consistent throughout day, night and peak times,” she said.

“When we look at costs associated with Uber, Brisbane was bang in the middle: cheaper than Sydney and Adelaide, but more expensive than Melbourne and Perth.”

Ms Smith said it was vital public transport remained affordable for Brisbane residents.

“Public transport is an absolute necessity for reducing congestion on our roads,” she said.

“We call on the State Government and Brisbane City Council to continue to look at ways to make catching a bus or train an affordable option for commuters.”