Washington D.C., United States (WMATA photograph by Larry Levine)

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Ticket price: $3.25
Annual ridership: 293 million

Fares are so high on the D.C. Metrorail because it's one of the few North American transit systems with no dedicated source of government funding. In fact, almost 60 per cent of the Metrorail's operating budget has to come from fare revenue alone, so you can see why the price of a fare has gone through the roof. The good news with riding the D.C. Metro: Washington is said to have some of the most congested car traffic in the U.S. The bad news: a one-way ticket, if your commute is over a certain length, can easily jump to as much as $4.75.