Local residents now have even more options for getting and topping up an Opal card with more Opal retailers in the Heathcote electorate than ever before.

There are just four weeks to go until most types of older style paper travel tickets are phased out on 1 January.

To help people get a card, the NSW Government has announced extra Opal retail outlets at 50 Woolworths stores and 19 additional Service NSW centres.

This means Opal is now available at the Miranda Service NSW centre, as well as Woolworth stores at Engadine and Menai.

Together this gives local public transport users more options than ever before to pick up their Adult or Child/Youth card or to add value to their card.

Opal is simple and convenient to use and has many advantages over the old-style paper tickets, including daily and weekly fare caps, free travel after eight paid journeys in a week, and 30 per cent discount off-peak train fares.

The Opal system is now three years old. That’s why I’m encouraging everyone in the community to make the switch now and ensure they are prepared for travel in 2016.

Customers can also get a card at Opal kiosks now located at 45 trains stations, ferry wharves, light rail stops and bus interchanges, as well as at selected shopping centres. This includes the Gold Opal card for seniors and pensioners.

Opal is also available online at www.opal.com.au, by calling Opal Customer Care on 13 67 25 or at one of more than 2,000 retailers across the network