Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced the Opal card is now available to train customers on the South Coast Line, marking a significant milestone for public transport in the region.
Ms Berejiklian said more than 165,000 public transport customers had already signed up for an Opal card and more than 6.5 million journeys had been taken.
“Opal is proving popular and I am really pleased customers are taking advantage of the travel rewards, with more than 1 million free trips now taken on public transport thanks to the offer of free travel after eight journeys and daily travel caps,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Thousands more customers can now take advantage of cheaper, faster and more convenient train journeys,” Ms Berejiklian said
Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said Opal is already available on the entire Sydney Trains network and now it’s live on the South Coast Line.
“The Opal card provides train customers with benefits such as cheaper fares, discounts up to 13 per cent and an off-peak discount of 30 per cent. Opal also provides daily travel caps of no more than $15 or $2.50 on Sundays,” Mr Evans said.
For a customer with an Opal card travelling from Thirroul to Central the single adult fare is $8.10 compared to an $8.60 paper ticket and only $4.41 if they travel off-peak.
Train customers commuting every day will pay no more than $60 a week, compared to $61 for a paper ticket, or even less if they travel off-peak.
“I encourage locals to register for their Opal card now and never have to worry about buying a ticket again,” Mr Evans said.
To register for a free Opal card visit www.opal.com.au or to purchase a phone cover visit www.shop.transportnsw.info.