TAP ON - TAP OFF: OPAL JOURNEYS PASS ONE MILLION
21 November 2013
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today said Opal customers have made more than 1 million journeys since electronic ticketing was introduced in Sydney last year.
Opal is now available on all Sydney Ferries services, all train stations from Bondi Junction to Central and north to Chatswood, and is also being trialled on the 594/594H bus route between Hornsby, North Turramurra and Town Hall.
“I’m pleased so many customers are enjoying the advantages of Opal, with more than one million journeys taken since it was introduced last December,” she said.
“There has been steady growth in the number of Opal journeys as the system expands and more customers realise they will never have to search for coins, or queue up to buy a ticket again.
“Customers are also taking advantage of the cost benefits, including unlimited free travel after eight journeys in a week, a $2.50 Sunday maximum, and a $15 daily cap.”
More than 37,000 Opal cards have now been ordered, and more than two thirds of customers have set up a direct debit system, much like having an e-tag in your pocket.
“It’s great to see customers also enjoy the tap on and tap off system, and many people are ordering the card once they see others using it,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The next Opal roll out on trains early in 2014 will be to stations from Redfern to Strathfield, Strathfield to Hornsby, Epping to Chatswood and north of Chatswood to Wyong on the Central Coast.
Stations along the Western Line to Emu Plains and Richmond and from Strathfield to Liverpool via Regents Park will also have Opal in early 2014, and it will expand to more bus routes.
In 2015, 40 ferry wharves, more than 300 train stations and more than 5,000 buses and light rail will have Opal equipment operating in Sydney, the Hunter, Central Coast, the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and the Blue Mountains.