Opal rolled out on all trains as new merchandise range launched
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced Opal electronic ticketing would be extended to Blue Mountains, Hunter and Newcastle train stations on 11 April – marking the completion of the Opal rollout for all train customers.
Given this significant milestone, Ms Berejiklian today also launched a new range of Opal card phone cases for customers, making it even easier to tap on and tap off.
“The progressive rollout of Opal to all 308 Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink intercity stations by 11 April marks an important milestone for public transport customers,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Within two weeks customers will be able to use an Opal card to travel anywhere on Sydney Ferries and all trains across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Newcastle, the Southern Highlands and the Illawarra.
“The Opal card is already transforming the way people move around Sydney, with more than 5.5 million journeys taken on trains, buses and ferries using Opal.
“This latest rollout means train and ferry customers won’t have to worry about queuing up for a ticket or fumbling for coins ever again.
"The previous Labor government spent more than a decade talking about electronic ticketing and failed to deliver anything for customers.
“Within three years of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government taking office, we’ve honoured our commitment and Opal will be available to all train and Sydney Ferries customers.
“Around 140,000 Opal cards have now been registered - giving customers lower fares, daily caps, free weekly travel rewards and the convenience of never buying a paper ticket again.”
Ms Berejiklian said new Opal phone cases being released for purchase today are the first stage of a new NSW public transport merchandise range.
“The vast majority of customers use their smartphone when travelling so I am excited a new range of Opal phone covers will mean convenient access to the network will always be within arm’s reach,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I have had a number of customers personally approach me and tell me a product like this would make catching public transport with Opal even easier, so I am pleased we have been able to make it possible.”
The new Opal card phone covers range in price from $9.95 to $14.95 plus postage and handling and are available for purchase through a new website –www.shop.transportnsw.info.
“Major transport networks around the world, such as London’s Tube and the Paris Metro, have a fantastic range of merchandise available to their customers. We want to offer the same opportunity to visitors, locals and enthusiasts of our own network so they can have a memento of their travel with us,” Ms Berejiklian said.
It is hoped the merchandise will also generate a fresh revenue stream over time, which will be reinvested to deliver network improvements.
Opal branded phone covers are available for the iPhone 4 and 4s, iPhone 5 and 5s, Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4. To register for a free Opal card visit www.opal.com.au or to purchase a phone cover visit www.shop.transportnsw.info.