Opal takes centre stage at Central


Three new initiatives have been unveiled to public transport customers including a major new customer service centre, improvements to the Transport website and cheaper Opal fares for job seekers.

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance toured and officially opened the new centre at Central Station, which will make travelling easier for the 100,000 people using the Grand Concourse each day.

An 11 metre long digital information board made up of 20 individual screens will display timetables and information about major events. The customer kiosk will be able to provide tourist information, Opal card top-ups and it includes a new mobile device recharge station.

“Customers have told us they want convenience, and this is what the upgrades well and truly deliver”, Mr Constance said.

Mr Constance also announced today that eligible NSW job seekers can now apply for a Concession Opal card to help them look for work.

“Access to an Opal card for job seekers means that for first time they can enjoy all of the benefits of Opal including a 50 per cent discount on the cheaper Opal adult fares, free trips after eight paid journeys, plus daily fare caps of $7.50 Monday to Saturday and only $2.50 on Sundays.”

Also unveiled today, an upgrade to the transportnsw.info website means customers can now plan a trip to and from regional NSW from their phone or desktop.

“Customers can now for the first time use the website to trip plan anywhere in NSW, as well as interstate to and from Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra. Previously you could only plan a trip in Greater Sydney,” Mr Constance said.

The website upgrade now provides access to all NSW TrainLink train and coach services and bus and ferry services in regional centres across NSW.