Opal a gem for public transport


London has the Oyster, Hong Kong has the Octopus, and Sydney will have the Opal.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian today announced the Australian national gemstone would find its way into the pocket of public transport customers in the form of the new electronic ticket.

With the first roll-out of the new ticket scheduled for Sydney Ferries late next year, Ms Berejiklian said it was time to name the card which would become a travel essential for passengers in Sydney, the Hunter, the Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.

“The Opal will become the ticket to ride for 1.5 million commuters and thousands of daytrippers and visitors – making their journeys easy and seamless,” Ms Berejiklian said.