Opal card trial starts on buses today

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Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today said customers can use the Opal card on buses, with the first trial on a selected route…

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today said customers can use the Opal card on buses, with the first trial on a selected route underway, three months ahead of schedule.

The trial began today on buses on the 594/594H route, operated by Transdev NSW, on services between Hornsby, North Turramurra and Town Hall.

"Today is another significant milestone for the Opal project as buses now join all Sydney Ferries services and selected trains in the rollout," Ms Berejiklian said.

"The Sydney Ferries rollout was completed in August, and the rollout to trains is also attracting many customers keen to enjoy the convenience and benefits of using Opal."

Opal is already accepted on all Sydney Ferries services, and at train stations from the CBD north to Chatswood, in addition to the City Circle and stations to Bondi Junction.

More than 28,500 Opal cards have been ordered so far, and the Opal website has had 250,000 visitors.

"Buses will be the most technically challenging mode for the Opal rollout, and we are expecting some glitches during the trial," Ms Berejiklian said.

"The challenge is to ensure that - when completed - the system is accurately communicating with the more than 5,000 buses that will accept the Opal card in Sydney and the regions."

Opal fares for buses include:

  • Cheaper adult single bus fares of between two and five per cent;
  • An Opal Weekly Travel Reward, earned with 8 paid journeys on buses, trains, ferries or light rail, making regular travel cheaper than a MyBus TravelTen;
  • Three distance based Opal fare bands – similar to the current MyBus fare bands though with lower prices than paper tickets;
  • A more customer-friendly bus-to-bus transfer fare system - if your transfer is made within 60 minutes, you will only be charged one fare corresponding to your whole journey, compared to two fares currently with paper tickets on buses.

Come 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.