South Coast and Southern Highlands lines go live with Opal

Published 4th April, 2014 in Transport

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian has announced customers have taken more than one million free trips with their Opal card thanks to free travel rewards, as electronic ticketing goes live on another 52 train stations.

Bowral Train Station
Bowral Train Station

Opal is available on all Sydney Train stations and from April 4 is also on the South Coast and Southern Highlands lines - giving thousands more customers access to weekly travel rewards, daily caps, and cheaper fares.

“Customers are enjoying the benefits of Opal, with one million free trips now taken as part of Opal’s Weekly Travel Reward and Daily Travel Caps,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I am really pleased customers are taking advantage of Opal’s free travel after eight journeys a week, which means if you travel to work and back every day, you get free travel anywhere on any mode of public transport on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

“The free travel reward is designed to encourage more people to use public transport, especially on the weekends, and the latest data shows it is working.

“Customers can also travel for free after they reach daily travel caps of $15 from Monday to Saturday and $2.50 on Sundays.

“More than 165,000 public transport customers have already signed up for an Opal card and more than 6.5 million journeys had been taken with the Opal card.”

With an Opal card, rail customers can now travel to popular tourist destinations on the South Coast and in the Southern Highlands such as Bowral, Kiama and Wollongong. From 7 April, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and the Hunter will be included.

Ms Berejiklian said Opal is also already available on all Sydney Ferries and two bus routes, with buses to come on line by the end of the year.

“I encourage customers to register for their Opal card now and never have to worry about buying a ticket again.”

Register for a free Opal card  or purchase Opal mobile phone cover merchandise.

Published 4th April, 2014 in Transport