Manly ferry service customers can use the Opal card from today, with the trial of the new electronic ticketing system extended from the Neutral Bay ferry route.
The extension of the trial continues the progressive rollout on ferries since customers started using the Opal card late last year.
By the end of the year, the Opal card will be available on all ferry services at 42 wharves from Parramatta to Manly.
The Opal card single adult ferry fare between Circular Quay and Manly is $7.00. This is less than the MyFerry single adult fare of $7.20. There is no change to paper tickets or other fare products at this time.
Come 2015, 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.
Customers will be able to use the Opal card progressively across the train network from the second half of this year, starting on the City Circle and the Eastern Suburbs line to Bondi Junction.
There are three incentives to encourage customers to use the Opal card:
- A weekly reward providing free travel after eight paid journeys in a week - for example a customer paying for two journeys a day from Monday to Thursday will be eligible for unlimited free travel from Friday to Sunday;
- A $2.50 daily cap on Sundays for Opal card customers - travel all you want and it will cost no more than $2.50 per-person;
- A daily travel cap of $15 from Monday to Saturday - helping tourists and one-off users travel affordably using an Opal card.
For more information please visit http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/opal
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