Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said this was a significant milestone for commuters across Sydney, as Opal provides cheaper fares, modernises the way people use public transport and ends Monday morning ticket queues.
“Around 150,000 Opal cards have now been registered - that’s around 15,000 new card orders this week alone,” she said.
NSW train station roll out
Customers can already use Opal to travel anywhere on Sydney Ferries, and by 11 April 2014 it will be available across the entire NSW TrainLink network, including the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains, Newcastle and the Hunter.
Ms Berejiklian said she was pleased that in just two weeks’ time, customers travelling on intercity trains could use their Opal card.
“This is a benefit for local communities as well as Sydneysiders wanting to use free travel rewards or Opal daily caps to travel on trains– including to popular tourist locations such as the Blue Mountains, Hunter and the Highlands.”
Opal phone card cases
To mark this major milestone, a new range of Opal card phone cases are available to purchase online.
The cases aim to make using the card even more convenient, and are the first stage of a new NSW public transport merchandise range.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said major transport networks around the world, such as London’s Tube and the Paris Metro, already have a fantastic range of merchandise.
“We want to offer the same opportunity to visitors, locals and enthusiasts of our own network so they can have a memento of their travel with us,” she said.
The new phone covers cost from $9.95 to $14.95 (+ postage and handling), and are available for iPhone 4 and 4s, iPhone 5 and 5s, Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4.