Transport for NSW today announced that from 14 February, Opal Card will be available at 22 train stations in Western Sydney. The move is expected to offer tens of thousands of train customers in Sydney’s west a faster, cheaper and more convenient transport experience.
The Opal network will stretch from Homebush to Casula via Granville, as well as along the Carlingford line to Olympic Park. From 28 February, the network will be extended to a further 26 stations, from Harris park to Emu Plains and to Richmond via Schofields.
Speaking from Parramatta Station, NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell said: “Today marks a significant milestone for Western Sydney as we modernise the way people use public transport, put an end to the Monday morning queue for a ticket and offer free Friday and weekend travel for regular customers,”
The implementation of Opal Card is set to reduce transport costs for Western Sydney customers. For regular Parramatta to Town Hall train commuters a weekly paper ticket costs $41.00, but Opal customers will only pay $37.60, and will also be rewarded with free travel on any mode for the rest of the week after eight paid journeys.
By the end of 2014, 40 ferry wharves, more than 300 train stations and more than 5,000 buses will have Opal operating in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, and Southern Highlands, with light rail services expected to come on line in 2015.