Opal Now Live On Local Buses

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today encouraged locals to get their Opal
card, with electronic ticketing now live on almost 600 buses in Sydney’s North West.

“Opal has arrived in the North West, with customers now able to tap on and tap off 68
Hillsbus routes with their Opal card,” Mr Elliott said.

This latest Opal rollout includes buses in 30 suburbs, including Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Pennant Hills, Parramatta, Blacktown, and express services along the M2 Hills Motorway to Railway Square in the City.

Opal is already available on all suburban and intercity trains, all Sydney Ferries services, and an increasing number of bus routes.

“Opal is modernising public transport services and bus customers in Baulkham Hills can now benefit from the convenience of never having to queue for a ticket again or finding out their weekly bus ticket has expired,” Mr Elliott said.

“Opal is also putting an end to having to have your ticket marked off with a pen.”

As well as the added convenience, Opal is cheaper for the overwhelming majority of customers, with daily fare caps, $2.50 Sunday travel across all transport modes and free travel on any mode after eight journeys in a week.

“The Sunday fare cap means you can travel on buses, as well as catch trains and ferries all day for no more than $2.50,” Mr Elliott said.

“The Weekly Travel Reward is also great news for regular commuters, as it means if you travel to work and back Monday to Thursday, your travel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be free.”

“The incentives offered by the Opal card are about making the use of public transport simpler, more affordable and more convenient to a greater number of customers.”

Opal fares for buses include:

  • Cheaper adult single bus fares of between two and nine per cent compared to MyBus paper tickets;
  • Opal Weekly Travel Reward, earned after 8 paid journeys makes Monday to Friday twice a day bus travel cheaper than a MyBus TravelTen;
  • A more customer-friendly bus-to-bus transfer fare system – if your transfer is within 60 minutes you will only be charged one fare corresponding to your whole journey.

By the end of 2014 more than 5,000 buses will have Opal across Sydney, the Blue
Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, and Southern Highlands. Light rail will follow in early 2015.

To order an Adult or Child/Youth Opal card go to opal.com.au or call 13 67 25 (13 OPAL). The $2.50 Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card will be released later this year.