Member for Heathcote Lee Evans and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announce Opal is set to go-live on 200 local buses

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today joined Member for Heathcote Lee Evans at Austinmer to announce Opal electronic ticketing will go live for customers on all 200 local buses on Monday 3 November.
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is getting on with the job of delivering modern and convenient public transport, with Opal now live on all suburban and intercity trains, all Sydney Ferries and more than 4,300 buses.
Ms Berejiklian said she was pleased that from next month Illawarra bus customers will be able to access cheaper fares and more convenient travel, with electronic ticketing on 200 buses across 30 routes from Stanwell Park to Shellharbour.
“The latest rollout of Opal will cover buses which serve thousands of customers in communities across 90 Illawarra suburbs,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“After waiting 16 years for Labor’s failed attempts to deliver electronic ticketing, we’re finally catching up with the rest of the world.
“The people of NSW are embracing Opal and taking advantage of cheaper, easier and more convenient travel with more than 1.1 million Opal cards now issued to public transport customers.
“These customers are also taking advantage of free travel, with more than 13 million free trips taken by customers thanks to Opal’s free weekly travel rewards. After eight paid journeys, Opal customers get free unlimited travel on trains, buses and ferries.”
From Monday 3 November, customers using 170 Premier Illawarra buses across 24 routes in Bellambi, Corrimal, Fairy Meadow, Wollongong, Port Kembla, Unanderra, Dapto, Albion Park and Shellharbour can tap on and tap off with an Opal card.
Greens and Dions buses will also go live, transporting customers across 15 suburbs on 30 buses including Austinmer, Bulli, Stanwell Park, Thirroul, Coledale, Russell Vale and Woonona areas.
Mr Evans said Illawarra train customers have been using Opal on South Coast Line intercity services since April this year and this rollout on buses will make travel seamless.
“Labor left public transport in a mess and this Government has been working hard to turn things around,” he said.
“As well as delivering electronic ticketing, since March 2011 the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has introduced more than 10,500 extra train, bus and ferry services right across the state, including here in the Illawarra.
“We’re also upgrading stations, providing more parking, improving customer service and technology, and investing $2.8 billion in a new state-of-the-art intercity train fleet for customers travelling longer distances from the South Coast.”
Mr Evans said customers can get their Opal card at a local retailer or have it sent to their home by ordering a card on the Opal website or calling Opal on 13 67 25.
“We’re talking to newsagencies and corner stores throughout the region to encourage them to come on board as Opal retailers, with numbers growing all the time. Opal top-up machines at stations will be available later in the rollout,” he said.
“Adult and Child Opal cards are now available and we will be releasing the Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card before the end of the year. It’s important that pensioners and seniors remember they can keep buying and using their paper Pensioner Excursion Ticket (PET) even after the Gold Opal card is released, and well into the future.”

Bus customers can access a range of benefits with an Opal card:
    •    Cheaper adult single bus fares - between two and nine per cent compared to MyBus paper tickets.
    •    Opal Weekly Travel Reward, earned after 8 paid journeys, makes it cheaper than a TravelTen for customers travelling to and from work Monday to Friday.
    •    Convenient customer-friendly bus-to-bus transfer fare system - if you transfer within 60 minutes you’re only charged one fare for the journey.
    •    Never queue for a ticket again

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