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Australian State Government Completes Roll Out of Contactless Smart Payment Card on Trains Network
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Australia
Created: Apr 09, 2014

From next week, city commuters will be able to use their contactless smart card to pay their fares on the entire Sydney Trains network, said Transport for New South Wales Minister Gladys Berejiklian (pictured).

The electronic payment system called ‘Opal’ was extended to an additional 70 stations last week.

“This marks a significant milestone for commuters across Sydney, as Opal provides cheaper fares, modernises the way people use public transport and puts an end to the Monday morning queue for a ticket,” Berejiklian said.

“Around 150,000 Opal cards have now been registered - that’s around 15,000 new card orders this week alone.

“We are seeing more and more people sign up for an Opal card as readers are switched on at their local station and customers find out about the benefits of Opal - cheaper fares, daily caps, weekly rewards and discounts for off-peak train travel.”

The latest rollout means customers from Green Square to Macarthur, Erskineville to Liverpool and Lidcombe, Sydenham to Waterfall and Cronulla can now use Opal.

By Friday 11 April, Opal will be available across the entire NSW TrainLink network, including the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains, Newcastle and the Hunter.

“Three years since coming to Government, we have completed the rollout of Opal electronic ticketing on the entire Sydney Trains network, after Labor promised it for the 2000 Olympics and failed to deliver,” Berejiklian said.

“I am pleased that in just two weeks’ time, customers travelling on intercity trains will get to 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.”

With Sydney Ferries already on line and trains near completion, the NSW Government will turn its attention to rolling out Opal to 5,000 buses in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, and Southern Highlands. Opal will be available on light rail in 2015. 

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