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Minister Ayres, MP Sage, Minister Berijklian

OPAL ticketless ride reached Penrith, Blue Mountain buses

Minister Ayres, MP Sage, Minister Berijklian
Minister Ayres, MP Sage, Minister Berijklian

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced Opal will go live on 75 buses in Penrith and the Blue Mountains next week, as the countdown continues to retire a number of old paper tickets on 1 September 2014.

The roll out of Opal is steaming ahead, with customers now able to tap on and tap off all suburban and intercity trains, all Sydney Ferries and more than 1,750 buses across Sydney.

Ms Berejiklian said the latest Opal milestone would benefit customers catching Blue Mountains Bus Co services in Penrith, Emu Plains and the Blue Mountains – as far west as Mount Victoria.

“More than 450,000 Opal cards have already been issued, giving customers access to cheaper fares, daily travel caps, free travel rewards and the convenience of never having to queue for a ticket again,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“It is fantastic that customers are embracing Opal in such large numbers. With the start of Opal pop-up kiosks on 28 major stations this week, we’re seeing even more people sign up to Opal ahead of the retirement of 14 paper ticket types on 1 September.

“Retiring some paper tickets is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to bring the State’s public transport network into the 21st century – it’s embarrassing that after 16 years of Labor’s failure we’re behind the majority of cities in Australia and around the world.”

Ms Berejiklian said Opal cards are now available through the Opal website, call centre, pop-up kiosks at major train stations, and will soon be available at more than 1,000 retailers.

“Around 70 per cent of customers are choosing to link their Opal card to a credit or debit card so it automatically tops up and they never have to worry about queuing for a ticket or manually topping up their card.”

Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres welcomed the arrival of Opal on more buses in Western Sydney and encouraged locals to sign up for their free Opal card today.

“Public transport customers can either go on-line or call up to get their Opal card sent to their home, or they can visit the pop-up kiosk at Penrith Station on Monday and Tuesday mornings and Monday afternoons until the end of September,” Mr Ayres said.

“I encourage customers to find out which old paper tickets are being retired on 1 September and which tickets will remain – importantly pensioners and seniors can continue to buy their paper Pensioner Excursion Tickets.

“The Gold Senior/Pensioner Opal card will be released later this year with a daily travel cap of $2.50. We will have more details about how seniors and pensioners can get their Opal card and top it up in the coming months.”

Member for Blue Mountains Roza Sage said she was pleased residents would now be able to use their Opal card on all trains, as well as 24 local bus routes from Monday.

“As Opal rolls out to more transport modes, we’re really starting to see the benefits of having one ticket to catch any type of public transport,” Mrs Sage said.

“Blue Mountains customers using Opal get a range of benefits, including a daily travel cap of $15, a weekly travel cap of $60, and unlimited travel on Sundays for no more than $2.50.

“Regular Opal users also get free travel after eight paid journeys in a week – which means they can catch trains, buses and ferries at no cost.

“For locals who are looking for an un-registered Opal card on-the-spot, I am pleased pop-up kiosks will be set up to rotate weekly across the busy Blaxland, Katoomba and Springwood stations on Mondays and Tuesdays from next week until the end of September.”

Registered Adult or Child/Youth Opal cards can be ordered from or by calling 13 67 25 (13 OPAL).

To coincide with the retirement of some paper tickets, the NSW government has released a series of new ‘Opal Man’ videos. The fourth video in the series is now available to view at