500,000 Opal cards issued

COMMUTERS can take advantage of cheaper fares and more convenient public transport in Mount Druitt.

Around 500,000 Opal cards have been issued across Sydney as Opal went live on another 300 Busways buses throughout western Sydney and the total number of Opal buses to 2300.

Opal is already available on suburban and intercity trains, Sydney Ferries and will be live on 5000 buses by the end of the year, with light rail to follow early next year.

"Customers had already ordered 500,000 Opal cards — a huge 32,000 were issued in one recent week alone," Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said.

"The take-up of Opal has been extraordinary and I am just delighted customers are embracing Sydney's modern new ticketing system.

"With 14 paper ticket types being retired on September 1, now is the time for customers to get their Opal card online, over the phone, at pop-up kiosks at more than 40 stations and shopping centres and from more than 1000 retailers."

Opal fares benefits included cheaper single bus fares compared to MyBus paper tickets, free travel for the rest of the week after eight paid journeys and a bus-to-bus transfer fare system if a transfer is within 60 minutes.

Off-peak train fares for non-Opal card-holders will not be available after September 1.

A credit or debit card and access to a computer is needed to register for an Opal card.

Seniors and pensioner Opal cards are currently not available.

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