The final transition towards a modern integrated electronic ticketing system for NSWs public transport system will occur on August 1, 2016, when the last of the old paper tickets will no longer be sold or accepted.
Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, said for customers travelling outside the Opal network, nothing changes. “You can still buy your ticket as usual. “However, if you plan to travel inside the Opal network, after reaching your destination, you will need the appropriate Opal card,” Mr Crouch said. There are now more than 350 Opal top up machines placed at locations that provide coverage for 99 per cent of all train trips. 255 of these machines sell the last resort Opal single trip ticket.
Customers who don’t have an Opal card can purchase an Opal single trip ticket through top up machines for travel on trains, light rail and ferries. From August 1, an Opal single bus ticket will become available on-board buses. No tickets will be available for purchase on light rail or ferries. Following the recommendation from the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal, single trip tickets will be set to a standard premium fare across modes when compared to normal Opal card fares from September 5.
Media release, Jul 6, 2016 Debra Wales, Offi ce of Adam Crouch MP