Opal trial begins

New South Wales’ new electronic ticketing trial has begun

Opal trial begins
Opal trial begins
December 10, 2012

New South Wales’ new electronic ticketing
trial has officially begun.

NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian launched the new Opal card system on the Neutral Bay ferry route on Friday for 200 people already registered for the card.

The customer trial is expected to be available for all Sydney Ferries’ customers at 42 wharves from Parramatta to Manly by the end of next year.

Berejiklian says following the trial the card will
be rolled out on all bus, train and light rail

"We are starting with ferries because the service is simpler and smaller in scale," Berejiklian says.

"That makes it easier to introduce the system and to trial the new technology, services and customer interactions."

The Opal card fare for the Neutral Bay customer trial will be the same as a MyZone adult single fare, but the card is free.

The state’s government recently announced a number of incentives to encourage people to adopt the Opal card.

The incentives include a weekly reward providing free travel after eight paid journeys in a week, $2.50 daily cap on Sundays for Opal card customers, and a daily travel cap of $15 from Monday to Saturday.

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