Opal wins award

NSW’s electronic ticketing system is Australia’s 2014 Smart Infrastructure Project of the Year

New South Wales Opal electronic ticketing system has been named Australia’s 2014 Smart Infrastructure Project of the Year.

Opal was recognised for excellence in the design, delivery and use of smart infrastructure at the annual Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Awards this month.

Opal is now available at 120 train stations, all Sydney Ferries and on two bus routes .

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian says Opal is a major step forward for Sydney and the national award reflects the progress they have made using smart technology.

"Opal is already proving popular with customers and now it’s great to see the project recognised at a national level by the national infrastructure sector."

She says Opal is transforming the way people catch public transport.

"Opal signals the end of fumbling for coins and ticket queues – customers can link their Opal card to their credit or debit card and never have to worry about buying a ticket again."

This is the fourth major accolade for the Opal project, which last year took out the Transport category of the Sydney Design Awards, as well as an Australian International Design Award and a Powerhouse Museum Design Award.

Come 2015, more than 5,000 buses and light rail will have Opal equipment operating in and around Sydney.


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