Single biggest roll out

Opal will roll out to about 600 buses next week to bring Sydney transport into the 21st century

Opal will roll out to about 600 buses in Sydney’s North West next week in the single biggest electronic ticket roll out on buses so far.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian says this is great news for Western Sydney and means the end of having tickets marked off with a pen for so many customers.

"This milestone means we will double the footprint of Opal on buses and give thousands more customers access to cheaper fares and more convenient travel," says Berejiklian.

This latest Opal rollout will cover buses in 30 suburbs in Western Sydney, including Castle Hill, Rouse Hill, Pennant Hills, Parramatta, Blacktown, and express services along the M2 Hills Motorway to the City.

Berejiklian says at the moment Hillsbus customers buy a number of paper tickets that need to be marked off with a pen when they board the bus. 

"This is simply not good enough, and is not the type of service we should expect in Sydney in the 21st century and I am pleased Opal will finally put an end to this," she says.

 "Opal is quick to use, you simply tap on when you board you bus and tap off when you get off."

The NSW Government has also announced the retirement of a number of old paper ticket types from September 1, 2014.

Tickets being retired can be purchased up until this date and can continue to be used by customers until they expire.

"Sydney is behind the rest of the world when it comes to electronic ticketing," Berejiklian says.

By the end of 2014 more than 5,000 buses will have Opal across Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra, and Southern Highlands.

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