‘Opal Man’

NSW puts face to a name in new campaign to get commuters using Opal cards

‘Opal Man’
'Opal Man'

The New South Wales Government has launched a new ‘Opal Man’ campaign to encourage people to sign-up for the smart card as 300 buses are to go live with the technology later this month.

The latest Opal rollout comes as the NSW Government launches the ‘Opal Man’ campaign to encourage more customers to sign-up to the benefits of Opal ahead of the retirement of 14 paper tickets on September 1.

Gladys Berejiklian today announced 300 buses in South West Sydney and Hurstville will go live with Opal by the middle of this month.

On July 14 Opal will be switched on for customers catching Transit Systems buses across 80 suburbs including Liverpool, Bonnyrigg, Fairfield, Wetherill Park, Merrylands, Greystanes and Parramatta.

On July 16 Punchbowl Bus Services will go live with Opal across 35 suburbs including Hurstville, Roselands, Lakemba, Bankstown and Burwood.

"More than 360,000 Opal cards have now been issued and customers have taken 21 million journeys and more than 4.5 million free trips across trains, ferries and buses," says Berejiklian.

 "We’re now seeing over 15,000 Opal cards issued every week and I expect this number to increase as more people realise they can now use their Opal card to travel across trains, ferries and buses.

 "Opal will be live on around 5,000 buses by the end of the year – I know like so many people I talk to, I just can’t wait to start using my Opal on my bus."

To find out more about Opal see the first in a series of new ‘Opal Man’ videos on YouTube.

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