Opal heads east


People in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs will be able to use Opal cards on buses from next week

Sydney bus customers will be able to use Opal for the first time on every bus in the Eastern Suburbs from July 21.

The latest Opal roll out covers 580 buses in the Eastern Suburbs, which carry more than five million customers every month from areas including Randwick, Maroubra, Watsons Bay, La Perouse and Mascot.

Opal readers have been progressively switched-on on State Transit buses in the Eastern Suburbs over the last few weeks, and from Monday customers will be able to turn up to any bus and tap on.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian says this is another huge milestone for Sydney transport customers as it means they’ll never have to queue for a ticket again.

"We’re seeing thousands of customers sign up to Opal every week, with 400,000 Opal cards now issued and more than 25 million Opal journeys taken on public transport," she says.

"The number of customers tapping on with Opal is increasing as more buses go live and customers realise the benefit of not queuing for a ticket on Monday morning or turning up to the bus stop and realising their TravelTen has run out."

In coming months unregistered Opal cards will also become available at retail stores across Sydney and at pop-up kiosks on train stations, for those customers not wanting to obtain their cards online or by phone.

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