Opal to roll out on 75 more buses in Western Sydney

The roll out of Opal on buses in Sydney is continuing as 450,000 cards have already been issued

Opal will go live on 75 buses in Penrith and the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, this month as the countdown continues until paper tickets are retired in September.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian says the roll out of Opal is steaming ahead with customers now able to tap on and tap off on more than 1750 buses across Sydney.

She says the latest Opal milestone will benefit customers catching Blue Mountains Bus Co services in Penrith, Emu Plains and the Blue Mountains – as far west as Mount Victoria.

More than 450,000 Opal cards have already been issued as the paper tickets are to be retired on September 1.

 "Retiring some paper tickets is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to bring the State’s public transport network into the 21st century," says Berejiklian.

Member for Blue Mountains Roza Sage is pleased residents will now be able to use their Opal card on all trains, as well as 24 local bus routes from Monday.

"As Opal rolls out to more transport modes, we’re really starting to see the benefits of having one ticket to catch any type of public transport," she says.

"Blue Mountains customers using Opal get a range of benefits, including a daily travel cap of $15, a weekly travel cap of $60, and unlimited travel on Sundays for no more than $2.50.

"Regular Opal users also get free travel after eight paid journeys in a week – which means they can catch trains, buses and ferries at no cost."

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