NSW paper tickets retired

Paper tickets in New South Wales have been retired to encourage the use of Opal cards

Some paper tickets in New South Wales are being retired as people are being encouraged to take up the Opal card.

The retirement of 14 paper ticket types comes as more than 700,000 Opal cards have now been issued, including more than 120,000 in the last fortnight.

There are still more than 20 paper tickets available from today, but customers are being encouraged to use Opal to take advantage of the many benefits.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian says Opal has been progressively rolled out on public transport since December 2012 and customers are now taking around 3 million journeys every week using their Opal card.

"The NSW Government is rolling out a modern electronic ticketing system to bring Sydney’s public transport system into the 21st century and catch up with other major cities around the world," she says.

"Retiring some old paper tickets is just the next step in modernising public transport in NSW. We are really pleased with the take up of Opal so far."

Berejiklian says it is now easier than ever before to get an Opal card, and customers can take advantage of free unlimited travel after eight journeys and off peak travel discounts.

"Many customers are choosing to set their card to auto-top-up so they never have to worry about loading money or queuing again, just like having an e-tag," she says.

"Customers are now able to use their Opal card to tap on and tap off all trains, all Sydney Ferries and more than 2,800 buses – with the rollout on track to be completed on buses by the end of the year."

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