Opal rollout for Hunter, NSW

Opal has been rolled out onto almost 130 buses in the Hunter, NSW, as the end of the process nears

The Opal rollout onto buses has continued with nearly 130 buses and 18 routes in the lower Hunter, New South Wales, able to use the technology.

Hunter services carry more than 660,000 passenger journeys a year and take the total number of active Opal buses to more than 3,000.

Minister for Transport and Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian announced the rollout of Opal has continued to nearly 130 buses on 18 routes in the lower Hunter.

She says Opal is changing the way people travel right across the state.

 "Customers are embracing the modern new ticketing system and last week’s smooth transition with the retirement of some paper tickets was a big test that went very well for train customers in the Central Coast and Hunter."

Berejiklian says over the coming months, the number of Opal retailers will increase significantly.

"More and more customers are choosing auto top-up as their preferred setting so they no longer have to queue or go to a shop for a card top up. It is just like having an e-tag in your pocket," she says.

Opal is already available on all suburban and intercity trains, all Sydney Ferries, and will be live on around 5,000 buses by the end of the year, with light rail in Sydney following early next year.

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